Inside ‘Naked City’ where nudists shop in the buff and swingers enjoy sex clubs

If you jetted off to Cap D’Agde without doing your research, you’d probably see it as the perfect place for a family holiday.

The seaside resort in the South of France is a sun trap with stunning sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coast and a bustling marina.

But when you look past the natural beauty, you’ll soon realise why the region has been dubbed the “Naked City”.

In Cap D’Agde, you can go nude in public places like supermarkets, restaurants, hairdressers and even banks.

While naturists don’t see this as anything sexual, the open-minded atmosphere has attracted swingers, sex workers and adult shops.

So here's how the Cap D'Agde got its X-rated reputation, with the help of the Mirror.

Naked attraction

A nudist campsite has existed in the resort since 1958, but by the 1970s, owners the Oltra brothers helped to push through plans to turn it into an entire naked village.

Nowadays, visitors to its 2km-long beach are required to strip off.

Then when mooching around the resort, there's a £6 "naked tax" if you choose to ditch your clothes.

It's common to see people wandering through streets, supermarkets and salons completely starkers.

Body confident tourists can't get carried away with their naked frolicking though.

In keeping with naturist ideals, there's a hefty fine of €15,000 if you're caught getting up to no good and in the evenings everyone politely dresses themselves for dinner.

Sex and the city

Nudists and swingers have been feuding about Cap D'Agde since the early noughts.

Heliopolis, the centre of the resort, used to housed a family park and swimming pool.

But the vibe of the area changed in 2005 when the attraction was knocked down to make room for bars, nightclubs and a 'couples only' swinging joint.

Sex tourism has rocketed as a result – with many packing into events like naked foam parties held at Le Glamour nightclub.

This month, Arthur O Urso and Luana Kazaki chose Cap D’Agde as the destination for their honeymoon.

They documented their trip to the region – and admitted they picked it as a post-wedding holiday so they could keep their sex life spicy.

Arthur and Luana said: “The city was elected the capital of sex and the experience is worth starting a marriage with adventures and new things, in addition to pleasure.

“We did this to get out of the sameyness…

“Couples should look for new experiences early in their marriage and not let it cool off."

Pandemic panic

As Cap D'Agde is a sex tourism hotspot, it's no surprise that it's experienced a coronavirus outbreak.

At the height of the pandemic last summer, almost 100 tourists tested positive for Covid-19.

Hospitality workers admitted social distancing was difficult at the resort.

Two hotel employees contracted the virus after a sexy party on a roof terrace.

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Like many destinations, Cap D'Agde has seen a decline in tourism during the pandemic too.

Philippe Barreau, who runs a series of kinky clothes stores in the town, told the BBC in September: "Right now there are just 5,000 people staying here.

"At this time of the year it should be 25,000. Nobody is in the mood for fun."

Hopefully the resort will return to its exciting atmosphere now the world is opening up again!

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