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Nudism prohibited

A seven-year long battle in various courts between the Spanish Naturist Association and Cadiz Municipality has now been settled by the Supreme Court.

La Playa de Santa María del Mar, Cádiz. Photo: Daphne Chui.

La Playa de Santa María del Mar, Cádiz. Photo: Daphne Chui.

There is now a ban on nude bathing in the historic port of Cadiz. It was “Federación Española de Naturismo” who went to court for their cause, claiming that nude bathing was a basic human right which has support in the Spanish Constitution.

But the Supreme Court sentenced in the municipality’s favor and the verdict says that nudity in a public place is not an expression of the fundamental right to ideological freedom under Article 16 of the Constitution. Thus the municipality is free to restrict the exercise of such activities.

Fines for violating the municipal regulation may be up to 750 €.

There are other examples of similar cases with the same outcome in Barcelona, Valladolid and Ella-Platja d’Aro. When it comes to Valladolid not only nudity, but also half nudity in public places became illegal in the verdict.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, orginal by William Helsen.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, orginal by William Helsen.

Related article from april 23rd 2015: Nudists can be fined