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Gay Nice

Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Nice, France.
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Say the word Nice to most gay and lesbian travelers and they’ll more than likely talk about the harbor brimming with fabulous yachts, the rich and famous, the tony restaurants, bars and clubs and the sun and sea of the Cote d’Azur. And they’re right. This Provence town is fast becoming the South of France mecca for discerning gay and lesbian travelers, only Paris keeps it off the top spot.

As you’d expect from an international resort, accommodations run the full spectrum of styles and prices. Nice has several great gay-friendly hotels, many centrally located including the Hotel Splendid, the predominantly gay Hotel Meyerbeer Beach, which is very close to the city's gay beach and the budget gay friendly Hotel Gounod Nice, which is near the Hotel Splendid but has lower rates to match the slightly less fancy rooms.

The part of town that has enjoyed a real renaissance in recent years is Vieux Nice (Old Nice). Some say this area has the air of an Italian village with its narrow streets, morning flower market, little open-air cafés and restaurants and bars, trendy boutiques, shops and galleries and its sprinkling of discos.

For the art lover, the most famous is the Musee Matisse, with its stunning collection of paintings by Henri Matisse who lived and painted here back in the 1940’s. Other artists who came here to capture the Mediterranean light include Renoir, Bonnard, Picasso, and Chagall.

For the gay shop-a-holic there are all kinds of shops; from cheapo T-Shirt shops, to the larger department stores like Galeries Lafayette to the boutique emporiums of Yves Saint Laurent, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

Running the length of the seafront is the Promenade des Anglais, lined with palm trees and other tropical plants. After midnight, the Parking Ferber end of the promenade becomes very cruisy.
Restaurants, brasseries, pizza parlors, seafood grills, fondue and tapas bars of every ethnic style are dotted throughout the town. Some like Cherry’s Café combine a popular restaurant and bar with the vantage point to watch the beautiful people saunter along the Promenade des Anglais.

As for the gay and lesbian club scene, Nice has several outstanding clubs and bars, although there aren't as many nightspots here as in larger European cities. Most of the gay action is to the east of down town Nice, near the port area. A couple of clubs worth thinking about is the Blue Boy, considered the city’s coolest gay disco, Tip Top and Le Rusca, which is more upscale. For those seeking a darker, more cruisy bar, checkout Castro Street or Block Men’s Club.
Coco Beach at avenue Jean Lorrain is the one gay beach in Nice, the other is gay-friendly called Castel Plage. For the nature lovers, the nude beach is La jetee du port, near the lighthouse.

And while in Nice don't forget to see all the typical villages which are just half an hour away by bus or train. There is obviously Monaco/Monte Carlo but also Eze Village, Antibes, Villefranche sur Mer, Saint Paul de Vence and Menton.

So, whether your are looking for relaxation, sun, fun, excitement, art or exceptional cuisine Nice, France is the perfect vacation spot for the gay and lesbian traveler.

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