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Supreme Court of Spain Says No to Nudists on Beach

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | May 21, 2016

Supreme Court of Spain Says No to Nudists on Beach

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Nudity will not become legal at a popular tourist spot in Spain, The Associated Press reported. 

The Spanish Federation of Naturism appealed local legislation that prohibited naturalists - or nudists - from beaches in the historic port city of Cadiz, arguing that nudism could be a fundamental right to freedom of ideology, AP said.

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But the Supreme Court rejected the appeal on Friday, according to AP. The court ruled that authorities in Cadiz could "manage properly the use of its services, equipment, infrastructure, facilities and public spaces."

The Supreme Court said the federation did not convince them that nudism was "at this moment, an accepted practice by the majority of beachgoers," according to AP.

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Spain gained the reputation of having laid-back beaches after the mayor of Benidorm suggested in the 1950s that police stop fining women for wearing bikinis at the beach, AP said.

Although they can’t sunbathe in the nude on beaches in Cadiz, nudists are allowed to use a beach outside of the city, AP said.

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