Getting away from it all and chilling out, sometimes means leaving all your worries behind. What about leaving your luggage at home too? Just remember the swimwear, wetsuit, sarong – and of course the high factor sun lotion.
Go naked, visit some of the naturist beaches in Spain and experience a holiday with a difference…here’s a quick tour of the 10 best nudist beaches around Spain.
Dreaming of Summer
Okay, I agree this time of year may not be quite right for a beach, let alone a nudist beach, but surely this is the best time to book your summer holiday – and then again there are always the Canary Islands, which are perfect all year round. Spain has a wealth of nudist or naturist beaches where you can tan all over, so let’s have a look at ten of them – no close up shots… please!
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1. Tenerife – Playa La Tejita
Let’s start with the warmer ones in winter. The resort of El Médano is on the island of Tenerife, part of the wonderful Canary Islands. A surfers paradise and a pretty cool resort not only due to the bracing winds but also the bohemian crowd that gather here, it’s got surf, sand and sunshine.
Walk around the sand dunes from the main beach of El Médano heading for Red Mountain – Montaña Roja – and stroll the pleasant walk at the base of the mountain. You’ll come to Playa La Tejita, where a cove at one end is given over entirely to those that like to travel a little lighter.
2. Tenerife – Playa de la Pelada
Sticking with the sunshine island of Tenerife, and a more sheltered and popular nudist beach – also close to the resort of El Médano. Playa de la Pelada is both sheltered and perfectly private, a bit of a scramble down over the rocks means that anyone here will be aiming specifically for it, so it’s not overrun with passers by, or curious sightseeing crowds. As the name suggests, you can ‘peel’ off here in peace!
3. Almeria – Cabo de Gata and San José
Almeria makes a magnificent break, visit the city for a long weekend, take a trip and see the other locations close to it. But if want to find a naturist enclave, then the Cabo de Gata is the place to head for.
There are more than one, but San José and it’s Cala de los Amarillos is hard to beat. Clear crystalline waters, fine sand and sunshine. Cala Carbón is another popular nudist haunt, in fact it’s mixed, clothed and non clothed – but it is also stony too, and they can be sharp so be careful where you park your posterior.
4. Cadiz – Faro de Trafalgar
Cadiz is a wonderful city, it leaves you with a feeling of sailing away, the city is so placed that it’s almost like a big cruise ship. You don’t need sea legs though, to visit the beach at Faro de Trafalgar. The wind can be a little forceful here, so the clothes optional rule may be welcome. There are also strong currents here, so be careful if you have the kids with you.
5. Marbella – Cabo Pino
Extending along the Dunas de Artola, Cabo Pino or also known as Atola beach is a well known and pleasant nudist beach, close to Marbella. Known for it’s jet-set and designer boutiques, you’ll have to be content with a designer towel here as you mingle with the mostly young and fashionable crowd.
6. Gran Canaria – Maspalomas beach
Back to the warm and wonderful Canary Islands, this time Gran Canaria and the beach at Maspalomas. These sand dunes and miles of desert sand are a must see anyway, you’ll feel as though you are in the middle of the Sahara desert. Between the Maspalomas lighthouse and the resort of Playa del Ingles you’ll find the nudist section.
7. Tarragona – Playa de El Torn
A large, long, popular and well known beach, Playa de El Torn is in Tarragona, just along the coast from the vibrant city of Barcelona. Again it’s clothing optional, but naturist is more common. Moderate waves and a gravel rather than sand base doesn’t put off the hundreds of people who flock here every year.
8. Sitges – Cala de Home Mort
Staying up North, Sitges has long been the Gay capital of Spain. Gay and lesbian festivals, bars and marches get a mention during much of the calendar, and it’s also a hot spot for beaches which are both gay friendly and nudist friendly too.
Cala de Home Mort is just one of these, there are more if you explore the coastline. Most of the beaches here are clothing optional anyway.
9. Mallorca – El Trenc
Blue, blue sea, Fine white sand. Calm waters. A frame of quiet sand dunes. You’ve reached El Trenc, the most famous nudist beach on the island of Mallorca. Two kilometres of that soft sand stretches out to reach the never ending sea views.
Mallorca is a must visit destination for so many reasons, make it yours this year.
10. Granada – La Herradura
Granada? You don’t tend to think of a beach when your mind is filled with imagery of the Alhambra, mountains and ski resorts. But take a trip down to the coast of Granada, the Costa Tropical, and you’ll find plenty of beaches, often un-crowded, quiet, and quite Spanish. La Herradura – the Horseshoe for it’ s shape – is close to the better known Almuñécar on the Costa Tropical. Cantarriján is the naturist beach and it’s set off just West of the resort of La Herradura. Two delightful side-by-side beaches, protected and sheltered, offer you the choice of nude or not, and you won’t be disappointed with the location.
That’s it – 10 of the best naturist or nudist beaches for you to visit when you next take that longed for trip to sunny Spain – and with less weight in the luggage, of course!