Category Archives: Spain

Nakation News – eDreams Nude Travel Survey

According to the 2011 eDreams Nude Travel survey, nearly one in three customers and Facebook fans from all over Europe have practiced nudism in a public place.

For more info, click here.  Summary points include:

1.  Reasons for sunbathing naked range from:

* It feels natural (60 percent)

* Enjoy the freedom (25 percent)

* Get to know your body (15 percent)

 

2. Popular destinations are:

* Spain

* Balearic Islands

* Canary Islands

* Croatia

 

3.  Most worrying is that 69% of people felt that they were being watched when practicing naturism.

 

What do you make of these findings? Where is your favourite destination? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Nakation News – Mix and Match

The following places are suggested in the Bare Beaches book as the best places to go “if you prefer to strip but your loved ones won’t bare it”.  These beaches have been highlighted due to them having a mix of clothed and unclothed bathers.

1. Playa Mitjorn, Formentera

The Bare Beach book describes this beach as “six miles are largely undeveloped sandy bays with rocky areas for snorkelling [that] have tempted many people into their first experience of bare bathing.  The beach is big enough for everyone and there are beach bars scattered along much of the length.”

The Nakedplaces.net states that, “stretching about 5 kilometers, Playa Mitjorn is the longest beach of Formentera’s southern coast, and there are pockets of nudist and textile use along its entire length.”

  

2. La Grand Plage, Ile d’Oleron, France

The Bare Beaches book describes this beach as “a fabulous open white-sand beach with acres of space and a completely relaxed atmosphere – swimsuited and bare bathers enjoy the peaceful setting in harmony.”

Nakedplaces.net describes the beach as “one of three established nude beaches on Ile d’Oleron, this beach at the southwestern corner of the island has a huge zone where nudity is possible”.

3. Playa Cabopino, Calahonda, Costa del Sol, Spain

The Bare Beaches book describes this beach as “a super biscuit-coloured sand beach, backed by extensive dune and pine trees.  The shore is clothes-optional for up to 700 metres.”

Nakedplaces.net describes this beach as, “known by the name Artola and Cabopino, the beach east of Marbella is backed by a vast field of sand dunes.  Its the most popular nude beach in Málaga and has a notable gay presence.”

4. Corralejo, Fuerteventura

The Bare Beaches book states “the dunes provide a spectacular backdrop to a line of yellow sandy beaches with great views across the bay.  Although popular, there is plenty of space for that away-from-it-all feeling.  You will find a relaxed mix os swimsuited and bare bathers.”

Nakedplaces.net adds “just south of the town of Corralejo in the far northeast of Fuerteventura, Playa de Corralejo is a Saharan landscape of immense sand dunes.  The dunes extend about 8 kilometers.  With the exception of the immediate vicinities of the only two beachfront resorts on the beach, nudity can be practiced anywhere, with most nudists congregating a bit south of the two resorts. This is the most popular beach with nudists of the four locations in the north.”

5. Paradise and Super Paradise, Mykonos

Located near Platis Yialos on the south coast of the island, the Bare Beaches book states “these are two of the most famous bare beaches in the Aegean and even the Mediterranean.  They traditionally attract a lively cosmopolitan crowd.  Perhaps more fairly described as clothing-optional these days, beacuse there’s likely to be a relaxed mix of dressed and undressed visitors.  Super Paradise is also very popular with gay holiday makers.”

Nakedplaces.net adds that “several decades ago when Mykonos first began to gain notoriety for bare bathing, Paradise Beach was the straight nude beach and Super Paradise Beach was the gay nude beach, and to a certain extent those reputations remain, even though the demographics started to shift as far back as the 80’s. Paradise Beach evolved into a mostly textile party beach. Nudity never vanished altogether, but nudists have long been a rather small minority.  Super Paradise has likewise changed, and while one end of the beach is still mostly gay, other segments of the beach are attended by straight nudists and textiles. Elia Beach, the most distant of the five beaches, did not gain prominence until the 90’s, when nudists began to seek a less crowded alternative to Paradise and Super Paradise, but as more and more tourists have continued to flock to Mykonos, Elia did not remain a quiet alternative for long. At one end of Elia, nudists and textiles mingle among the thatched beach umbrellas, and there is also a tiny, separate micro-cove just around the bend that is more or less an all-gay nudist haunt.”

The fantastic Cap n Barefoot adds that “Mykonos was once a nudists’ paradise. It is now chancy to say the least. It’s a lively island, well known for many years as a meeting place for the gay community. The inflow of more and more textiles means that if naturism is your priority it is hard to recommend Mykonos these days, particularly in high season”

If any of you have been to one of these beaches please get in tough and let us know what you think.  If any of you have stayed in any nudist friendly properties that are close to these beaches we would particularly love to hear from you!

Nakation News – Turn up, strip off!

Gone are the days when you had to trek for half a day to find a secret bare beach.  The fantastic Bare Beaches book provides 5 beaches where you won’t sweat getting to:

La Grande Cote, near Royan, France

The Bare Beaches book describes the beach as an “attractive sandy beach popular with families because it is more sheltered and has easy access.  Acres of fine light golden sand slope gently into the sea, making it good for skinny dipping in calm weather.  The is a sandwich bar serving refreshments on this official bare beach.”

The Nakedplaces.net website refers to the beach as “easily accessible and popular beach [that] draws a mix of nudists and textiles.  Although quite spacious, it is more densely populated than nearby Plage de la Côte Sauvage and requires less effort to reach.”

Playa los Tusales, Costa Blanca, Spain

Click here for more details

Haulover Beach, Florida, USA

The Bare Beaches book describes the beach as “situated in the south of the ‘sunshine state’, this officially bare sandy beach set in the regional park has a huge following of regular visitors from across the globe.  The bare area is more than 800 yards long and has it’s own lifeguard lookout posts.  Refreshments are on sale, sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire.  Toilets are located directly behind the beach.  The cosmopolitan crowd here often hold impromptu barbecues and at weekends there’s a particularly lively atmosphere.”

 

Vera Playa, Costa de Almeria

The Bare Beaches states that “this is Spain’s capital of nudism.  A long wide beach with a big choice of naturist accommodation nest to it.  Great for au natural sunning, walking and skinny dipping.”

The Nakedplaces website states that the formal name of the beach at Vera Playa is Playa del Playazo.

 

 

Sougia, Crete

The Bare Beaches book states that “this beach could not be easier to find.  Bare bathing is popular and commonplace immediately to the east of Sougia town.  The water is excellent for swimming and snorkelling, with safe natural rock pools for children.  The beach is small pebbles, fine enough to make it comfortable for sunbathing.  There is a happy mix of dress and undress on the beach, although the nude bathers often comfortably outnumber the clothed ones.  Further east beyond a rock, is a more secluded area with springs and caves to explore.”

 

Do you know of any other nude beaches that are easy to get to? If so, we would love to hear from you!

If any of you have been to these beaches of have stayed in any nudist friendly properties that are close to these please let us know.  I definitely fancy a trip to Sougia this year!

Nakation News – Best Nudist Beaches in Spain

Holidayresources.com have listed their top 15 nude beaches in Spain.  Heres a guide to top 11 on mainland Spain:

1. La Mar Bella, Barcelona

Click here for mynakation blog on this beach.

2. Waikiki or Cala Fonda, La Mora, Tarragona

The Bare Beaches book provides the following information on this beach:

“Not one but a couple of pretty naturist coves go by the names of Cala de la Roca Plana and Cala Fonda – often simply referred to as Waikiki.  They are off the beaten track and attract a lively young crowd.  The unspoilt little bays are backed by pinewoods and have great swimming but no lifeguard.  Some buff bathers use the yellow mud on the cliff as a skin toning treatment.  Take your own refreshments and sun shade.

The coves are between Platja Llarga and La Mora.  Take the N340 east out of Tarragona, and in a short distance (near km marker 1168) turn right for Punta de la Mora and follow the signs to Camping Torre de la Mora.  From the approach to the campsite a footpath strikes off to the right, up into the woods and has small guiding arrows.  During the summer months simply follow the other visitors.  The walk to the first cove (Cala de la Roca Plana) is almost a mile.  Cala Fonda is just beyond”.

See link for location of the beach

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3. Platgetes de Bellver (Castellon), Valencia

This beach is located to the north of Benicassim.  The official tourist website for Valencia states the following:

After the yacht port, a craggy and woody coast follows, where small and inaccessible creeks can be found before arriving in the zone known as Platgetes. These are two closed creeks located in a quiet residential area consisting of single-family houses and villas. There is a nudism area situated near the rail-way of Oropesa.

4. Playa los Tusales, La Marina, Guardamar

The Bare Beaches book provides the following information on this beach:

“A pale sandy beach backed by dunes and pinewoods near La Marina.  Popular with families, this delightfully unspoilt beach has more than 2km for naked bathing – room for everyone to find their own space.

To get to the beach drive south from Alicante through Santa Pola on the N332 to La Marina.  Turn left down the lane next to Camping Internacional and after 1.5km at the car park turn right.  From the end of the car park, south to the river Segura, the beach is au natural,”

See link below for map of beach

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5.  Calblanque National Park

Click here and here for my blog on recent visits to Playa Negrete.

6.  Playa de Monsul, Almeria

Click here for more information.

7.  Canos de Meca, Barbate

The Bare Beaches book provides the following information:

“This is a picturesque and popular golden sandy beach backed by natural low cliffs on the edge of the Brena Natural Park.  The traditionally nude beach has a friendly atmosphere and is popular with young people.

To get to the beach drive south through the village of Canos de Meca to the end of the road by the Hostal Mar Frente.  A path and steps lead down to the beach in less than two minutes.”

See link for map of beach

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8.  Con do Corvo, Pontevedra

9.  Playa de Combouzas, La Coruna

The Bare Beaches book provides the following information:

This lovely unspoilt white sand Galician bay is a favourite with local naturist, attracting upwards of 500 naked bathers in the summer.  This official nudist location has lifeguards, a beach bar, showers and toilets.”

10.  Penarrubia, Gijon

11.  Playa de los Nudistas (el Arenal), Cantabria

If any of you have been to any of these beaches then please let us know your thoughts.

I’d love to go to all of these next summer so I anyone can recommend any nudist-friendly properties that are close to these beaches please get in touch!

 

Nakation News – TripAdvisor lists top 5 naked events

Plan your naked year, with TripAdvisor’s list of their top 5 naked events including:

January

Nude Beach Olympics – Maslin Beach, Australia.  Click here for the website of the Southern United Naturists who organise the nude Olympics.

June and July

World Naked Bike Ride – Worldwide.  Click here for more information

July

AANR World Record Skinny Dip – Across North America.  Click here for more information.  Click here for some quality photographs of an event at Haulover Beach

Running of the Nudes – Pamplona, Spain.  For more information click here.

August – September

Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada.  Click here for more information.

I’ve not been to any of these but would love to go to Burning Man.  if any of you have been to these events or can recommend any others, we’d love to hear from you!

Nakation news – Orange release list of world’s best nudist beaches

Orange have released a list of the world’s best nudist beaches on their holiday ideas website.

Oddly there are only three beaches listed! Anyway, I thought I’d give you some information on them.

Cala San Pedro, Cabo de Gata, Spain

The beach is listed in the Bare Beaches book as a beach for adventurous naturists.  The beach can only be reached by boat or a longish walk.  It is now home to a small hippy community – peace and tolerance existing far from a materialistic world.

Location

Access is along the coastal trail GR92 heading north from the small town of Las Negras (approximately 5km walk).   The dramatic scenery enroute is amazing and frequently resembles a lunar landscape plunging into the Mediterranean.

Photos

I’ve not been to this beach so if any of you have, we’d love to hear from you.  If any of you have stayed in any nudist friendly properties in the area, let us know!

The other two beaches listed are: i) Cap d’Agde, France and ii) Wreck Beach, Canada.

Nakation News – El Portus

I came across this article on another first-time experience, this time to El Portus.

Accompanying a friend, Jane Cornwall shares with us her experience of going naked for the first at the wonderful Camping Naturista El Portus.  Click here for the full article.

It is good to know that Jane was willing to give naturism a try and I particularly like the contrast between these two sentences:

“As I sit there, conspicuous in my bikini bottoms, I realise they are simply that – bodies. There is nothing erotic or pervy about it. The atmosphere is laid-back, friendly and overwhelmingly democratic”

Followed by:

“A week in, I sit on our porch and watch our new neighbours arrive. ‘Hola!’ I say, liberated from clothes and inhibitions. ‘How’s that for a view?’”

Click here for my review of this perfect place – Spain May 2010.

If any of you have stayed here, we’d love to hear you thoughts.

Nakation News – Playa de Salvaje

Good article here about one couple’s first time experience of going naked on a beach.

See article here.

The beach in question is Barinatxe Beach, Sopelana, Spain.  However, it is also known as Playa de Salvaje.

According to nakedplaces.net, this beach draws a large crowd of both clad and unclad visitors.  Nudists tend to use one end of the beach, but even on crowded days there are often a few nudists interspersed among the textiles on the central part of the beach.  Of all the nude beaches near Bilbao, this one is the most popular.

Directions

The beach is located to the north of Bilbao, close to Sopelana.

Photos

The beach is also the location of the annual 5000km nude race.  See here for more information.  It doesn’t look like the website is updated that much!

If any of you have been to this beach or even participated in the nude race, we’d love to here from you.

If any of you have stayed in nudist friendly property in this area, please let us know!

Spain – May 2011 (Post 2)

Playa del Moraig

The second beach we went to was Playa del Moraig.

We called in here on the way back from Playa del Ambolo so spent an hour or so at the end of the day.

Directions

The beach is located in Cumbre del Sol, just south of Benitachell.  Getting to beach from the Ap7 and the N332 is fairly straightforward.  Drive through Benissa, Teulada and Benitachell.  At some point you’ll see signs for Cumbre del Sol.  It appeared to be a large holiday park type of place.  Follow the signs for the beach.  The road takes you down to the beach and the car park.  There is a small shop, bar and toilets.

Review

The beach is naturist at the far end with about 15 -20 enjoying this end of the beach in the nude.

The beach is a quite pebbly so we would recommend you take something comfy to sit on.

As it was the end of the day, the sun was losing it’s heat but was still a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.

If you are in this part of the world we would recommend Playa del Ambolo instead but it is still a nice and attractive beach.

If any of you have been to this beach let us know.  Again, if any of you know of any nudist friendly properties in the area we would love to hear from you!

Spain – May 2011 (Part 1)

This is the start of 3 blogs on our recent week on the Spanish Costa Blanca.  Given we stayed at the same place, we were keen to explore new beaches – this did mean more time spent driving up and down the AP7 and N332 – but was worth it.

A beach we visited for the first time was Playa El Ambolo.

Playa El Ambolo, Jávea (Xàbia)

Directions

Getting to the beach was a little difficult (due to the Spaniards fondness for lack of road signs!) but essentially you need to get out of Javea on the CV742.  The beach is located south of Cabo de la Nao and in front of the Descubridor Island.

You can park you car at the top of the access road at the back of some residential properties.  Due to rock falls you cannot drive down as close to the beach as you could have done previously.  Keep clear from the steep sides as well.  Walk down the steep track and on your left are wooden steps leading you down to the beach.

Review

The beach is picture perfect and located in a beautiful spot.  There are some gorgeous houses on the cliff and we were very jealous of the people living there – what must people do to afford a place like that?!

The beach is very rocky with large pebbles.  We made the mistake of not taking anything inflatable to lie on – big mistake! There were small areas of sand but these were already taken by other beach users.

All beach users were naked and was fairly mixed – one young family, few couples and one or two single men.

Sadly. the sea was quite rough when we were there so I cannot comment on the snorkeling although as we were leaving 3 lads had arrived to go scuba diving and the beach is mentioned on various websites so it must be good.

There was some talk on the beach that someone was trying to break into people’s cars so be warned that this may be a regular problem.  I walked up the steep road back the car to check but saw nothing.  At least it was good to know that people were looking out for each other!

Overall we would recommend this beach if you are in this part of the world.

If any of you have been to this beach we would love to hear your views.

If any of you have stayed in any nudist friendly properties in the Javea area let us know!