No clothes please, we're nud­ists

Con­tro­versy at Vil­la­joyosa's Playa Racó del Conill

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Shel­ley Lid­dell

A re­quest by nud­ists at Vil­la­joyosa's Playa Conill, clearly marked a nud­ist beach, for clothed bathers to re­move their swimwear or go to an­other beach has not been wel­comed by some non-nud­ist users.

FOR THE past 40 years, nud­ists have fre­quented Vil­la­joyosa’s Racó del Conill beach - al­though it was only this year that the town hall fi­nally put up signs to in­form vis­i­tors that it is a beach of nud­ist tra­di­tion.

Nud­ist users have no prob­lem with a few clothed users us­ing the beach; the prob­lems oc­cur in July and Au­gust, when up to 80% of the beach­go­ers are not nud­ists, mak­ing the nud­ists feel un­com­fort­able. Clothed beach­go­ers were also tak­ing panoramic pho­tos to in­clude the nud­ists and up­load­ing them on Face­book and Instagram in di­rect vi­o­la­tion of their pri­vacy.

This sum­mer, to avoid prob­lems, the nud­ists had a whip-round and col­lected enough money to print in­for­ma­tive leaflets, which they then handed out to those sun seek­ers who had cho­sen not to re- move their swim­ming gear.

The leaflets ex­plained that nud­ism is a life­style char­ac­terised by naked­ness in the en­joy­ment of nat­u­ral spa­ces, that nud­ism is a per­sonal choice, and they don't wish to im­pose it on any­one... but there are other lovely beaches in Vil­la­joyosa for "tex­tiles".

Nud­ists do not go nude on clothed beaches, so it was log­i­cal to re­quest that vis­i­tors to the Racó de Conil nud­ist beach col­lab­o­rate to pre­serve the nud­ist tra­di­tion, which was a po­lite sug­ges­tion to re­move their clothes or them­selves. Vis­i­tors were also asked not to take panoramic pho­tos, only per­sonal pho­tos of them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

A Span­ish cou­ple were not amused by the leaflet and felt they were be­ing forced off the beach. But again, log­i­cally, if you are not a nud­ist, why go to a nud­ist beach?

Photo: Án­gel Gar­cía

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