Devotees of naturism in Croatia are trying to revive the glory days of the tradition on the back of the country's booming tourism industry
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Back to basics: Can Croatia revive nudism’s glory days?
As an early pioneer of nudism, Croatia’s idyllic Adriatic coast has a long and storied history of people stripping down to swim and commune with their surroundings in the naturist tradition.

But as the once wildly popular trend struggles to attract new followers, devotees are grappling with how to harness Croatia’s booming tourism industry to revive the glory days.

“For me, naturism is freedom,” says Dusan Salomon, a Slovenian who has been visiting Croatia’s largest naturist camp with his wife for nearly 50 years.

Devotees of naturism in Croatia are trying to revive the glory days of the tradition on the back of the country's booming tourism industry
Devotees of naturism in Croatia are trying to revive the glory days of the tradition on the back of the country’s booming tourism industry

The 65-year-old, who lives in Germany, also jokes that it is a frugal style of vacationing since they save money on swimsuits.

“Everyone feels more free (here), one is what one is,” adds his wife Katarina, sitting in the shade next to their camp trailer.

The couple consider themselves lucky to have a daughter and 20-year-old grandson who also join them for summers at Koversada, the sprawling naturist complex based around an islet off Croatia’s northwestern Istria peninsula.

By and large, the camp clientele is aged over 40.

“For younger generations, naturism is simply not sufficiently attractive, as it was to their parents,” says Nenad Skuflic, camping manager of Adris Group, which runs Koversada.

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Source: Bangkok Post

Original publication 19 JUL 2019

Posted on NatCorn 22nd July 2019

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