Naturist camping is enjoyed by thousands of campers around the world each year. The freedom of naturist holidays is a very relaxing experience if you're up to it. And before you make one of those faces, just truly think about it, because...
Naked is comfortable. Naked is natural. Naked is healthy. Naked is relax. Naked is sensual. Naked is family. It's only the dumb society rules, that have placed a negative label on nudity. In fact, they've placed a negative label on anything that is only natural to a human being. Who makes the rules anyway?
Once you're able to process this in your subconscious mind, you'll understand that naturist camping is simply an extension of the purest lifestyle that can exist.
Obviously, you can enjoy naturist camping only when the weather is warm enough to walk around naked. For Croatia and the majority of the Mediterranean part of the world the season would be anything between late May and the all the way to the last days of September. But it really depends on the weather conditions for each particular season.
With the naturist tradition dating back to the first years of the 20th century and the first country in Europe to start with the concept of commercial naturist resorts and camping sites in the 1960's, Croatia is perhaps the leading country in the world in terms of naturist facilities.
The coast line of Istria and Dalmatia offer more then 20 official resorts with a wide range of facilities concentrated on a rather small piece of land: beaches, camping sites with mobile homes, bungalows, apartments and hotels. Some camping sites have a separate section for naturist others are entirely clothes free and a few are simply a mix of both. The oldest naturist resort in Croatia is Koversada which in 2001 celebrated its 40th anniversary.
France is another country with an excellent network of naturist camping facilities. France4Naturisme and Natustar are two organizations that offer a variety of resorts either on the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast and a few of them close to the rivers and mountains. Most of these resorts also offer a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding and during the peak summer season period, a choice of various arts and crafts classes, such as pottery, sculpture, drawing and so on. A great way to discover hidden talents inside yourself!
There are many other camping spots of various sizes throughout France and other European countries. While the most visited ones are surely on the Mediterranean coast, you might find a calmer and more relaxing atmosphere somewhere where you least expected on your way.
Our best wild camping times are always in Greece. With the large variety of remote beaches, you can almost always get a spot for yourself and loose your clothes
One of the best experiences was on a long beach in southern Crete. There were a few couples in vintage camper vans and also a couple in a tent that was pitched almost at the sea. We all spent quite a few days there and the only occupation we had was that we had enough food, wine and water. Yes, exactly in this order.
But always remember to respect other people around. Many are not that comfortable with nudity so if you come there last and everybody is dressed in those plastic bathing suits, well, try not to arouse them. It's always better to find like minded people or an empty spot all for yourself.
Remember that naturism is a way of life in harmony with the natural environment expressed through social nudity, with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and the environment. Naturism means accepting the natural way of life and its environment. But always respect others if they can't handle it for the moment.