Visitors to Madrid next month be advised: if you’re considerating a swim in one of the city’s municipal pools, note that city authorities have approved a ‘No Swimsuit Day’ at a date to be fixed.
The Spanish capital’s mayor, Manuela Carmena, gave her approval for nude bathing after a local nudist organisation suggested that going naked in public would present a chance to “educate and transmit Western values,” Spanish media reported.
Carmena has contacted all 21 Madrid districts, giving approval but stipulating that signs must be erected indicating that a nudist event is being held.
The mayor has effectively authorised districts to decide for themselves. Towards the end of August, Spanish midsummer, is the most likely time.
In Germany meanwhile, members of a nudist colony are objecting to the proposed construction of a refugee shelter next door. They cite personal safety concerns, following a spate of widely publicised sexual assaults in Germany committed by migrants.
Members of the Familiensport-und FKK-Bund Waldteichfreunde Moritzburg nudist group fear their lifestyle may be threatened if the proposed refugee shelter opens as planned, directly next door to their Moritzburg colony in the German state of Saxony.
Group member Petra Hoffman says the group has been in the area for well over a century, since 1905, whereas the refugees have only just turned up.
The regional council says the government would install a large privacy screen between the refugee centre and the nudist colony but the nudists are not convinced. Naturism is a long-established concept in Germany and a council spokesman stressed that recent migrants, most of whom are Muslim, must adapt to local culture – including the presence of nudists.
Germany has accepted more refugees than any other country in Europe, taking in 1.1 million in 2015.
Written by Peter Needham