Lonely Planet Writer

France welcomes naturists by designating part of a public park in Paris for their use

It probably won’t be to everyone’s taste, but a public park in Paris has just opened an area for naturists. The site is located in the Bois de Vincennes, east of the French capital. It’s part of a temporary experiment that will run until 15 October.

The Bois de Vincennes park in Paris has opened an area for nudists. Image: YouraPechkin

According to deputy mayor Penelope Komites, the new move is part of the city’s “open-minded vision for the use of Parisian public spaces.” It follows on from proposals unveiled by three Green councillors last year in relation to the possibility of the French capital opening a designated nudist spot in the city. Government officials will undoubtedly be keen to see the reaction to the initiative now that it’s here, as there were some objections when it was previously mooted.

The Bois de Vincennes park in Paris has opened an area for nudists. Image: Epicurean

France is currently one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for nudists, with two million naturists visiting its “free beaches” each year. Paris has a swimming pool in the 12th arrondissement that allows nudity three nights per week, but naturist groups in the city have been renting out spaces for functions and have complained about overcrowding at events. Naturally, they are delighted with the latest announcement. “It’s a true joy, it’s one more freedom for naturists,” Julien Claude-Penegry of the Paris Naturists Association told AFP news agency.

The Bois de Vincennes park in Paris has opened an area for nudists. Image: Piotr Marcinski / Eyeem

The zone for naturists will be open between 8am and 7.30pm in the Bois de Vincennes near the park’s bird reserve until 15 October. A charter of “good behaviour” for the space will be displayed, and officials say that exhibitionism and voyeurism will not be tolerated.