Naturist Beaches and Resorts in France
"One of the best areas for naturism is the Languedoc coast of
France. Resorts like Cap d'Agde and Aphrodite string the coast like
pearls. And there's many back to nature camp sites inbetween."
"The Isle du Levante was where the French movement "naturisme" took
hold in the 1930's. This was not naturism as we know it today, but
rather a celebration of Nature, and involved camping without electricity
and girls dancing in flowing robes, artists and Isadora Duncan types,
all eventually daring to sunbathe wearing only "Le minimum"
- which they are still inclined to wear today.
away, on the coast near St. Tropez, are the beaches of Tahiti and Pampelonne where Brigitte Bardot made toplessness fashionable. Many of us now would
be disappointed by the rather jaded and affected brand of naturism practiced
here and might well prefer to travel further west, to the Camargue, where
there is so much space under the sky you feel like a mere speck in creation's
pattern as you run, lie or swim on a white sandy beach that could be 22
kilometers long. But you are on the edge of Provence, where you can drink
chilled Rosé at lunchtime and pastis in the evening.
the best areas for naturism is the coast between the Carmargue and the
Spanish Border - Languedoc-Roussillon. Incredible efforts have been made
to keep the sea clean, to build proper accommodation, to keep prices reasonable
and to cater for everyone including naturists. The resorts of Cap d'Agde and Aphrodite string the coast like pearls with many smaller ones between.
This area of France, the old Septimania of 1500 years ago was fought for
by the French God Kings, descended, so legend has it, from the descendants
of Jesus himself, has a unique geography and climate.
is like a saucer cut in half, with a wide circle of mountains along the
rim and wide, flat, sandy beaches along the cut edge. It collects sun
like a giant solar heating dish, making the weather as warm as southern
Spain. It grows vines and olives abundantly, and crickets chirp in the
cypress trees like creatures sent mad by the heat."
Susan Mayfield, Author of Guide to France
you cannot no further than two miles along the French Mediterranean coast
without seeing nudists! If the weather is warm, just try the beaches between
resort beaches, and you're bound to find naturism. Or ask in the local
tourist office fo "La Plage Naturiste"
west to east on the Michelin map, try the beaches to the east of the following
villages: Torreilles Plage, Leucate Plage, Port La Nouvelle; Gruissan
Plage (to the west only), St Pierre sur Mer; Marseillan Plage; Port Camargue
(by the lighthouse); Stes Maries de la Mer; Cap Croisette; Heyeres-Plage;
Ile de Levant (by ferry from le Lavendou, St Aygulf; and Plage de Tahiti,
near St Tropez
not take advantage of two amusing and informative books by Susan
- "Breakout! How to live the Naturist Life abroad!" €12.50 euros(£11 approx) and her "Guide
to France" - with complete listing of naturist resorts in France, as well
as anecdotes about living and travelling in France €15 euros
To order both or either book use the order form
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