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Nakation – France (August 2013)

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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The beach also has unusual concrete blocks that have been graffitied, but actually make a nice addition.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Nakation News – Mix and Match

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!