Lonely Planet Writer

No nudes on Cadiz beaches... but it's ok to bare outside city limits

A group of nudists has lost its long seven-year legal battle to use one of Spain’s most popular holiday beaches.

A popular beach in Cadiz which nudists won't be allowed use following a decision by the Supreme Court in Spain
A popular beach in Cadiz which nudists won’t be allowed to use following a decision by the Supreme Court in Spain Image by SubtlePanda / CC BY 2.0

The Spanish Federation of Naturism had appealed to the Supreme Court against legislation by local government forbidding them from using beaches in Cadiz.

DFK nudist members in decline. Image by iludium36 / CC BY 2.0
Nudists had argued that  nudism was a fundamental right to freedom of ideology as defended by the Spanish Constitution. Image by iludium36 / CC BY 2.0 Image by iludium36 / CC BY 2.0

The federation claimed in its submission that nudism was a fundamental right to freedom of ideology as defended by the constitution in Spain.

According to the Evening Standard, they argued that the council was rolling back “social progress” in the country by fining nude bathers up to €750.

However, the Supreme Court rejected their appeal.

In its ruling, it said the Cadiz authorities had the power to “manage properly the use of its services.” This included equipment, infrastructure, facilities and public spaces, it said.

The nudists hadn’t made a sufficiently convincing case that it was an accepted practice from the majority of people on beaches, the court added.

It’s ruling will apply to the city beaches. However nudists are allowed to use a beach outside of Cadiz boundaries.