France has a
reputation for many of the world’s finest naturist beaches and nudist resorts where
you can eat, drink, shop and generally enjoy your holiday free of clothes – there's even a naturist restaurant in Paris. Of
course, the location and resort you choose will make the biggest difference to
your holiday, which is why it’s good to consider all the options available
prior to booking in order to make the right decision. The following naturist beaches in France provide you with excellent choices.
Naturism in France is on the
increase, especially among younger people; for a growing number, naturism
reflects freedom – the choice of whether to wear clothes. People are seeing a
new side of France; everyone knows about the wine, the gastronomy, the winter
skiing, the city breaks, but this is a bit more unusual.
NATURIST BEACHES ALONG THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST
Without doubt the
most popular naturist resorts in all of France, Cap d’Agde is just to the south
of Montpellier, a whole resort dedicated to nudists where you can do literally
anything without your clothes. And we mean anything too, from shopping to
partying – anything goes!
Ile du Levant
Head past Marseille to
the region of Ile du Levant, a throwback to a simpler era of nudist beaches. It’s
a superb little island, much quieter and more reserved than most other resorts.
And what’s more, they have a rule – it’s all or nothing.
Tahiti Plage is a widely
renowned naturist beach in the gorgeously glamorous surroundings of St Tropez.
Brigitte Bardot is unsurprisingly credited with making this place a household
name, and could be blamed for making it one of the busiest nudist beaches in
Leucate Plage is
perhaps the best location of all to head for nudist family fun, with its kilometre
of golden sands and calm seas. This is much more of a heaven for all things
tranquil and relaxing, far from the party atmospheres of some of the other
naturist beaches across the French Med. What’s more, Leucate Plage stands out as
a supremely popular spot for first timers going all-natural for the first time!
Les Grottes Plage
about Les Grottes Plage is how much of the island is actually closed by the
military, but the stretch of beach that’s open to nudists is one of a kind. Not
only does it present some of the most amazing nude snorkeling opportunities in
France, but it’s also one of the few beaches where nudity is mandatory. If your
clothes don’t go, you do!
ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST
Here’s where nudism
in France really kicked off, in the 50s, and little has changed. This is seen
globally as the birthplace of nudism and the resort is packed with chalets,
bungalows, shops, bars and so on – all of which are 100% nudist friendly.
Fancy something a
bit bigger? Well, head over to Euronat and you’ll be greeted with a 100-mile
stretch of coastline which is in many respects just one gigantic naturist beach.
And despite its size, it’s also one of the cleanest, friendliest and generally
most appealing on the whole of France’s Atlantic Coast. A great place to head
with the whole family for a camping trip.
Vieux St Giron
As for Vieux St.
Giron, this is pretty much as good as it gets for nudists who also like to try
their hand at surfing. Admittedly the waters can be on the choppy side and the
currents tend to be strong, so caution is needed when swimming, especially
where children are involved. However, if surfing is your thing and you’ve
always wondered what it would be like with no clothes on, here’s your chance to
go find out!
THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND
Tops On or Off.
Generally speaking, going topless on any beach in France is seen as more than
acceptable, though there are exceptions so be sure to check locally if in doubt.
of underwear, there’s no law that says you can or cannot go fully nude on
French beaches, but it is of course considered acceptable on some and not on
There are some
things you just should not be doing on any nudist beach, which include staring,
taking photographs or making fun of others.
sure to check the rules as to whether clothing is accepted, mandatory or banned
as there are different rules for each beach. Some you must go nude, some you
must not go nude; with some it’s your decision.
There are plenty of
nude beaches in France that allow and encourage naked walking on nearby trails.
But, you need to check where the boundaries of the resort lie in order to avoid
giving passers-by a shock.
forget that the fewer items of clothing you wear; the more chance you have of sunburn.
And as sunburn is way more painful on some parts of the body than others, be
sure to add a liberal dose of cream or oil, and keep topping up.
swimming trunks are fine when heading into the sea and some actually salute the
use of such garments for helping to keep the water clean. So if you feel the
need, don’t be afraid to don a Speedo.
not to take children is a sticky subject, though there are no rules about their
being allowed on the beach, or the ages they should or shouldn’t be…it’s all up
to their parents or guardians.
Last but not least,
be sure to take sufficient clothing or blankets to cover yourself up when the
sun is at its strongest. Going nude often means falling for the trap of taking
little to nothing to cover up with at all, which can of course be a painful