Why you should go to Nice !

Favored by delicious weather, palm trees and a good harbor, Nice was founded by the Greeks around 350 BC and co-opted by the sun-seeking English upper-classes in the late 18th century, which explains the spectacular seaside Promenade des Anglais. Fifth largest French city today, it has its sprawling suburbs, but most stuff of interest is handily with a 20-minute walk from the center of town, particularly in the Old Town, where there's a growing LGBTQ presence. Great food, fine beaches, extraordinary museums, inviting nightlife are enough to keep anyone occupied, but the city also makes a convenient base for day trips along the Côte d'Azur or French Riviera including Monaco and Cannes, and the enchanting villages in the mountains behind the city.

The city actively encourages LGBTQ tourism and works closely with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). The Convention and Visitors Bureau has organized "Gay Comfort" certification programs and promotes LGBTQ-specific events like Pink Parade and LGBTQ film festivals. Called the "Gay Capital of the Riviera," it is second only to Paris as the most popular same-sex wedding destination. The year after such unions became legal, almost 13 per cent of all Nice ceremonies were same-sex.

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