Over the past few years, many people have asked me various questions on visiting Cap d’Agde in the South of France. Having visited it recently I agreed to write a quick post providing some insight into this famous naturist holiday village. My aim is not to confuse the details with my own opinion on the place, but try to provide as much factual details as I can and have witnessed. You (the reader) may wish to express your views and you are welcome to do so but please try to keep your enthusiasm or disgust/disagreements at the civil level so that this post doesn’t turn into a virtual riot!
I shall focus on the following;
- Cost of visiting Cap d’Agde.
- Naturist Facilities/location.
- Is it a naturist site or too sex orientated?
- Would I go again?
Same as most other holiday resorts, the cost obviously depends on what you want to do and whether you can afford it and happy to pay will obviously depend on your disposable income. What is obvious in Cap d’Agde is that, it is NOT a place for natural naturists who believe that it doesn’t cost anything to go naked, after all, you don’t have to pay anyone to take your clothes off at the beach or in your back garden so why pay anything to anyone just so that you can enjoy the natural beautiful beach, the clear Mediterranean waters and good company? The problem is that even the most natural places need looking after and there is a lot of looking after to do where you have 1000s of people enjoying themselves each summer, it is surprising how ‘dirty’ some naked people are!!
The point is that as well as travel costs you also have to pay to use the beach. In addition you need to pay for accommodation and food, both of these things can set you back a considerable amount.
You can reduce costs by;
- Selecting lower grade accommodation in the Village
- Sleep outside the Village and just get a day pass for the duration, you will need a car.
- Buy from shops rather than eat in the restaurants all the time.
- Make friends with some wealthy Germans who offer to feed you! J
If you wish to go there, the quickest way if obviously to fly, Montpellier is the nearest airport. Flights are not cheap unless you want to travel off season and willing to book months in advance. You could go by train or car. Most English people will chose to go there as part of package holidays and if you search on the Internet, you will find a couple of companies providing that service. I can’t comment on value for money as I’ve never used them. The most economical way to travel is obviously as a group in a mini van or coach. However it is quite likely that you will fall out with your friends long before you’ve completed the 700 miles journey!
We’ve always gone as a family in a car, not only because it’s cheaper but also because it’s flexible, you can change your plans as you go along.
Cap d’Agde has just about every facility that any Naturist might want whilst on holidays. It is a self-contained village and there is not really any need to leave it, unless you want to explore the town, which is worth exploring.
You can shop in the nude, eat in the nude (not all restaurant allow this at night), dance in the nude and sleep in the nude, so what more could you ask for?
If you have a Boat, you can sail there, the marina is quite large and some very expensive looking boats/Yachts can be seen moored there.
There is almost every kind of shop there, including bank/cash machines, hairdressers and CLOTHING, well lots of clothing shops (weirdly enough). Most of the clothing shops are ‘sexy’ attire, if you’re into that sort of thing then you stand a good chance of being ripped off! The prices for anything are probably 10 times more expensive than what you can get on the internet and probably twice as expensive than what you may need to pay in Cap d’Agde town, however the choice may be limited. I’d suggest keeping your money in the wallet and don’t let the excitement of wearing open crouch fishnet stockings get the best of you… here I’m talking to the men of course!!
The location is very well suited for a naturist resort, the beach ends at the resort so no clothed ‘walkers’ come by. You’re expected to be fully nude on the beach, but some people do wear bottoms at time, this is overlooked and no one bothers you.
Being on the South coast of France, the weather is normally very good during the high season, but can be disappointing coming to the end of August/beginning of September.
The town of Cap d’Agde is worth visiting, the shops are fabulous and the restaurants at the quayside are good value for money (cheaper than the Naturist Village) and the food is good all around. Whether you’re hardened Naturist or not or whether you’ve go there just for naturism, It is definitely worth going to visit the quayside for dinner in the evening, you will have to dress but you can wear a little as you like without making yourself a spectacle for other visitors.
Naturists Site or Sex Haven
I have heard far too much about sex at Cap d’Agde, this is more apparent at night than day time. Of course there is sex, as it is everywhere and yes sex is associated with nudity by most people, but the fact is that same as at any other place, you DO NOT have to experience it or see it if you don’t wish to.
The largest part of the beach is used by families and others visiting the resort, most families tend to use the right hand side (as you look out to the sea). This is where most of the facilities, restaurants are. If you walk along the beach to the left you will walk into ‘couples’ beach, this is where most people are couples (funny enough) and some tend to do naught things but not so much in middle of the day. This is against the law and over the years there have been various measures taken by the local authorities to put a stop to this kind of activities. In my experience, I have not seen any serious act of sex but I’m told it does happen from time to time and more so later on in the day. The view I have is that I have a choice not to use that part of the beach and I practice that choice it is not something that I agree with this kind of open sexual activity degrades the pure and simple vision of naturist life. I have walked on the beach front from end to end many times and no one has ever said or done anything to give me any cause for concern.
At night there are 2 main areas where you can go out to eat and drink. One of these areas is quite normal (Heliopolis) and the other (Port Nature area) is somewhat ‘Sexual & Adventurous’ and departs from the naturist way of life.
Most of the clubs (if not all) have a sex related atmosphere and cater for people who want to go out and have fun in whatever way they like. There is not much that doesn’t go on at these places. My view is that when visiting Cap d’Agde, don’t expect a British Naturism type ‘disco’, people come here from all over the world and they want to do crazy things, so if that is not your cup of tea, don’t pay the high prices to go into these clubs. Or in my case, I do whatever that suits me, just because I go into any club, it doesn’t mean I have to be part of any sex activity. No one is going to abuse or rape you there, if you are approached by anyone, you can just turn down any offer they make, but a word of warning.. you do have to be strong minded and know what is right and wrong for you and you are strong enough to say NO.
There are other areas/hotels that cater for couples only and have very active sexual environment, this is where the swingers and the likes go. These are normally behind their own fence and you don’t have to be involved with them.
My experience has been that I can walk totally in the nude as if I have just come off the beach through the most crowded place and people dressed up in ‘sexy’ way and no one bothers me.
Even if you’re dressed ‘sexy’ for the evening, no one bothers you, unless I suspect there is some common understanding that you want to be bothered.
Most of you know my views.. why go to a Naturist place and dress up whilst we try to live a natural clothes free life all other times. So during my last visit to Cap d’Agde, I dressed ‘normal’ one night and ate in the most expensive restaurant (Les Jardin ) and had a horrid meal that I didn’t eat .
The next day we dinned nude in a normal restaurant and had lovely time, rest of the time we ate in town.
My personal view on sex/naturism is that they do not go together just because you enjoy being nude doesn’t mean you want sex wherever you happen to be nude or that you want sex with others because they happen to be nude. Another way to look at this is that yes there are some naturists who like sex in the open and may also be swingers but at the same time there are also doctors, athletes, priests, teachers and shop keepers some of whom will also be in favour of sex in the open and some may also be swingers but we don’t talk about them in relation to their sexual behaviour and profession. We don’t say that all teachers are perverts even though some are. So.. I would advise you to consider the naturists in the same way.. yes some may like sex in the open and swinging but NOT ALL.
The strangest experience of my visit was that In Cap d’Agde, we were refused service in ‘Hot & Spicy’ restaurant as they don’t serve nudes! We obviously didn’t eat there and would recommend that you don’t either, whether you wish to dine in the nude or not. It annoys me that a restaurant in one of the most famous naturist places can have this house rule.
Would I Go Again.
The short answer is Yes but I would leave a gap of few years in between. It can get little boring visiting the same place too often and also there are so many other places in the world to enjoy.
I really do not have any problems with whatever people get up to as there are plenty of ‘normal’ naturists and families to keep you company. When visiting Cap d’Agde, you can be whatever you want to be and enjoy whatever tickles your fancy, you don’t have to get involved in anything that doesn’t suit you.
In my view, the freedom to be clothed or naked, day and night anywhere and everywhere is true freedom and should be experienced by all, at least once in a lifetime and Cap d’Agde is one place I know that facilitates this, so would I definitely recommend a visit and I would recommend that you focus on what makes you happy and ignore whatever else goes on around you.