LGBTQ Normandy

Land of peace and liberty, Normandy is a place where you can be yourself.

A region for everyone

Welcome to Normandy!

We may not have the reputation for being a world-famous LGBTQ destination, but you can be certain that Normandy welcomes everyone in an environment that is friendly to all. Each one of our main cities has a small, but vibrant LGBTQ scene, and our beautiful part of France hosts notable annual events and festivals such as the Rouen Pride. Normandy stands proud, accessible and welcoming, so come be a part in our continuing history!

Nightlife

It's always fun to discover the local scene while traveling, so here are a few bars and nightclubs to check out for an great LGBTQ night out in Normandy:

Rouen

Rouen is Normandy's capital city, and therefore boasts the region's most important LGBTQ scene. The medieval city centre has some good venues, including Le Milk and the famous XXL bar and nightclub.

Caen

Caen is Normandy's second-largest city and also has a couple of good venues, including L'Apollon, one of Normandy's oldest gay cruising bars, and L'Aqueerium.

Cherbourg

At the peak of the Cotentin Peninsula, Cherbourg is a large town of 80000 inhabitants where you'll find Le Freedom bar and nightclub.

Other towns

Even in some of Normandy's smaller towns you'll find some welcoming venues, such as the Feeling K-Fé in Vire, or the Asking Bar in Avranches, close to the Mont-Saint-Michel.

Events

Rouen Pride

This major event takes place every year early May. It starts off with a big parade through the streets of the city centre, continues with a party on the south bank and ends with an after party at Le Milk or a cruise on the River Seine!

Caen Pride

Normandy's second-largest city hosts a colourful Pride every year end May. Thousands of students take part in this event.

Alençon Pride

Despite its compact size, the town of Alençon also organises its own Pride event in May, in which 500 people took part last year.

Film Festival

Every April, the Ciné Friendly Film Festival in Rouen showcases the best of LGBTQ film. The next edition will take place at the Omnia Cinema in the city centre end April 2020.

All of these events are steadily growing.

Saunas

There are many saunas to enjoy across Normandy:

Rouen

Rouen boasts two saunas: Le Square, right bang in the city centre and Le Rive Droite.

Le Havre

In the heart of this port-city, you'll find the Hot Way, Normandy's oldest gay sauna.

Dieppe

This lively seaside resort actually has two saunas: L'Eclipse, on the Quai Duquesne in the town centre, and Le Quai Ouest, on the outskirts of town.

Caen

You'll find the rainbow flag flying proudly above the Arc-en-Ciel sauna in the city centre, just a few steps away from the marina.

Alençon

If you're visiting this charming town in the South of Normandy, you can check out the Abysse sauna, close to the train station.

Accommodation and more

Extra information

  • Created in 2015 by Normandy's LGBT Centre, this label can be found on many bars, cafés, shops and restaurants.
  • There are only a couple of real gay b&bs in Normandy, including Le temps au Temps, just one hour away from Paris in the heart of the Eure region. However, there are many other LGBT-friendly gites and b&bs which you will find listed HERE.
  • For extra information about news, events, local associations and the LGBTQ community in Normandy, you can have a look at the Gayviking website, packed with useful advice and info.