With the hope of being closely connected to nature, more and more naturists have started to indulge in skinny-dipping. While the practice is highly frowned upon in countries all around the world, the Europeans are known for their more relaxed and tolerant attitudes making the continent a haven for sun-starved flesh. So take your adventurous mode a notch up and visit one of these naturist shores, the nude beaches of Europe to work that tan.
10. Zlatni Rat Bol, Croatia
Arguably one of thebest beaches in Europe
, Croatia’s Zlatni Rat is very popular among Dutch and German holidaymakers who take inspiration from Adam and Eve. Many a time referred as Golden Horn, the beach is known to change its shape owing to the tides and winds, thus making it the most photographed beach in Croatia. Let nature take control while you enjoy swimming in the turquoise waters or bask in the sun looking forward to a full body tan. While you’re there enjoy day trips to the islands of Cres, Jerolim or Palmizana among others.
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9. Red Beach Crete, Greece
A fairly steep walk or a ferry ride will take you to the Red beach, which has its colourful history attached to both hippies and nudists. The beach is steadfastly nudist-friendly but the most unsheathed bodies are found up north near the rock carvings of ancient Egyptian and Minoan shapes. We recommend: lazing under the sun and check out the eye candy, all while sipping on the great kanaladas served by the local sunbed rentals.
8. Playa d’en Bossa Ibiza, Spain
The party central of the world, Ibiza is known for its unspoiled shores, crystal waters and debauched bars; Playa d’en Bossa is all of that and more. The longest beach in Ibiza, it’s lined with bars and lounges offering everything from a family-friendly beach experience to the ultimate party hopping dancing abodes. If you’re worried how a family beach can accept the uncovered bodies, you have to visit the Playa d’en Bossa to believe how cool they are about it. The place is known for taking it all off and how!
7. Guvano Beach Corniglia, Italy
Imagine taking a long walk in an abandoned tunnel and reaching one of the best beaches in the world on the other side. This fragment of your imagination can come true when you visit the Guvano Beach. A great escape from tourists, the beach is a retreat for people who like to let it all slip. The pebbly beach invites you to lay nude on your sarong while you let the sun work on your natural bronze.
6. Playa de los Muertos Almeria, Spain
The name of the Beach when translated to English means, 'Beach of the Dead' but don’t let that stop you from visiting this nudist haven. Erratically shaped volcanic cliffs, deep turquoise waters, and the white gravel beach make it impeccable for sunbathing in the nude. The beach is relatively empty with close to no facilities but is flocked by naturists from all over the world during the peak season. After you’ve had your stripe-less tan, we recommend you take a guided tour to Cuevas de Sorbas, a natural wonder of Karst rock formations.
5. Filaki Beach Crete, Greece
Filaki takes pride in being known as the only official nude beach in Crete and is must-visit for every nudist traveller. An overhanging cliff shelters it enough to be private, and unlike the soft sand of the Caribbean shores, here you’ll find small pebbles to lie on. It’s easy to find yourself an umbrella and a sun bed and spend time lolling in the sun and ordering goodies from the snack bar, making the vacation
If the beach itself isn’t nude enough, head to the nearby Vritomartis Naturist Resort and you might bump into some.
4. Wenningstedt-Braderup Beach Sylt, Germany
Popularly known for foreshadowing Germany’s ‘Free Body Culture’ movement (FKK), the Wenningstedt-Braderup Beach is must visit beach for the bare body lovers. It’s wide and spacious with white sands and azure waters make you want to let is all lose; make you want to let it fly. Extremely tolerant and a perfect spot for sunbathing; Wenningstedt-Braderup falls nothing short of an excellent experience. While you’re not skinny-dipping at the beach visit the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, very popular for long tideland walks.
3. Ilha Deserta Olhao, Portugal
Take a 30-minute water taxi ride and arrive Ilha Deserta one of Portugal’s most tranquil experiences. If it’s your first time shedding, this almost uninhabited beach featuring just one restaurant and a few tourists should be your seamless choice. It’s easy to find a clean beautiful spot, with lots of elbow room for you to relax and enjoy the experience. If you visit with your friends, Jamanta party boats are up for hire and can accommodate up to 200 people.
2. Agesta Beach Stockholm, Sweden
The official nude beach of Stockholm, Agesta is a popular destination among naturist locals and travellers alike. The beach is known to offer more than just the freedom to be clothes-free, various amenities like barbeque areas, picnic tables and play areas. Nudity is a part of Sweden’s lifestyle and nudists enjoy their time here with their family and friends. You can take the Stockholm buses that reach this government-run beach or drive from the city and follow signs and on many occasions naked people to reach the precise hotspot.
1. Plage de Tahiti St. Tropez, France
Ever since Ursula Andress sashayed around this place in her teensy bikini back in the 50’s, St. Tropez has attracted many who are most comfortable in their birthday suit. Post-card suitable landscapes and pleasant waves teamed with several bars and enough umbrellas shading some perfectly browned bodies is what makes Plage de Tahiti extremely popular among commons and celebs alike.
In Europe, being on a nude beach means ‘I feel comfortable with my body,’ not ‘I’m here for a hook-up’ so remember, no matter on which beach you land, whether on fluke or intentionally, don’t behave crass and rude. Which means no taking pictures of people, no pointing, giggling or laughing and NO FLIRTING.
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