Despite Spain’s fame for naked sunbathing, naturists are being ordered to keep to themselves by local councils and the Supreme Court
Cortadura beach in Cadiz is known as “meerkat beach” due to the number of peeping toms who bob up and down from behind the dunes to catch a glimpse of “the action” below.
It is the only beach in the city of Cadiz where nudism is tolerated and although most people wear swimsuits or bikinis, there is every chance the peeping toms will be rewarded with the sight of a bare bottom.
“It is always the same two or three voyeurs. We recognize the way they pop up from behind the dunes and we have our eye on them,” says José Manuel, 51, a confirmed nudist who took years persuading his partner Isabel to go topless.
José Manuel likes to go nude because he feels more comfortable that way. “I can’t stand wearing swimwear,” he says while his partner is the opposite. “I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing nothing,” she admits.
Although Cortadura is not an official nudist beach, there is a certain tradition and the police turn a blind eye, whereas on the other beaches in the city you could be fined up to €750 for stripping off and breaking the anti-nudity law passed in 2009 by the then-PP city council. This law has since been backed by the Supreme Court, which considers local authorities have the right to regulate against nudism since public scandal offenses are no longer a part of the penal code.
Cádiz is the fourth instance of a high court endorsing a law against nudism. Last year the same thing happened in Barcelona and the town of Castell-Platja s’Aro, Girona, while just a month ago in Valladolid, nudism or swimwear in public places was outlawed.
Curiously, nudism is only illegal on specific beaches in Cadíz, Barcelona and Castell- Platja s’Aro, which in practice means that someone could legally emerge naked from their home until reaching the beach where they would have to get dressed, as Ismael Rodrigo, president of the Naturist Spain Federation (FEN), points out.
Source: El País
Original publication 23 June 2016
Posted on NatCorn 4th April 2021
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