Discover our local Gay Montpellier Guide and insiders’ recommendations, for best gay bars, beaches, clubs, restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping …
Montpellier is the capital of Languedoc Roussillon, in the South of France.
It has long been considered as the second gay-friendly city in France after Paris.
It remains one of the gayest cities in the South of France, along with Nice and Marseille.
Montpellier still has a lot to offer, and it is an ideal place to explore the coast and its famous gay-friendly beaches.
Unlike those on the French Riviera, they are very long and wide beaches and therefore are less crowded, even in summer.
Located outside the cities centers, they are often naturist.
When traveling in the South of France, or if you are on the road to Barcelona and Sitges, a stop in Montpellier is therefore essential.
The city has long been very prosperous, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries. The alleys around the Place de la Comédie, the main square of the City, are full of beautiful private mansions, sumptuous palaces, shops, and art galleries…
In every corner of the center, there are beautiful terraces of cafés where you can stop for a drink when it is getting too hot.
The Arc de Triomphe, the Aqueduct, the Place Royale, with its Statue of King Louis XIV, and the gardens of Peyrou, which were for a long time a famous place to cruise, are a superb example of classical architecture.
The whole area is very homogeneous and therefore looks like some little Versailles under the sun.
The city is known for its many museums, well renovated in recent years.
For instance, you could visit the Fabre Museum, which is undoubtedly one of the most interesting in the South of France and one of the largest museums in the French province. You will find excellent restaurants, trendy bars, and shops everywhere in the old town. Day trip If you have a car, you will undoubtedly spend your afternoons on one of the many gay-friendly beaches in the surroundings.
Gay beaches close to Montpellier
Among them, the famous beaches of Le Grand Travers, Les Maguelones, L’Espiguette or Les Aresquiers located a few kilometers from the city.
Note that traffic jams are frequent on the beaches roads in summer, and parking can be challenging in high season.
As there is little public transport, the sporty and healthy option is to take a bike.
On your way to the beach, you will admire the lagoons and ponds, which are populated by many pink flamingos, and plenty of birds who live there. A trail has been built above the lagoons to allow a closer look at them.
The flight of flamingos at sunset on a beautiful summer day is a perfect show to bluff your boyfriend.
Gay life in Montpellier
Gay life in Montpellier has declined in recent years but remains dynamic enough to spend an excellent weekend there.
A great night off begins with a drink in the gay-friendly bars of the old town.