When the weather turns hot (and hotter), most people think of hitting the beach, to cool off, to perfect their tan, to indulge in water sports or simply to have fun. Some people take pains to shed off unwanted pounds, to show off a great or better figure in the latest swimwear. But while, by unspoken convention, most people don beachwear when going to the beach, there are places, particularly in permissive Europe where going to the beach sans clothes is allowed, albeit in some very secluded locations. Learn a bit about some of the most popular nude beaches in Europe right here.
Fly me there
The fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the largest in Greece, Crete is a favourite destination, for you can see remnants of great civilizations in the island, view impressive mountains and other scenic landscapes, savour the rich gastronomic culture of Greece and explore its gorgeous beaches. The people in Crete are extremely friendly and welcoming and ready to provide you with a memorable Mediterranean experience in the island that is called the cradle of European civilisation.
Crete has stunning beaches, and Filaki is among the top-ranked ones. It is a secluded beach and a naturist resort and is among the best in the country. It is only 15 minutes (about 700 metres) away from Vritomartis, the main hotel complex near Filaki. The beach has plenty of amenities. Filaki is an officially-recognised nude beach, therefore, you can peacefully be in the beach without clothes. Filaki, which is separated from the rest of the beach by rock formations, is easy to access and many guests coming from the hotel can easily walk to the beach along a rustic road.
IL DU LEVANT, FRENCH RIVIERA
One of the four islands that make up Îles d’Hyères, the island of Île du Levant is close to Toulon. It’s just two kilometres wide and about eight kilometres long, with only about 10 per cent of the island accessible to the public. The rest of the island is a military missile test centre. In this island however, nudity is almost obligatory except around the village square and the area close to the harbour. Still, you can get by with minimal attire, and going topless is accepted even in restaurants. The island is accessible by ferry from Le Lavandou or from Hyères. No cars are allowed in Île du Levant.
Le Grottes Plage
There are several nude resorts surrounding Île du Levant, and Le Grottes Plage is truly reserved for nudists and you can go anywhere in the area without any clothes on and no one would mind. It was in this island that nudism started in France. Le Grottes Plage is an awesome location that is hidden from the quayside by a footpath along the coast. It’s only a small natural cove that has sparkling water and a beach that is covered with fine white sand.
Tourism is what drives the economy of Dubrovnik today. It is a walled city that had amazingly remained intact. Maritime trade caused the building of Dubrovnik and during the Middle Ages, it is the only city located in the Adriatic that could rival the glory of Venice. It was a centre of education, culture and the arts during its heyday and is considered today as one of the Mediterranean’s most stunning towns, which was described by George Bernard Shaw as “paradise on earth.”
An addition to the stunning beauty of Dubrovnik is the naturally beautiful islet called Lokrum Island, which is an oasis for naturists. It can be reached by ferry from the city. The beach is hidden by large rocks. It’s located of the far eastern corner of the island and is accessible from Cava Beach. It is a cliff beach and sharp rocks are strewn about. If you intend to sunbathe, it is best to purchase a sponge mat to keep you comfortable. Follow the signs painted on rocks along the way, with words such as FKK, No Clothing, Naturisti or Naturist.
Formentera, which is the fourth largest Balearic Islands is close to Ibiza. While Ibiza is pulsating and lively, Formentera is quite sedate, with its beaches conducive to lazing about. It was almost a deserted island but was before Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd visited the island in the 1970s. After that, Formentera became a place for respite after hectic days of partying in Ibiza. The generally flat island has some beautiful and unspoilt beaches, which makes Formentera a perfect place for walking and cycling, sailing and snorkelling. There is no airport here and the easiest method to get to the island is either by bus, taxi or ferry.
Playa de Ses Illetes
Playa de Ses Illetes is one of the most famous of the stunning beaches in Formentera. The fine white sand beach is nude-friendly. The virgin beach has a very gentle slope so it is quite safe. There are signs that you can follow if you come by car, and there is a free parking area where you can leave your vehicle. If you use public transport, you’ll only walk about half a kilometre from the closest bus top to reach Playa de Ses Illetes. Be sure to follow the flag warnings and the instructions of the lifeguards for your safety.
Also in the Mediterranean is Corsica, an enchanting island that is replete with beautiful villages on the hills, forests that are still very dense, valleys, mountains, glorious beaches, fun cities along the coast and glistening bays. For over 200 years, Corsica has been a part of France. Still, it stands out on its own, with its different character and language as well as cuisine and local customs, all of which is part of the island’s appeal and charm.
Corsica is the birthplace of Napoleon, but aside from that, it is known for its 2.5-mile long nude beaches, which is the longest in Europe. Plage Linguizzetta, which is considered as the best nude beach. Also, it does not get crowded, which is a bonus. It has powder-fine white sand and amenities galore, with local restaurants and bars to keep you sustained. Plage Linguizzetta is a beach where you can completely relax sans clothing and allow time to stand still for as long as you like.
In Italy’s Liguria Region is Cinque Terre (The Five Lands) on the Italian Riviera’s rugged coastline. The entire Cinque Terre and the hillsides form part of the Cinque Terre National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From a distance, the hillsides seem to be made up of colourful puzzle pieces, which are actually dwellings erected by villages by carefully carving terraces on the cliffs. Boats, trains and well-worn winding paths connect the five villages. Cars are banned at Cinque Terre.
Spiaggia di Guvano
While the Cinque Terre is a popular tourist destination, there is one thing that has been making tourists come to the island – the gorgeous Spiaggia di Guvano, which is hidden behind the hills on the island. The beach is a small pebbly cove that could only be reached by going down the hill and passing through a pitch-black tunnel. The trek to the beach starts at the train station in Corniglia and from there head toward the village and walk down the path until you reach the old train tunnel. The no-charge walk through the tunnel takes about 15 minutes. As you emerge from it, you’ll be right there on the shore of a beautiful, peaceful and quiet beach where you are totally free to remove your clothes.
Devon is a fantastic place to visit. It’s a destination that is rich in history, beaches and wild, scenic landscapes. It is a place where you can allow yourself to get lost, forget the frenzy of city life and just enjoy the freedom of a schedule-free life, even if it’s only for a short time. The best part of coming to Devon is sampling is sandy beaches.
Wild Pear Beach
The Wild Pear Beach is located in Combe Martin, which is a small tourist town. From the town, the beach is only 30 minutes away on foot although you have to climb down a cliff to reach it. Still it’s worth the effort since not only is the beach open to naturists, it also has water that’s so blue, which is not typically found in the area. The beach is protected by a cove, giving beachgoers a peaceful time perfecting their tan as it provides natural seclusion. You can even be lulled to sleep by the sound of water running in the streams behind the beach.
The beautiful village of Odeceixe is located below the hillside in the Odeceixe River Valley in Algarve. It is such a quaint and sleepy town that only comes alive during the summer, which is when tourists arrive. The road to the beaches are quite endearing path, offering great sceneries left and right.
Adegas Beach is one of the seven official nudist beaches in Portugal. It can be reached by going down a long wooden staircase from the parking lot. The waters are calm here as it is a cove sheltered by tall cliffs. Adegas is a bit remote so there are no amenities along the beach. You can get hungry you can buy snacks from the top of the cliff, but that means you have to ascend and descend the stairs again, so it is best to come prepared. The water is shallow even at quite a distance from the beach, making it a safe place to enjoy the waves.
Although a small fishing village, Saint-Tropez is a glitzy place because of the luxurious villas of the rich and famous around the area. It is still a popular vacation spot for tourists, famous or not. It is not frequented by personalities as it was in past, but there are still occasional visits by celebrities. The beaches in Saint-Tropez are quite distant from the center of town, so it requires transportation for you to get there.
Plage de Tahiti
The nudist beach Plage de Tahiti has a risqué atmosphere, and mostly adheres to a French Polynesian culture, meaning it is a very laid-back place. It still attracts celebrities since the day it became a favourite haunt of Brigitte Bardot. The beach, with its golden sand, is located on the northern end of the 3.5 mile long strip called Pampellone. Restaurants, cafés and concessions shops are available in the area for the convenience of visitors. If you are not that comfortable going topless, bottomless or with nothing on, make sure that you have your most daring bikini with you.
Seventy-nine kilometres from the coast of Valencia, Spain is the third largest among the Balearic Islands, Ibiza. Aside from its beaches, it has become famous for electronic music that originated there and its very vibrant and pulsating nightlife. Ibiza is one big party place, although the Spanish Tourist Office have been trying to promote Ibiza as a family-oriented destination.
Playa d’en Bossa
According to the Spanish Naturist Federation, nudism is a basic right in Spain. And in Ibiza, it is already a common practise. If you come to Playa d’en Bossa, which is the longest beach on the island, located about three kilometres from the capital, you’ll witness hedonism at its best. This is where men and women proudly display their gym-sculpted bodies. Of course, these people want to be seen, so they take great pains to be in tip-top shape, but it does not mean that Playa d’en Bossa is only for people with beautiful bodies. After all, when in Spain, it is part of your rights to be nude.