Lonely Planet Writer

Naked ambition: could Paris be getting a designated nudist zone?

Proposals to be unveiled by three Green councillors in Paris  on Monday will bring up the possibility of the French capital opening a designated nudist spot in the city.

Is Pris about to get a dedicated nudist zone?
Is Paris about to get a dedicated nudist zone? Image by ©S.Borisov/Shutterstock

France is currently one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for nudists with some two million naturists visiting its “free beaches” each year. However, aside from a swimming pool in the 12th arrondissement which allows nudity three nights a week, Paris has nowhere for nudists to hang out.

Although the proposal doesn’t currently have a specific location in mind, the mayor’s office is still keen to back the idea. Speaking about the plans, Paris’ Deputy Mayor, Bruno Julliard, said: “We need to find the right place and we don’t want to upset anyone or ruffle feathers.”

Bois de Vincennes, Paris.
Bois de Vincennes, Paris. Image by Shutterstock

Nudist groups are already suggesting that Lac Daumesnil to the east of the city could be used as the government is keen to make the Bois de Vincennes lake a public swimming area by 2019.

Nudist groups in the city, who have been renting out spaces such as restaurants, spas and bowling alleys for upcoming gatherings, have been complaining about overcrowding at events. Paris is also expected to welcome Bunyadi, a naked pop-up restaurant, soon following its successful trial in London.

However, it’s not all been good news for naturism in France this year. A fight broke out  at La Teste-de-Buch in Arcachon after a group of teenagers ignored nudist beach etiquette and remained clothed on the sand. Police were called to break up the brawl.