Public transport taxi or bus is available between Agde and Cap d'Agde. In the evening, when it gets colder, more people are dressed, sometimes in revealing clothes. A local tourist tax is charged per person, per day. After the Second World War the brothers Oltra noticed that people were coming in increasing numbers to camp on their land, and that many of these people liked to bathe and to sunbathe nude. The Oltra brothers began to formalise arrangements for campers on their land, and this subsequently led to the creation of the Oltra Club which is a caravanning and camping resort.
The camp grew increasingly popular, especially with young families. German and Dutch tourists were particularly numerous. Naturism initially had no part in these proposals, but Rene Oltra, one of the brothers, persuaded the authorities to include plans for a naturist resort at Cap d'Agde. In the beach was officially designated as a naturist beach. Regulations for the new resort were also promulgated. The Naturist Village would be a place where voyeurs and exhibitionists would not be welcome.
The flats were sold and the owners often let them when they did not require them for their own use. The Naturist Village became a controlled zone during the season with regulated access. Everyone entering was informed of the regulations and required to comply with them. Many shops and commercial premises remained empty, ready for sale or let.
During this time the Naturist Village continued to prove a popular resort and it developed an easy and pleasant atmosphere. There were so many German visitors that the Post Office even had a designated postbox for letters and poscards being sent to Germany. Unlike swingers, libertines believe in pure hedonism including exhibitionism.
They are more than happy to see and be seen engaging in whatever behaviour they choose. Libertines claimed part of the naturist beach where they wished to be free to engage in sex acts in front of others. Many of the shops in the Naturist Village devoted themselves to supporting the newcomers, and started selling provocative clothing and sex toys, frequently displaying them in shop windows. This was subsequently re-built and re-opened in the summer of The police described the last two fires as 'suspicious'.
The police investigated, but no suspects were ever found. Its rules are over thirty years old and appear to be ignored and there is a charter which has no legal basis. There are rules requiring total nudity as the norm, which ban photography, the wearing of provocative clothing and the display of indecent items.
All of these are no longer enforced by the authorities. However, new signs on the beach during the season warned against lewd behaviour and it is understood that at least two people have been prosecuted for such offences, but these are laws which apply throughout France and are not particular to the Naturist Village. In August Club Glamour staged a publicity event on the public Naturist Beach, where total nudity is allegedly required by law: The Police Municipal looked on while this took place.
There are now no fewer than five large libertine clubs and many smaller libertine venues in the Naturist Village including shops and bars. There are numerous sex shops which openly display their wares, as well as shops selling fetish items, intimate piercing items etc. The old inclusiveness has largely disappeared along with many genuine naturist tourists. There are fewer German and Dutch tourists than ever and almost no children or young people. The 'Germany only' post box has long since disappeared.
The Naturist Village today is dominated by a vibrant night-life centred around the recreational sex industry through the libertine clubs and venues. Many of these clubs are open at certain times throughout the year. During the season, clubbers gain access to the controlled area by telephoning their car numbers in advance to the clubs who then notify security at the barriers which are the responsibility of the local authority: The clubs claim the privilege of the French law of independent organisations 'le Loi 1 juilet ' or Association Loi and therefore set their own rules and make their own exclusions.
Very few people go nude in the evening and some do not during the day and by nightfall many openly wear provocative and revealing clothing including chainmail, leather, fishnet and fetishist items. The article said that the fires had shocked the local community. Local advertising is encouraging libertines to adhere to the rules, whilst explaining to naturists that the evening entertainment in the naturist village is 'more directed at adults'.
The Naturist Village creates employment and revenue in a region of France which is economically less affluent than many other areas. It also creates income for the local authority through revenue earned from local property taxes as well as income earned from the controlled entry.
Publicity is aimed at drawing both genuine naturists and also libertines although there are obvious conflicting interests. Two security posts feature police and medical facilities. Even though Cap d'Agde is in France, most of the service staff speak English. Heliopolis has a shopping area with a supermarket at the ground floor. It has approximately apartment units for 2, 4, and 6 people.
It is fenced-off from the rest of the resort and only residents have access outside daylight hours. It is at the beach, south of Heliopolis, with two commercial areas, one closest to the beach and one in the knick of the L, with bars, restaurants, shops, and supermarket.
Two swimming pools are south of Port Nature. Village Nature are duplex houses south of Port Nature, about units for 6 to 8 people each. In this naturist village there's a webcam with a view to the sea. You can see this webcam here. It is at the back of the resort close to Hotel Eve.
Two of the villas even have their own pools. Whilst not a libertine complex, the elevated apartments on the eastern side look directly into the libertine pool area of the Les Jardins Du Babylon.
Discretion with children is advised. It is designed to afford privacy from other developments with the sun terraces and a pool discreetly hidden from those outside the development, even from the surrounding flats of Heliopolis. The campsite is only open mid-March to mid-October Create a free website.