Libertines and naturists alike abound in Cap d'Agde, the legendary nudist resort town in Southern France that attracts 300,000 visitors each summer.
This 192-page book (with 16 pages of color photos) tells you why--and how to make the most of holiday to this famous "naked city."
Cap d'Agde offers more than a gorgeous wide stretch of nudist beach with some tacky gift shops and overpriced seafood restaurants. It's a full-fledged town with its own vibe and rhythm.
Cap d'Agde can be laid back and sensual, exciting and erotic, busy and overbearing, and earthy and rude--but never quite normal and normally quite surreal.
When you see 100 people huddled in a circle on a certain stretch of beach in the Cap, don't automatically assume that they are waiting to buy ice creams. And, yes, you were the only person wearing clothes in the queue at the post office the other day.
Cap d'Agde helps you make the transition from the humdrum to the slightly fantastic.
This book gives you all the info you need to book and enjoy a trip to Cap d'Agde--with tips and tales of what really goes on, such as how the libertines, naturists, and gays each find their unique pleasures. It also evaluates the clubs, bars, saunas, restaurants, and accommodations.
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Ross Velton has authored or co-authored five other travel books and written articles for newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from the sex clubs of Paris to soccer in Albania.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Chapter 1: Cap d'Agde in Context
The prospect of taking your holiday in a resort the size of a small town, where people go about their daily tasks in the nude, take their children to the beach in the afternoon, partake of a pastis and a convivial game of pétanque in the early evening, and have group sex in the clubs at night is bound to raise questions--not to mention eyebrows.
What kind of place is this? An oversized Club Med? A summer camp for seniors reliving misspent youths--and youths misspending young adulthoods? The largest den of iniquity yet known to man?
The answer has to be 'all and none of the above'. For Cap d'Agde represents different things to different people, and accurately describing what type of holiday you should expect depends on what you want to expect. Perhaps the best advice, then, for those visiting Cap d'Agde for the first time is to be ready for anything, but expect nothing.
Non-European visitors, and even those from the United Kingdom, might wonder how so much could be written about a place which, in the context of French holiday destinations, hardly trips off the tongue like Saint-Tropez, Nice, and Cannes.
Ask any half-serious German, Dutch, French, Belgian, Swiss, Italian, Danish, or Swedish naturists whether they have ever heard of Cap d'Agde, and they will probably think you are making fun of them. Ask if they have been there, and most will grin and nod. In continental Europe, this mildly ugly resort on a mildly attractive stretch of the Mediterranean coast about 50km southwest of the city of Montpellier in the French region of Languedoc and Roussillon is the principal meeting place for a large proportion of European nudists, swingers, and alternative lifestylers. Other large naked places are scattered throughout Europe--in Spain and Croatia, for example?but none has the mythical reputation enjoyed (or endured) by Cap d?Agde.
Whether the Cap is still the largest nudist community in Europe is debatable. Even so, it receives around 300,000 visitors annually, and its 120 or so businesses drive an economy worth at least 10 million euro a season.
More has been written about Cap d?Agde than any other nudist resort in the world, although unfortunately much of the press is over-sensationalised--if not plain rubbish. To explain the Cap d'Agde phenomenon to the general public, the type of journalist who probably thinks twice before taking a shower in the nude has sensationalised the place to such an extent that separating fact from fiction, myth from reality, is difficult. This fiction, of course, has done no harm to the Cap's visitor stats.
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