The beach is anexemplary public space, equalizing and self-adjustable, typical sample of mass self-organization. The human presence transmuted the natural landscape into a public space and determined his picture.
The human body approached the beach with hesitant steps, tamed it after a millenary repulsion and when he established his presence there, he attempted the contact with the water. Since then he continually visits the coast and he hasenriched his residencewith actions that had been devised in the passage of time. The specific difference among the beach and each other public space is the way the body acts there, the life that is developed, which even if is a public life, it includes elements of privacy and individuality.
The research hasto do withsome bibliographical notes, but also with a field researchin beaches of Magnesia. The field researchfocused in the way the bathers act, in the movements and their action and in all these that they can hide and emit. The eleven human acts that are analyzed in this particular study are nothing but some detectionsduringthe visits in the beach. This partial approach figures on presenting the total picture of the beach, as it rises via the bodies that live there.
Observing therefore the life in the beach, some elements were collected and they have to do with the various human acts that enrich it:
settle, dress, undress, enjoy, relax, sunbathe, play, exercise, immortalize, fascinate, retire.
This public space, intended for the free time, is strongly connected with the bodies which compose it. These bodies direct themselves in a scene of natural landscape, under the look of spectators, the other actors. This is the contemporary anthropology of the beach.