If you like the feeling of surf and the sun on your naked skin, visit the resorts and beaches along the French Atlantic coast. The naturist resorts where you go totally nude start near the mouth of the Gironde river, go past the Bay d’Arcachon, then down towards Biarritz.
All the nudest resorts here are very well organized and are designed to make you feel comfortable. The staff speaks a variety of languages.
There are good restroom and washing facilities right off the beach, plus kid’s clubs, organized sports, entertainment, restaurants, and bars.
When it comes to the beach, you may feel a bit self-conscious when you first strip down, but don't worry. Everybody here goes naked—the stretch of beach along this coastline is virtually one long nudist beach. Every size and shape of body is here. So give it a try; you'll be amazed how free you feel lying nude in the sun and getting a tan without any of those bikini lines.
Nudist Resorts on the French Atlantic Coast
Learn about some of the most popular nudist resorts in the region.
- CHM Montalivet
46, avenue de l'Europe Vendays Montalivet
Tel.: 00 33(0)5 56 73 73 73
CHM-Montalivet (CHM stands for Centre Hélio-Marin) was the world's first naturist holiday resort. It opened in 1950 and was the place where the International Naturist Federation (FNI/INF) was founded.
It’s a beautiful site, located in the Gironde on the Atlantic Ocean, with more than a mile of naturist beach on offer. Laid-out like a village, the resort offers 573 camping spaces (for tents, cars, and caravans) in well-shaded spots under the trees, a swimming pool, sauna, sports fields, and a shop. There's also free WiFi. And this being France, the dining opportunities are pretty good, with everything from pizzerias and snack bars to a tapas spot and a gastronomic restaurant set beside the dunes. It’s a very family-orientated place with many guests returning year after year.
Lieu Dit Depee
Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 56 09 33 33
You’ll find the Euronat naturist resort on the Atlantic coast located between the Gironde estuary and the Bay d’Arcachon. Set slightly inland in an area of pine forest, there is direct access to the wonderful seaside beaches.
Like Montalivet, it’s beautifully laid out with large pitches for tents or caravans. There’s are a staggeringly large number of shops and restaurants—28 to be exact—so you don’t need to leave the area at all. There's also a naturist thalassotherapy center, officially approved by the Federation Mer et Sante (Sea and Health Federation).
- La Jenny
Route de la Jenny
Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 56 26 56 90
La Jenny at Le Porge is just a little farther south, just above the Bassin d’Arcachon and almost directly west of Bordeaux.
Laid out over 741 acres of pine forest, there's plenty of space between the wooden chalets on offer. The accommodations range from the intimate one-bedroom apartment (a perfect place for a romantic holiday for a couple) to family-sized units, and each has a kitchen with a refrigerator and two hot plates, plus a bathroom. Some have terraces, complete with tables and chairs.
You can play a round of naturist golf, swim in a large heated pool, or join in the various clubs and sports and activities for children and teenagers. Then there are activities for grown-ups like yoga, massages, and facials.
5006 rte de Pichelèbe
Vieille Saint Girons
Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 58 49 11 11
Go even farther south and you reach Arnaoutchot. It's set on 111 acres of pine forest around the resort village, with a traditional restaurant overlooking the swimming pool, a seafood restaurant, a pizzeria, a grocery, playgrounds, and sports areas. Smaller than the other Atlantic nudist resorts, it’s still a pretty busy place with lots of activities and a good party atmosphere.
You can try your hand at watercolors—naked of course—enjoy the waterpark, or learn surfboarding at the beachside school.