So I am travelling in a few weeks to Barcelona, Cote D'azur, and to Genoa Italia and was wondering if men wear thongs on these beaches. I want to try it personally but am unsure how taboo it would be. Otherwise I will wear my speedo. I'm 22, good body, and want to just tan in a thong swimsuit.

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    Women can wear thongs on mediterranean beaches. Why wouldn't men be allowed to do so?
    – JoErNanO
    Apr 18, 2016 at 15:42
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    You mean something like this: img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/02358/… ?
    – JonathanReez
    Apr 18, 2016 at 15:42
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    @JoErNanO I don't think it's hard to come up with examples of clothing that are socially acceptable for one gender to wear and not the other.
    – CMaster
    Apr 18, 2016 at 16:28
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    Since you own a substitute bathing suit, and a thong won't exactly take up space in your suitcase, why not bring both? Head to the beach in your Speedo and if it looks like thongs are pretty common and not worthy of comment or remark, change into yours. You don't really need to know in advance - just bring both! Apr 18, 2016 at 16:39
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    I would search for photos in Google for that beach, check the photos and see... Apr 18, 2016 at 16:46

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To be legally covered (pun intended), just make sure that you have some piece of clothing around your scrotum and the shaft.

The social aspect is quite more complex and the acceptable degree of skimpiness will not just differ between cities, but also between the different beaches in each region. Even if male thongs are not too common on mediterranean beaches, except on strict nude beaches, where even a thong may be too much, I would doubt that anyone at all would bother if an odd guest is wearing one.

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    Having lived all my life at most at 30 minutes from a beach, and more or less half the beaches around my region being nudist, I've never seen a male thong here. If you want nice tan, you just go to a nudist beach and wear nothing.
    – Oxy
    Oct 1, 2019 at 16:28

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