France is filled with places where it is appropriate, even borderline compulsory, to get naked or go topless. One of the most indulgent pleasures in France is nudism. Find out what you need to know before you expose it all in this bare-skin-friendly country.
Time Required: All the time you desire!
- Determine whether you want to get naked or just go topless. While France is very casual about dress, there are many spots where it is acceptible to go topless, but you would be an oddity if you also dropped your bikini bottoms. Also, going topless can be a way for nudism rookies to dabble in the concept.
- Decide on your destination. If you just plan to go topless, any Riviera beach should do just fine. For a beginner, I recommend spots like Nice and Cannes, where many people do keep their tops on. That way, if you chicken out, you won't stand out. (Besides, those are two great destinations of their own rights).
- If you want to go completely nude, the end-all, be-all destination in the world is Cap d'Agde on the Mediterranean and in the Languedoc region, also called "Naked City." You can also find other nudist destinations throughout France with my Nudism & Naturism In France resources. See links at the bottom of the page under "Related Resources" for more information.
- In many spots, it is perfectly normal to also go around dressed. If that is the case, settle in while still dressed until you feel a little more comfortable. Once you are ready to undress, do it with as little commotion as possible. It is not likely to be as big an event for everyone else as it is for you.
- Behave! Don't gawk, finger-point, giggle, take picures or otherwise succomb to the urge to behave like a 12-year-old boy. It can be tempting, since many peope are not used to being surrounded by so much flesh. The best way to blend and be accepted is to just act natural, so to speak.
- If possible, contact the resort or do your own research about the destination before you go so you know exactly what is acceptible and what is not. Different places have different expectations, and what is the norm in one could be offensive in another.
- Be sure you use plenty of sun-screen. Don't forget that some areas of your body may have never been exposed to sunlight like this.
- Join an international nudist association. Not only will you get helpful information, but many French resorts and campgrounds offer discounts to members.
What You Need
- Your birthday suit!
- Travel guide books
- Brochures on destinations