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Euronat [2] is at Montalivet Beach in the Aquitaine region of France. It is one of the most popular naturist camps on the Atlantic coast, and covers about one and a half square miles (3.9 km²) at the endless sandy beach of the Côte d'Argent (silver coast - named according to the glittering fine sand). This resort belongs to the commune of Grayan-L'Hôpital, but is a village by its own, where guests can find everything they need during longer stays.


Euronat is mostly visited by families, who practice a moderate, non-dogmatic nudism ("clothes optional"). Swimsuits are strongly discouraged at the beach and not allowed in the pool, but otherwise clothing is not banned. Infrastructure is adapted to fulfil the needs of families but also of young people. 10,000 guests can live on the spatious area in a pine grove without suffering crowding.

Get in[edit]

Most people come by car, either from the south-east via Bordeaux or from the north via the ferry between Royan and Le Verdon. If travelling from further away flying either to la Rochelle or to the nearer Bordeaux airport is fine. Borddeaux airport is only 50 minutes drive and all the usual car hire firms are available. Car hire also available at Bordeaux st Jean station (1 hr 20 mins from Euronat)

Get around[edit]

It is very good to get around in this region by bike.There are some excellent cycle paths through the forests to Montalivet, north to Point de Grave and across the penisinsula to the Gironde estuary. They are all pretty flat with almost no hills.

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Many sports can be practiced free of charge like football, archery, yoga, morning exercises on the beach, running groups, water-polo, and etc. The animation program comprises lots of artistic activities like chamber music, singing, pottery, painting, sculpture, drawing (e.g. nudes), free dance. Courses in building kites and boomerangs, botanic and astronomic excursions, concerts and lectures round out the really superior offerings. There is a spa on the campsite that offers so-called 'thalasso therapy', entry is not free.

Although there is enough to view outside the campside, the hinterland will most probably be found uninteresting by culture freaks or action seekers. A synopsis of visitable aspects in the surroundings of Euronat:

  • Visit the Moulin a Vent (wind mill) near Vensac which is situated in the middle of wine yards.
  • Make a day-trip to Bordeaux (appr. 50 mins by car, 1 hour by train (when departing from Soulac).
  • Make a tour through the Medoc wine region.
  • Visit 'Phare Richard' from which one has a marvelous sight over the Gironde
  • Visit one of the many wine chateaux.
  • Visit the fashionable seaside resort Soulac-sur-Mer.
  • Eat 'huitres' (oisters) and taste wine at the market in Montalivet-les-Bains.
  • Climb the 'Dune du Pyla', the highest dune of Europe.
  • Make a day-trip to Royan (by ferry from Pointe de Grave).
  • Make a day-trip to the 'Lac d'Hourtin-Caracans'

Excellent surveillance of the beach guarantees for safe bathing in the sea. If dangerous currents occur, bathing is resticted to narrow areas. The beaches are guarded by qualified bath superintedents and a lifeboat is sailing behind the waves every day in the high season. As an alternative there is a large indoor swimming pool.

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  • La soupe a l'oignon (situated in l'Hopital)
  • La Bresquette (situated adjacent to the D101 road, about 8 kilometres south of Vendays-Montalivet)
  • Le Poissonnerie (situated on the campsite itself)
  • Chez Nicole (situated in Vensac) Closed since 4 Years.
  • At Euronat naturist site there are 5 restaurants and other cafe and snack facilities, including on the natursit beach itself.

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The neighbouring vineyards of the Medoc produce the famous bordeaux vines.

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Guests can live in bungalows, mobile homes, caravans or tents.

  • Alec Brown (Euronat Studios), [1]. A comfortable 2 bedroomed house at Euronat in a quiet part of this amazing natural forest site. Close to naturist beach and all the shops restaurants and other facilities that are on this huge naturist site. The house sleeps up to 5 (there are two double beds, and a bed settee in the living room). Peak season rerservations are made via Maisons & Sejours, out of main peak all booking s via the owners at The off-peak rate is simply £150 per week for self catering for the house. Provide your own linen and towels or these can be hired from Euronat reception if flying into France. GBP150.  edit


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