Nudity is a fact of life. Even the most modest of people will take their clothes off in the privacy of their bathroom for bathing. Everyone was born naked, yet depending upon your upbringing, as you get older, nudity can be seen as evil, disgraceful, or the everyday norm.
There are parts of the world where nudity is not frowned upon and where the people have a more casual attitude towards being naked. In Europe, the practice of going topless is acceptable on lots of public beaches, while in America, in most places this will get you arrested. There are some accepted places in America where nudity is the norm, though in most places it is still illegal even if it is accepted. There are a few places where it is actually legal.
In Europe, it is not only acceptable, but also legal, to be topless on most Mediterranean beaches and nude on quite a few of them. France has a very laid back attitude towards nudity, and Germany has the FKK movement, which has been around since the 1800’s.
In the Canary Islands of Spain, on the island of Gran Canaria, in the area of Maspalomas, is one of the areas of the world where nudity is legal and accepted. The beach in the area of Maspalomas runs from the town of Maspalomas to the town of Playa del Ingles, which is about 8 km long. Backing part of this long expanse of beach is an area known as the Dunes of Maspalomas.
The further you get from the Playa del Ingles area, the nuder the beach is! The area nearest Playa del Ingles is where the families tend to congregate and everyone keeps covered, but head down the beach towards Maspalomas and you will soon start noticing that there are more and more topless women lounging on the beach and playing in the water. Keep walking and you will soon begin to see nude people lounging in the sun and enjoying the ocean. If you were to keep going, you would then run into the area where gays tend to congregate. I think it is wonderful the way the breach tends to segregate itself into areas. This is a long standing tradition in this area of Gran Canaria. Also, if you were to wander among the Dunes of Maspalomas, you would find nude sunbathers dotting the landscape like beautiful flowers blooming in the desert.
The FKK movement in Germany stands for Freikorperkultur and translates to English as free body culture. In America it is known as nuturist or nudism, but whatever you want to call it, it boils down to the same thing. People like to get naked and lounge in the sun. People that are true naturist or FKK’lers are actually about more than just getting naked. It is a lifestyle to them, and it has more to do with getting back to nature than it does about getting naked. People with this lifestyle are more likely to be vegetarians and prefer organic everything, but nevertheless, there is a strong contingent of FKK’lers in the Maspalomas area.
One of the reasons is that this particular area of Gran Canaria is very popular with German tourists. There are hotels and restaurants that cater to the needs of German tourist, providing staff that speak German and serving foods that they are familiar with. With the industry providing what they need to have a comfortable holiday, it is no wonder that this area is popular. And with Europe’s relaxed attitude to nudity, it is no wonder that the FKK movement thrives here.
If getting naked on the beach and basking au naturel in the sun is your idea of a great vacation, you could do worse than planning a trip to the Play del Ingles or Maspalomas area of Gran Canaria. And if you are German to boot, it is nice to know there are people there that speak your language, in more ways than one.