Guide to the Naturist Zone
These are questions that newcomers often ask and the answers they are
given vary depending on who is giving the answer - most people will give
what they believe or assume to be the answer though few, if any, actually
know the answer with certainty.
A good, but approximate, answer is that the naturist
zone comprises the naturist beach + the beach promenade + the naturist
urbanizacions (residential developments) + the hotel + the streets and
pathways between and linking them.
A more accurate answer is that the naturist zone is
just a concept - originally dreamed up by a former mayor of Vera to encourage
development and tourism and the Council gave life to this concept by appointing
an overall developer of a substantial block of land by the sea (which,
at the time, was nearly all abandoned salt workings and near desert).
The overall developer produced a master plan and then sold off the land
in parcels, most of them quite large, to other developers who built developments
(urbanizacions) comprising apartments + communal facilities such as swimming
pools and gardens (there are 12 naturist urbanizacions ranging in size
from just half a dozen apartments to one which has nearly 600). Vera Council
granted planning permissions for the individual urbanizacions which included
permission for a naturist lifestyle to be lived in them and the naturist
urbanizacions include in their constitutions the expectation that the
owners of individual apartments will live a naturist lifestyle.
None of the urbanizacions at Vera Playa are "Clothes
Optional" - they are either Naturist or Textile. Individual owners
of apartments or houses within the naturist urbanizacions have signed
up when they bought their property to live a naturist lifestyle and not
to let their property to textiles, so it should not happen, but like most
things which should not happen, it does!
There were a few hiccups on the way - two urbanizacions
which had permission to be naturist became textile - Playa de Baria,
which changed designation halfway through construction and sale, and Vera
Mar 6, where the developer decided to market it as textile even before
construction commenced (See our Developments
page for more info about the various urbanizacions).
Each naturist urbanizacion is a gated community and its naturist status
internally is very clear. Visitors are often uncertain about the status
of the roads, streets and pathways outside the perimeters of the individual
urbanizacions - which are all public highways which anyone can and do
use. The custom & practice is that the streets etc between the
urbanizacions and the sea are naturist. There is not, as far as we
know (though we would be happy to find that there is an official decree
to the contrary), any official status for the naturist use of the streets
- or perhaps even the beach promenade (which didn't even exist at the
time of the designation of the naturist urbanizacions). The custom
& practice is that "Hotel Street" is textile - but this
seems only to be the case because the company which owns the hotel also
owns most of, if not all, the nearby shops, bars, restaurants etc (and
lets them out to individual operators) and the hotel does not wish to
discourage textiles from using all these commercial enterprises. In fact,
the status of "Hotel Street" is no different from that of any
other road or street in the area.
So, there are no neat certainties as far as the streets
are concerned. But the naturist beach, which many visitors perceive
as quite short (0.5 kms or so), is actually pretty long (around 2 kms)
- and that IS official, having been created by decree and its status having
been confirmed by the Andalucian Ombudsman just a few years ago after
Vera Council, under a later mayor, tried (illegally) to redesignate it
as textile (more - click here -
also see our Beach Guide page).
These days the Spanish Naturist Associations are not
in favour of signposting beaches because, they argue, the present Spanish
Constitution permits anyone to be naked anywhere - so any beach is naturist
if a user of it wishes to do so naked (it is true to say that reports
from around Spain suggest that some Local Police forces and even the Guardia
Civil don't always seem to have quite the same interpretation - however,
at Vera Playa, both Local Police and Guardia seem to understand that the
whole 2 kms of beach, the promenade and the streets in the naturist zone
are all naturist). Where the boundaries are and exactly which parts of
which streets are naturist is a bit fuzzy (for instance, is the street
to the south of Playa de Baria to the sea and the paths in the vicinity
of the lagoon naturist or textile? Answer, not absolutely clear, but many
naturists use them as naturist.
So, our advice is just get
on and enjoy your naturist holiday and don't worry. If you
stray outside the generally accepted limits of the naturist zone the world
will not end and you are most unlikely to get arrested. For instance,
if, as some folk have, you go shopping naked in the Consum supermarket
you will embarrass the staff and get some odd looks from other shoppers
but that's all (except getting cold near the freezers) - and hopefully
you'll have sussed out that you've well over-stepped the line and won't
do so a second time!
www.VeraPlaya.info - 15 August 2011.