Nice is where France meets Italy and mountains meet the sea, which adds up to an abundance of riches for all pleasure-seeking travelers. The city itself offers great food, a vibrant nightlife, world-class culture, beaches and a busy shopping boulevard. It has more museums than any French city other than Paris. What's more, it makes an ideal base for day-trips along the Cote d'Azur, into mountain villages and across borders to Monaco and Italy. The beach is seasonal with 15 private beaches spaced between public stretches.
It has a growing LGBTQ community with a big Pride parade and Queernaval that adds to the city's carnival fun. A gay neighborhood has grown up around Rue Bonaparte in the Old Town, but you'll find gay-owned and gay-friendly establishments throughout the city. After Paris, it is the second most popular destination for gays and lesbians, offering a warm Latin welcome.