Europe, France, Gironde

Euronat is a naturist holiday resort near Montalivet, in Grayan-et-l'Hôpital, France. After the success of CHM-Montalivet (naturist resort) it was apparent that there was a need for even more capacity. Euronat was founded by Hubert Lacroix (1931-1995) in a pine forest 1 km away from the beach. This is reached on a boardwalk through protected dunes or by a roadway where there is parking near the beach. The whole area is naturist. Euronat opened in 1968-9. It is 335 ha in area making it the largest naturist holiday centre in Europe. It is licensed for permanent residence. Most of the area is taken up with chalets but 20 acres (81,000 m) are reserved for caravanning, and 30 hectares for camping. It also has two mobile home park sections. It has a covered indoor heated swimming pool, a new outdoor pool, a outdoor slide pool, a large conference hall, and boasts a Thalassotherapy centre. The center includes fitness classes, a weight room with machines and free weights, although they are about 30 yrs old. There are services like massage, mud baths, seaweed treatments and the other latest beauty treatments. Located near the camping section are basketball courts and tennis courts. There are 25 shops in the shopping centre. These include a bakery, wine shop, a grocery store, a fish market, and a general merchandise shop. Among its cultural offerings, Euronat has had a strong connection with Francois Malkovsky (1889-1982), a proponent of 'free dance'. Also in the center is a pizzaria, seafood restaurant, french restaurant and ice cream stand. A few bars complete the center. Nudity is required in the swimming pools and on the beach, but only enforced at the pool. In the evenings most everyone dresses for dinner and shows. The two supervised beaches are 1.5 km in total and have two helicopter pads, for air ambulance use.