Top 5 nudist beach destinations in France

Fancy a holiday in harmony with nature, by the water, in complete freedom? From the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean, on the Channel coast and inland, France offers a huge number of beaches and lakes designed for naturists. Some beaches are close to naturist centres offering a wide range of services.

The naturist village of Cap d'Agde in Hérault

Cap d'Agde has been home to a renowned naturist village for almost 60 years. Covering an area of 70 hectares, the village has a wide range of facilities to provide a tailor-made holiday for every guest.

Leisure activities include :

  • 2 km of fine sandy beach (including equipped beaches)
  • 1 marina
  • 1 harbour master's office
    And on the infrastructure side :
  • Restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlours
  • Shopping centres, boutiques, various services

The surrounding area is full of places of interest: the historic towns of Agde and Pézenas, museums, craft workshops and antique shops. You can also explore the pretty fishing villages (Grau d'Agde and La Tamarissière) at the mouth of the Hérault river.

Nature lovers can explore the volcanic cliffs and Mont Saint-Loup, the Bagnas nature reserve, the Canal du Midi and the Languedoc vineyards. The garrigue and the Camargue are also not far away either!
The naturist village of Cap d'Agde (External link)

Domaine de la Sablière in the Gard department

Domaine de la Sablière is a 62-hectare nature park in Barjac, on the border between the Gard and Ardèche departments. It boasts a superb location overlooking the Cèze gorges. The campsite offers a wide range of accommodation and services, as well as numerous leisure facilities (swimming pools, mini-golf, tennis, fitness centre, sauna) and entertainment to suit all tastes.

Nearby, there is no shortage of cultural and natural attractions:

-Famous caves: Grottes de la Cocalière and Grottes de la Salamandre
- Exceptional bridges: Pont du Gard, Pont d'Arc, Pont d'Avignon
- Museums
- Towns: Uzès, Avignon, Nîmes
- Cévennes park
- Waterways

Activities: visits, hiking, canoeing, horse riding, miniature trains...
Le domaine de la Sablière (External link)

The beach of Lourtuais in the Côtes d'Armor

Located in the heart of the Cap d'Erquy nature reserve, the beach of Lourtuais is one of the few beaches in Brittany where naturists can practise their sport. A beach of fine, slightly pink sand, accessible by a small footpath, it forms a large bay. Only the left-hand side of the beach is naturist, but at low tide it is a large area.

Near this magnificent beach you can enjoy:

  • Beautiful walks, especially towards the cliffs of Cap d'Erquy.
  • rock climbing (Lac Bleus and Fosse Eyrand)
  • Sea excursions and water sports (diving school, kite surfing, flyboarding, hoverboarding, sailing, etc.)
  • Cultural visits (Château de Bienassis, Saint-Brieuc 35 km away, Saint-Malo 45 km away).
    The Lourtuais beach (External link)

La plage des grottes on Île du Levant in Var

Plage des grottes on Ile du Levant is part of the naturist area of Héliopolis (Cité du Soleil), a fraction of the town of Hyères. It boasts an exceptional natural heritage, thanks in particular to its unspoilt coastline and the nature reserve known as the "Domaine des Arbousiers".

The Domaine d'Héliopolis is a vast area of bays, a headland, a cape and a harbour. Here you can enjoy a lifestyle in harmony with nature, without the use of motorised vehicles or street lighting. However, all necessary services are available, as well as a wide range of accommodation and restaurants.

Nearby attractions include

  • Breathtaking views of the island of Port-Cros
  • The city of Hyères
  • The island of Porquerolles
  • The Giens peninsula (canoeing, sailing, diving, kite surfing, parasailing, etc.)
  • The Pesquiers lake
  • hiking
  • The vineyards of the Var
  • Toulon
  • The garden of Rayol Canadel
    La plage des grottes sur l'île du Levant (External link)

La plage des saumonards on the Ile d'Oléron in Charente-Maritime

Situated on the edge of the Saumonards forest, the beach of the same name offers a unique view of Fort Boyard and the Ile d'Aix. Isolated and accessible only on foot or by bicycle along forest paths, part of the northern part of the beach is dedicated to naturism.

It is also known for its wild character, fine sand and clear waters.

There is no shortage of distractions on the island of Oléron. Many people get around by bike, thanks to the development of numerous cycle paths. You can enjoy nature (salt marshes), markets, water sports and bridges of cultural interest (Chassiron lighthouse, Vauban's fort at Château d'Oléron, artists' and designers' cottages, etc.). And not far away, you can take a trip to the mainland and visit the zoo at La Palmyre, Rochefort, Fouras, Saintes or La Rochelle.
La plage des saumonards on the Ile d'Oléron (External link)

Recommendations and advice
Do you love nature and want to enjoy its benefits as soon as possible? To protect it, there's nothing like reducing your carbon footprint. All it takes is a few simple gestures: use trains, public transport and soft mobility solutions to reach your destination and get around once you've arrived. Additional options: enjoy local, seasonal produce and take part in activities that are in harmony with nature. All in all, an excellent nature holiday!

Find out more

  • Visit the website naturisteparnature.fr (in french) (External link) and easily find the naturist beaches and centres for your holidays.
  • The "Naturiste par Nature" mobile application provides all the practical information you need for a successful naturist holiday, with family, friends, alone or as a couple (available on the App Store and Google Play).