The previous year we visited the
Normandy landing beaches and visited a few nudist beaches on our way.
Sorry about the lack of photos
If anyone has photos of this beach
please send them along. The Buns
Plage des Sables
d'Opale, Berck, Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
This beach is sign posted “Plage Nature”.
There is a gravel parking lot next to a closed down venue called “Le
Terminus”. (GPS: 50.4321, 1.5669)
From here you
walk on a sandy path to the beach and turn right. Walking for another
500 yards you pass some ruined concrete bunkers and the
nudity zone begins and extends north
for 1000 yards. We had some amusing experiences here.
The beach is very well used by a very
social mixed crowd which thins the further you get from the access. On
top of the dunes naked men stand, hands on hips, surveying the scene
below them. On our first visit we made the mistake of going into the
start of one of the little valleys leading into the dunes. This
attracted the attention of several men, mostly harmless, but one who
came and sat about 10 feet away wearing his budgie smugglers. We were
amazed when he then reached inside them and proceeded to try and massage
his budgie into a cockatoo. Our derisive laughter made him give up and
go away very quickly. We moved down onto the beach where the normal
people were. On each of the 3 days we were there a well built coloured
gentleman was also present who visually confirmed rumours about the
endowments of his race. He seemed to have a large fan club of white
ladies who, leaving their husbands to guard their sun umbrellas, queued
up to have him rub sun cream all over their bodies. I suggested to my
wife she might enquire how much he charged but she declined. Swimming
was good, easy when the tide was up and a long walk at low water when
the mussel farm was exposed. Swimming amongst the mussel poles was fun
with a prevailing smell of moules not unpleasant. The men with their
tractor attending the mussel farm took no notice of anyone swimming.
Walking back up the beach we found a young couple lying on the beach
engrossed with each other and, frankly, they should have “got a room”
but were doing no harm out of sight of everybody. The last thing worthy
of mention was the elderly fisherman with his fishing basket and 2 rods
working the tide up the beach wearing only a hat and a perfect suntan.