Balearic government pass Podemos initiative to facilitate and support naturism in the Balearic islands.
The government stopped short of agreeing to an amendment that asked for nudists be allowed a right to use cafes and restaurants in the buff.
At first glance this story appeared to have little more purpose than to fill up a few pages of British tabloids. At second and third glance it felt much the same way too.
It’s not as if they need much encouragement after all, naked bodies and Ibiza in one story makes for an easy day at the office for some of our counterparts back there. However, we can’t get on our high horse as we are publishing the story too, and actually it does contain some interesting clarity – albeit on the lack of clarity – on the whole subject of naturism and nudity for those so inclined.
The initiative was taken by Podemos, Spain’s newly emerged left of centre reforming party who have made a substantial impact on the political scene, gaining votes of the many Spaniards disillusioned with decades of corruption.
The Podemos motion called upon Balearic regional president Francina Armengol, to respect nudism, and in response to increasing numbers of naturists, to assure their rights were protected. The main motion, which was unanimously approved on Thursday by the parliament’s Commission for Social Affairs and Human Rights, did not seek any radical changes in the law, but did ask for attention in several areas.
“The parliament of the Balearic Islands urges the government to recognise the naturist tradition of the Balearic Islands and its practice in freedom, tolerance and respect for people and the environment,” the motion read. It continued to request that appropriate signposting be provided at those beaches where nudity is allowed. “It is a way of living in harmony with nature, characterised by the practice of being naked together,” it said.
The story is bound to be trivialised in some quarters, but the Independent were one newspaper that did explain the situation in some detail. They presented the Podemos case thus; Podemos argue that the huge increase in the level of tourism was having the effect of marginalising naturists to “more reduced and isolated spaces, in many cases because of the lack of information – bathers themselves do not know their rights and where they can practice nudism in a legal and safe manner”.
The call to protect naturist’s rights on beaches met with universal support, however two amendments to the main motion were immediately rejected.
The first of the two rejected amendments, to extend the right of naturism to all beaches in the Balearics, may seem a reasonable argument to present.
The second however, was a bit more out there, tackle and all. It was requested that naturists’ interests be extended so that they could, by right, use all cafes and restaurants in the buff. We have to give the proposer due credit, with a razor sharp political wit they had anticipated the probability of health and safety objections and added to their motion that ‘naked access be granted providing the person had taken with them a towel to sit on’.
Only in Ibiza.
I expect most of us living here have an idea which beaches you can and can’t discard the clobber. Does anybody know of an official list? Please let us know so that we can include it in our tourist informatitzin guides.
And whether you can show you bum in Ibiza or not, you definitely cannot on Facebook – hence the tastefully moderated image.