Updated on 14 January 2021
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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. Land of peace and liberty, Normandy is a place where you can be yourself!
A region for everyone
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 of our continuing history!
It’s always fun to discover the local scene while travelling, so here are a few bars and nightclubs to check out for a great LGBTQ night out in Normandy:
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 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.
At the peak of the Cotentin Peninsula, Cherbourg is a large town of 80,000 inhabitants where you’ll find Le Freedom bar and nightclub.
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.
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!
Normandy’s second-largest city hosts a colourful Pride every year end May. Thousands of students take part in this event.
Despite its compact size, the town of Alençon also organises its own Pride event in May, in which 500 people took part last year.
Every April, the Ciné Friendly Film Festival in Rouen showcases the best of LGBTQ film.
All of the events mentioned above are steadily growing in popularity…
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 LGBTQ-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.