It may be near the end of the season but here in the French Riviera, we locals milk summer for all its worth.
Of late, something curious has been happening. Gay gathering spots no matter where you
travel do tend to change from time to time for whatever reason, but this summer something has
been slowly taking place on the beach at Eze-sur-Mer.
For a bit of a change this season, and quite frankly, to try and find a beach without tons of
people occupying it at the height of the summer months, either on my own and/or with various
friends, we’ve been going to the beach in Eze-sur-Mer and over time, we began noticing,
however subtly, an increase in the variety of gay men also going to this beach.
Without fail and for sure on the weekends, this new gay gathering beach spot is situated
between Bono’s (of U2 fame) amber-colored villa and more so directly in front of the yellow villa to the west of his property.
Photos below taken early in the morning before the crowds...
Nothing untoward is taking place at this plage, and maybe it’s an instinctive comfort in numbers
deal but it’s definitely becoming a new gay zone.
During the summer we started recognizing who we considered gay regulars to this part of the
beach starting about mid-morning with the numbers increasing and then varying as the day
goes on and on each visit, which was for the most part weekly for either myself or my friends.
Men of every age, body type, and nationality seem to be heading to this specific location, which
also made us wonder if the more well-known St. Laurent-Eze gay nude beach has become
too crowded with tourists given it is a smaller location. Or if this beach is just easier to access
with the train station near the beach in the village?
Its obvious cruising is taking place - but only by knowing glances of possible interest to each
other and then by an informal chat while sunbathing on the beach or swimming, or connected by
Grindr or Scruff as you’ll notice men on their phones and then looking around for who’s close by,
but for sure nothing sexual is taking place as the area is still very public and open.
And as with any gay gathering type spot, of course, there is no guarantee of men being around,
especially during the winter months. Some days there would only be about 6 men enjoying
a swim and time at the beach, some days there would easily be at least 20 men.
The nice thing too is there feels like there is no attitude, whether it’s the locals and/or visitors
coming to this beach. I’ve found it easy to speak with those I’ve become familiar with and the
same with friends of mine.
Next time you are in Eze-sur-Mer, check out the beach for yourself.