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Where to Go When It's Too Hot To Wear Clothes

By May 23, 2009

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We got an alert the other day. Said it was gonna be a scorcher in every big city in Italy. Since it's a weekend, that means that the autostrade will be jammed with cars, especially near the beaches.

So what do Europeans do when the weather turns steamy? Most spend the hot afternoons inside buttoned-up stone houses, preserving the cool of the morning. Many hit the beaches--and a very small percentage of them abandon their clothing and run free in designated areas. You can be one of the latter, and save some packing, by following along as we explore some clothing free options in Europe.

Free Body Culture (FKK) is quite a prevalent philosophy in Austria and Germany, so naturally we've selected some of the top places to get naked in Austria, while Birge Amondson of Germany Travel gives us a road map to the Best Nude Beaches in Germany.

You might be amused to know that nudism isn't illegal in Spain, according to Damian Corrigan, and he happily doles out some advice on where to get naked in Spain, you know, places where you'll be unlikely to scare the horses (or, this time of year, bulls on the run).

On the other hand, nudism is illegal in Ireland, says Bernd Biege. But, just like here in Italy, Bernd notes that there are always ways around those silly laws...

Kelby Carr starts out her primer on How to Get Naked in France with "Determine whether you want to get naked or just go topless" so you know it's not gonna be hard to find a venue for your altogether as long as you can decide which parts you want to expose.

Terri Mapes lets us in on a little secret that wasn't such a secret back in the 70s, "Nudism in Scandinavia is nothing unusual."

So now that you know the facts about nudism in Europe, you can hit Europe's Top Nude Beaches without fear...or unwieldy clothing.

Got a favorite nude or topless beach you'd like to share? Fill us in: Your Favorite Nude and Topless Beaches in Western Europe.

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