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This August, I spent a fantastic fortnight in France. After deciding that Barcelona was too expensive for a 4 night break, I looked into alternative holiday destinations. Thankfully, with the help of a borrowed tent we were able to spend two glorious weeks in France!
Looking for a place to visit (somewhere warm, naturist and not too far from the Port) I delved into my back issues of H&E Magazine, consulted the Bare Beaches handbook and searched online, we chose Euronat.
Despite the longer than expected drive from Calais (with an overnight stop in Tours), Euronat is amazing!
The aforementioned Bare Beaches book describes Euronat as “large and modern, offering camping, caravanning and luxury self-catering chalets. There are shops, restaurants, a big indoor pool and a spa with sea-water treatments, all set in a pine forest. It’s a peaceful place much loved by visitors for it’s friendly atmosphere. A great place to try naked camping.”
Getting to Euronat is quite straight forward. Take the A10 South before heading into Royan. Here get the ferry across the Gironde (30 Euro per car one way) to Soulac-Sur-Mer. In Soulac, take the D101 towards Grayan-et-l’Hopital where you can then follow the signs for Euronat.
Checking-in was a breeze with staff fluent in English. They do ask for a passport photo of each guest at check in so visitors can have their identification card produced. If you forget, they have a passport booth on site. The card’s are used to get access to the indoor swimming pool as well as if you leave the site on bicycles (for your car, you are given a sticker for your windscreen).
Our first impression was how large the site was – it is massive! Following the signs to our pitch, we found where we were to spend the next fortnight. We had booked a pitch with electricity that was surrounded by pine trees, close to the sanitary blocks and waste disposal area. Perfect!
No BBQ’s are allowed on site so fortunately we made full use of our borrowed cooking equipment.
The commercial centre is where the bars, restaurants and shops are located. Here we hired bikes 7 days (highly recommended) for about 30 Euros each. Over the course of the fortnight we ate in 3 different restaurants on site:
* Bar-Restaurant L’Oree Des Pins (standard bar food including tasty pizzas, steaks and Grande Biers!)
* El Nino (spanish style tapas)
* Fish Restaurant (probably the best meal we had during the whole fortnight. A little over-priced but good quality)
We tended to use the on-site deli counter where you could buy cartons of couscous, greek salads, local sausages and good quality Steak Hache – this we took back to the tent and cooked under the stars.
There are 2 or 3 convenience style shops, a newsagents/tobacconist, internet cafe, hairdressers and shops selling beach towels and sarongs. Two shops worth noting though are the Boulangerie and the Cave. Open at 7.00am, the Boulangerie was always busy particularly first thing in the morning as visitors stocked up on baguettes, croissants and delicious patisseries. The Cave, is Euronat’s on site off-license which houses 3 enormous vats of wine where you can pick up a 2 litre bottle of vin for 2 Euros.
A word of warning though – the shops all tend to shut around 1.00pm – 3.00pm so make sure you’re better planned as we were as we got caught out on a couple of occasions!
At night, there was often a live band playing at L’Oree Des Pins or in the main square in a temporary outdoor stage.
Elsewhere on the site there is a Thalassotherapy centre where we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in the spa, sauna and jacuzzi (15 Euros per person for 1/2 a day).
There is also a large indoor pool, tennis courts, mini-golf, sculpture classes, pottery, basketball courts. The list is endless and certainly provides more than enough to keep people entertained!
The jewel in the crown at Euronat is it’s beach. Bare Beaches describes it as a “glorious expanse of golden sand”. The beach is a 10 minute walk from the commercial centre of a 5 minute cycle ride. The beach is divided into 3 sections – North, Middle and South – all have lifeguards on duty but dogs are restricted to north beach.
Due to the favourable weather, the beach was always packed (particularly where the lifeguards and safe swimming zones located), although a short walk allowed everyone their own bit of space.
When the tide is out the shore-line was full of people flying kids, exploring warm pools and playing bat and ball. A word of warning though, the tide does come in very close to the sand dunes so I’d recommend you pitch up close to the back of the beach as you can.
The beach also has unusual concrete blocks that have been graffitied, but actually make a nice addition.
As with this part of the coast the waves can get quite big so it was no surprise that may visitors to the beach were enjoying the waves either body-boarding or taking part in one of the surf schools.
Also, this west-facing beach also allows visitors to witness the most amazing sunsets – we thoroughly recommend taking a patisserie and a bottle of wine down to the beach, sit back and watch one of nature’s wonders.
There is a fairly relaxed approach to nudity – it is only compulsory in the indoor swimming pool and the spa. There are signs at the beach although there was some teenagers and females wearing bikini bottoms. This issue has led to a petition being started by (I assume) regulars of chalet owners at Euronat to campaign to the owners to enforce strict full nudity across the whole site.
I’m not too sure that this is the way forward for Euronat – the place works because it is family friendly, relaxed and people feel comfortable. I think if nudity was made compulsory, many people would be put off, particularly those with teenagers children and partners who do not want to be naked all the time. In evening, 99.9% of visitors are fully clothed (it did get quite chilly at night) and to be honest I think that if you go out for a meal then clothes should be worn in the evening.
Overall, Euronat is a fantastic place to enjoy a naturist holiday. There is a wonderful atmosphere full of people of all ages and walks of life. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
If you have been to Euronat, we’d love to hear your thoughts as well as any views on whether nudity at Euronat should be made compulsory.
Back in July, the weather forecast looked good (and having visited before), we headed across from Manchester to one of the best naturist beaches in the UK. Barebeaches book provides the following info:
“The is Wales’ finest nude beach and one of Britain’s favourites. With an inspiring location in the Snowdonia National Park it attracts naturists from across the country and even visitors oversees. The golden expanse of sand shelves gently into the sea, providing perfect conditions for swimming: water quality is excellent. The extensive dunes behind the shore form part of a national nature reserve. Fine vistas across the bay to the Lleyn Peninsular and glimpses of distant mountain peaks inland”.
Sounds great doesn’t it? It is. Almost.
The beach is located north of Barmouth on the A496 (the coast road). Almost exactly four miles from central Barmouth you’ll come across the village of Tal-y-bont. Drive through Tal-y-bont and over a narrow bridge. Shortly after this bridge you’ll come across a road down to the beach on the left-hand side (signposted ‘Traeth Beach’ and Dyffryn Seaside Estate). Follow this road down to the first car park. Here there is a road to the right signposted Dyffryn Seaside Estate. Drive into the campsite and turn left at the small roundabout. Here we paid £2 to leave the car all day. There is a small shop where you can buy provisions.
To get to the naturist section, take the path at the top of the car park which takes you through a cut in the sand dunes. Once you get to the beach, turn right. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the naturist section and is marked by official notice posts (the large number of naturists will also inform you that you are there!).
Most beach-goers tend to congregate at the start of the naturist section and there was around 100 – 200 in total. We decided to continue walking along the beach were people were more spread out. This year we were more prepared for the wind that blows across this beach so set ourselves up with windbreak and parasol.
The beach is long and wide and when the tide is out you can walk a fair distance out in the shallow water or explore the small ‘heated’ pools along the beach. Here we sat and soaked up the sun whilst watching small hermit crabs in the shallow pools. All in all it is a lovely beach with a pleasant atmosphere – families playing in sea, beach-goers of all ages chatting, and people flying kites.
However, as mentioned in my previous blog there is also an atmosphere of lewd sexual behaviour (particularly with men congregating in the sand dunes). Although the day we were there, the activity actually happened on the beach. Right next to us.
A few hours after we arrived, a middle aged couple arrived and set up to our right – our wind break meant that we could see them until we wandered down to the sea. On coming back from a refreshing dip, I noticed that the man was quite clearly masturbating his partner whilst she say on her back. You would think they would stop having been caught so to speak but instead nonchalantly carried on! What is it with some people?! Can we not go to the beach and enjoy a few hours sunbathing naked without the need to witness this kind of behaviour? No wonder naturists get a bad name (and which led to the closure of Holkham Beach).
If anyone has been to Morfa before we’d love to hear from you! What was your experience?
Some of you may have my post about my first trip to Waterworld back in November 2011, well after missing out for a year (they only take place three times per year), I managed to attend the session on Saturday 9th March. If you missed the first post, click here.
The session is organised by Wirral Naturists and is a fantastic experience for anyone looking to enjoy the spills and thrills of the ‘UK’s No.1 Indoor Tropical Aqua Park’ in the nude!
I attended the session on my own after a friend who was due to attend pulled out at the last minute. This would have been their first public nude experience and after changing their mind throughout the day, decided that it was too much. I thought that this was a real shame as the reason behind it was due to a lack of body confidence. If anything can help with improving your own body confidence, then naturism surely is one of them. Naturism is a great leveller, and although it can be nerve wracking the first time, the joy of being naked, in company, or on your own is a fantastic feeling.
Once parked up, I was greeted at reception by volunteers from Wirral Naturists which is also the location of the licensed bar area (fully naturist). Wirral Naturist Club had organised a tombola, whilst British Naturist Society were selling various books, DVDs and car stickers.
Once inside the pool area, there is a wide choice of facilities available including:
* Children’s Aqua Splash Jungle House
* Wild Water Rapids
* Bubble Pool
* Super Flumes
* Space Bowl
* Aqua Assault Course
* Wave Pool
* Poolside Café
At my previous visit, I estimated that there was around 300 – 400 people in attendance. I think this event there was probably around 200 or so. Again there was a good mix of genders and ages.
Although a fairly confident person, I do struggle with approaching people to talk to so other than a few nods and smiles, I spent the evening on my own. In an attempt to meet people, I thought I’d have a drink at the pool side cafe. However, upon sitting down at a free table and placing down my hot cup of tea, the table came crashing down around me! With an almighty crash, I was surrounded by bits a plastic, the remains of my tea and the focus of a load of bemused/concerned onlookers. To be honest, the table incident actually helped as an icebreaker and I was soon chatting to those on the next table!
The Waterworld sessions are great and I thoroughly recommend them to anyone. If you are interested, click here for the Wirral Naturists website.
FYI – the next one’s in November. Hope to go again, but this time I’ll be more careful where I put down my drink!
The following places are suggested in the Bare Beaches book as the best places to go “if you prefer to strip but your loved ones won’t bare it”. These beaches have been highlighted due to them having a mix of clothed and unclothed bathers.
1. Playa Mitjorn, Formentera
The Bare Beach book describes this beach as “six miles are largely undeveloped sandy bays with rocky areas for snorkelling [that] have tempted many people into their first experience of bare bathing. The beach is big enough for everyone and there are beach bars scattered along much of the length.”
The Nakedplaces.net states that, “stretching about 5 kilometers, Playa Mitjorn is the longest beach of Formentera’s southern coast, and there are pockets of nudist and textile use along its entire length.”
2. La Grand Plage, Ile d’Oleron, France
The Bare Beaches book describes this beach as “a fabulous open white-sand beach with acres of space and a completely relaxed atmosphere – swimsuited and bare bathers enjoy the peaceful setting in harmony.”
Nakedplaces.net describes the beach as “one of three established nude beaches on Ile d’Oleron, this beach at the southwestern corner of the island has a huge zone where nudity is possible”.
3. Playa Cabopino, Calahonda, Costa del Sol, Spain
The Bare Beaches book describes this beach as “a super biscuit-coloured sand beach, backed by extensive dune and pine trees. The shore is clothes-optional for up to 700 metres.”
Nakedplaces.net describes this beach as, “known by the name Artola and Cabopino, the beach east of Marbella is backed by a vast field of sand dunes. Its the most popular nude beach in Málaga and has a notable gay presence.”
4. Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The Bare Beaches book states “the dunes provide a spectacular backdrop to a line of yellow sandy beaches with great views across the bay. Although popular, there is plenty of space for that away-from-it-all feeling. You will find a relaxed mix os swimsuited and bare bathers.”
Nakedplaces.net adds “just south of the town of Corralejo in the far northeast of Fuerteventura, Playa de Corralejo is a Saharan landscape of immense sand dunes. The dunes extend about 8 kilometers. With the exception of the immediate vicinities of the only two beachfront resorts on the beach, nudity can be practiced anywhere, with most nudists congregating a bit south of the two resorts. This is the most popular beach with nudists of the four locations in the north.”
5. Paradise and Super Paradise, Mykonos
Located near Platis Yialos on the south coast of the island, the Bare Beaches book states “these are two of the most famous bare beaches in the Aegean and even the Mediterranean. They traditionally attract a lively cosmopolitan crowd. Perhaps more fairly described as clothing-optional these days, beacuse there’s likely to be a relaxed mix of dressed and undressed visitors. Super Paradise is also very popular with gay holiday makers.”
Nakedplaces.net adds that “several decades ago when Mykonos first began to gain notoriety for bare bathing, Paradise Beach was the straight nude beach and Super Paradise Beach was the gay nude beach, and to a certain extent those reputations remain, even though the demographics started to shift as far back as the 80’s. Paradise Beach evolved into a mostly textile party beach. Nudity never vanished altogether, but nudists have long been a rather small minority. Super Paradise has likewise changed, and while one end of the beach is still mostly gay, other segments of the beach are attended by straight nudists and textiles. Elia Beach, the most distant of the five beaches, did not gain prominence until the 90’s, when nudists began to seek a less crowded alternative to Paradise and Super Paradise, but as more and more tourists have continued to flock to Mykonos, Elia did not remain a quiet alternative for long. At one end of Elia, nudists and textiles mingle among the thatched beach umbrellas, and there is also a tiny, separate micro-cove just around the bend that is more or less an all-gay nudist haunt.”
The fantastic Cap n Barefoot adds that “Mykonos was once a nudists’ paradise. It is now chancy to say the least. It’s a lively island, well known for many years as a meeting place for the gay community. The inflow of more and more textiles means that if naturism is your priority it is hard to recommend Mykonos these days, particularly in high season”
If any of you have been to one of these beaches please get in tough and let us know what you think. If any of you have stayed in any nudist friendly properties that are close to these beaches we would particularly love to hear from you!
Gone are the days when you had to trek for half a day to find a secret bare beach. The fantastic Bare Beaches book provides 5 beaches where you won’t sweat getting to:
La Grande Cote, near Royan, France
The Bare Beaches book describes the beach as an “attractive sandy beach popular with families because it is more sheltered and has easy access. Acres of fine light golden sand slope gently into the sea, making it good for skinny dipping in calm weather. The is a sandwich bar serving refreshments on this official bare beach.”
The Nakedplaces.net website refers to the beach as “easily accessible and popular beach [that] draws a mix of nudists and textiles. Although quite spacious, it is more densely populated than nearby Plage de la Côte Sauvage and requires less effort to reach.”
Playa los Tusales, Costa Blanca, Spain
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Haulover Beach, Florida, USA
The Bare Beaches book describes the beach as “situated in the south of the ‘sunshine state’, this officially bare sandy beach set in the regional park has a huge following of regular visitors from across the globe. The bare area is more than 800 yards long and has it’s own lifeguard lookout posts. Refreshments are on sale, sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire. Toilets are located directly behind the beach. The cosmopolitan crowd here often hold impromptu barbecues and at weekends there’s a particularly lively atmosphere.”
Vera Playa, Costa de Almeria
The Bare Beaches states that “this is Spain’s capital of nudism. A long wide beach with a big choice of naturist accommodation nest to it. Great for au natural sunning, walking and skinny dipping.”
The Nakedplaces website states that the formal name of the beach at Vera Playa is Playa del Playazo.
The Bare Beaches book states that “this beach could not be easier to find. Bare bathing is popular and commonplace immediately to the east of Sougia town. The water is excellent for swimming and snorkelling, with safe natural rock pools for children. The beach is small pebbles, fine enough to make it comfortable for sunbathing. There is a happy mix of dress and undress on the beach, although the nude bathers often comfortably outnumber the clothed ones. Further east beyond a rock, is a more secluded area with springs and caves to explore.”
Do you know of any other nude beaches that are easy to get to? If so, we would love to hear from you!
If any of you have been to these beaches of have stayed in any nudist friendly properties that are close to these please let us know. I definitely fancy a trip to Sougia this year!