I attended Alpe Adria for the first time this year. My only regret is that I didn’t start earlier. This event brings together naturists from western and eastern Europe, plus a few visitors from further away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such strong friendships between people who, often, don’t speak the same language. I guess one could say that naturism was our common language. What we all shared was a devotion to naturist values, which broke down any cultural barriers that may otherwise have existed in a different setting.
This year, the event was held at Solaris naturist resort near Porec , in Croatia, from June 13th – 16th, although most people stayed for at least a week. It has been high on the International Naturist Federation’s calendar for 52 years. Promoted mainly as a sports gathering, it’s much, much more than that. One can participate in as much or as little of the sports activities as one wants and, for those of us less sporty than others, there are plenty of more docile activités. Between bike racing, fun runs, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, pétanque, tug of war, barefoot soccer and the very popular pedal boat race, there was Uno, chess, planking and more. Many medals were won, even if winning was not what we were there for.
Outside of the different games, we all break off to have drinks or meals with new and old friends. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who left with a heap of new names in my contacts list. The new friends I made were worth more than any gold medals.
While the rest of Europe was in warm clothes and raincoats, we were basking in the Croatian sun and I came home with a delicious tan.
If you have never attended Alpe Adria or if you haven’t been for several years, I hope to see you there in 2025!
Laurent Luft