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Topless bathing given official OK as Barcelona frees the nipple

Barcelona is famous for its rooftop pools - now it's officially OK to go topless.

Topless bathing given official OK as Barcelona frees the nipple

Going for a topless dip in Barcelona is nothing unusual, but Spanish authorities had to wade in after complaints that some pools were telling women to cover up.

Topless bathing given official OK as Barcelona frees the nipple

It’s now officially OK for women to bathe topless in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

Authorities had to set the record straight after a report released in June showed some public pools were telling women to cover up.

But women taking a topless afternoon dip is a perfectly common sight in the Catalan capital, whether at one of its many rooftop pools or at the beach.

As well as countless pools, Barcelona boasts a beautiful sandy beach, where it's commonplace for women to go topless. REUTERS/Albert Gea

As well as countless public pools, Barcelona boasts beautiful sandy beaches, where it’s commonplace for women to go topless. REUTERS/Albert Gea

That’s why Mugrons Lluires, a campaign group that combats gender discrimination, filed a complaint to the city council claiming that some pools were denying women’s rights by saying they couldn’t go topless.

After an investigation, the council’s office against discrimination issued a report to all its pools instructing them to guarantee women’s equality and allow topless bathing.

A spokeswoman for Barcelona council told CNN that while there are no written rules about what people can wear at its municipal pools, discrimination based on gender is prohibited.

She emphasised that bathing topless in Barcelona is nothing new and had been common practice for some time.

Mugrons Lluires celebrated the news in a tweet, saying Barcelona is now “egalitarian” and “free”.

Barcelona is one of the world's cultural, historical and architectural gems. REUTERS

Barcelona is one of the world’s cultural, historical and architectural gems. REUTERS

Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and one of the world’s major tourist destinations thanks to its rich cuisine, architecture, history and culture.

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