Monaco is perhaps the most exclusive principality of Europe between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and tucked between the Italian and French Riviera. Some of the most wealthy of the world are living there, and it is the playground of "luxurious offerings and material highlights". This mini-state is located inside France but not a Member State of the European Union. However, its citizens can enjoy all advantages of the EU and the low or no taxes of Monaco. The liberal French legislation on sexuality allows a gay-friendly approach. If you have enough money in your wallet, you are welcome to play, stay and enjoy Monaco. The Principality also became a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA - https://www.iglta.org/). It worth to notice that France's gay capital Nice is close. With numerous LGBT-oriented events like the annual gay pride, the new Queernaval, LGBT film festivals and more, Nice is one of the trendiest gay hotspots on the Mediterranean.
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Malta is the new gay-friendly hotspot in the Mediterranean. Regarding gay rights, Malta develops quickly and tops in the EU. It was only in 2011 when the Catholic country introduced divorce. In July 2017, the tiny island nation banned the gay conversion therapy and legalised the same-sex marriage. Furthermore, gay and lesbian couples may also adopt children.
Malta is also a cosmopolitan and fashionable party location. Paceville's dozens of bars and clubs are working all year long and are always full of happy people from all corners of the world. Michelangelo and AXM are the most famous clubs for gays. The Malta Pride takes place usually in September. In 2017, two and a half thousand marchers danced through Valletta, and don't forget the country has only 400,000 inhabitants.
The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The third islet has less than a dozen residents, but Comino has the Blue Lagoon with its crystal clear waters. Gozo is a sleepy, always beautiful island with some of the Mediterranean's best dive sites. Gozo comes from the Spanish verb "gozar", it means "enjoy". Interestingly, Gozo is the home of the wildest European carnival, in the city of Nadur. The party lasts for at least three days, but the correct expression is bacchanalia. Traditionally, the local Gozitan people use total disguise and have fun freely without recognising each other. The LGBTIQ community is well-presented during the Nadur Carnival because it was the first party in modern South Europe, where cross-dressing was always accepted entirely.
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Living in Malta has an additional benefit, the location is close to Sicily, the plane takes only half an hour, meanwhile the ferry 2 and a half hours to arrive. Catania, Palermo and Taormina are the centres of the gay scene.