Getting Back To Nature in France
For a truly liberating holiday, try a naturism vacation.There’s no better place than France to experience the peacefulness and relaxation it brings – it is after all, the birthplace of naturism. You can choose from a variety of outdoor activities such as windsurfing, hiking, cycling or indulge yourself with spa treatments and regardless of what you choose you’ll be far away from the daily stresses, relaxing in a unique landscape and sampling delicious French cuisine.
At these resorts clothing is either not encouraged or allowed, depending on the resort. The resorts are family-friendly where like-minded guests interact with each other, bonding over their deep respect for the environment.
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At Le Sérignan Plage, you will be camping near the Mediterranean Sea in a tent, cottage or chalet, which sleeps up to seven people, with the sea just a short walk away to one of the finest beaches on the coast. There is also a spa, and what really caught my eye was the massage walkway. You walk through water on a bed of pebbles, massaging your feet with each step, while a powerful side hydro-massage firms your thighs. That sounds heavenly – especially after a hike in the nearby Caroux Mountains. When you’re done relaxing (there’s even organised activities on the agenda if you have the little ones with you) you can explore the nearby medieval city of Carcassonne or try horseback riding at night.
If you’re seeking an active holiday, be sure to check out Camping Le Clapotis, located in the southern part of France. Here the top activities are windsurfing and kitesurfing, but you can also indulge in more relaxing activities as well – like bird watching. Of special note are the pink flamingos that hang out in the marshes on La Palme Lake! You’ll also want to visit the village of Bages. One for the history buffs, its origins date back to prehistoric times. You’re spoiled for a choice of accommodation options here too whether you want to pitch a tent or stay in a maisonnette.
The naturist campsite of Creuse Nature in the Limousin region is the second least populated region in France and a great place to get away from it all and see a different side of the country. Located just 350 km south from Paris, you will find hills, valleys and low mountains and you can choose between pitching a tent, a mobile home, a chalet. For something truly unique, why not try glamping in a safari tent? There are a wide variety of culture and sporting activities for the whole family, but the highlights include hiking (naked if you choose) in the private woods and a carp filled lake for the fishermen in your group. You can walk to Boussac, a nearby city that boosts a weekly market and a castle, or venture a little further and cycle to the neighbouring picturesque villages. What interests me the most are the Pierres Jaumâtres mysterious rock formations. These rocks are steeped in legend with whispers that they are home to fairies and buried treasure!
For another seaside camping experience, yet totally different, try Euronat on the Atlantic Coast. It’s an hour and a half drive north from Bordeaux, which makes it a very convenient spot for exploration. You can move into a ready-made tent, complete with camping supplies - ideal for nature lovers – and camp in a pine forest with access to the beach and to the nearby sand dunes. Here, you will not only relax, but you can also heal thanks to the Thalassotherapy offered. Admittedly, I haven’t tried Thalassotherapy, but I’m intrigued - it uses the healing properties of the sea to improve your health and well being. Once you’re feeling refreshed, you can explore the many cycling paths in the region or sample the famed wines in the Médoc region.
Regardless of which naturalism experience you choose in France, you are sure to experience the ultimate in relaxation and letting go. Each campsite is located in a different landscape and offers so much to see in the surrounding area. You may just find yourself arriving back at home with a newfound sense of peace and feeling rather liberated.