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Our history

Creation of Socnat

Albert Lecocq was born on 13 August 1905 in Arras and was a great advocate of open air physical activities and nudism. He was aware of the advantages and therapeutic values of nude sunbathing and wished to share this experience with as many people as possible.

Albert Lecocq was certainly one of the first to sense the need to organise naturist holidays for everyone. He was a visionary and correctly predicted that naturism would be a resounding success.

After looking at numerous sites in different French regions, Albert Lecocq and a few companions chose Montalivet -les-Bains in Gironde and the Médoc region. Here the town hall agreed to rent a 23- hectare site to them with direct access to the ocean. On 23 July 1950,they created the Centre Hélio Marin, the first naturist holiday village to be set up in Europe.

After managing it for four years as an association, Albert Lecocq quickly realised the limits of this type of management and in 1954 created the company Socnat with the purpose of managing the operation of naturist holiday centres.

A unique model

The Socnat offering was to develop with the set-up of a second naturist campsite, Le Domaine de La Genèse situated in Méjannes-le-Clap in the Gard department.  A recent addition to the group has been the acquisition of the naturist campsite Le Clapotis at La Palme in the Aude department.

Having come a long way from the limited facilities of those early days, our naturist campsites today offer adapted infrastructure such as heated swimming pools,water parks, varied shops, quality rental accommodation, wellbeing areas,sanitation blocks with solar powered hot water, Wi-Fi, etc.

Our aim is above all to provide holidaymakers at our sites with different naturist lifestyles, different complex sizes and different atmospheres where everyone can relax and feel physically fulfilled in a protected natural area.

Partner sites for more choice!

Because we are all different, we do not experience our naturist holidays in the same way. Our expectations are not the same and depend on our age, tastes, temperament and family situation. So we have decided to provide you with greater choice, and to extend the offering of our naturist campsites with scrupulously selected partner destinations that match the naturist values which we uphold.For example, you can stay in our mobile homes at Les Aillos campsite in Caraman in the Haute-Garonne department close to Toulouse, and at the Petit Arlane campsite at Valensole in the Alpes de Haute Provence department.

The holidays we offer are naturist holidays that reflect your personality!