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Why would you go nude on that much-needed holiday? If you’re a naturist, you’ll know the answer; but if you’re not, it can seem like a daunting prospect. Needless to say, going nude on holiday isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; but the fact is, it’s becoming more popular by the year. Our European neighbours across the pond may seem better at baring all than us Brits (I’m placing my bets on the climate difference…), but there’s nothing stopping you from trying your first naturist break. Brave the elements, and you’ll reap the benefits.
My first tentative taste of naturism was an offensively breezy experience in Oslo. After hopping aboard the local ferry and alighting at Bygdøy Peninsula, I stripped down next to the freezing waters of Huk Nude Beach. It was cold, windy and really rather odd; but for all that, it’s an experience I’ll not soon forget. Of course, it’s not just sandy stretches that allow you to bare all: there are parks and forests, shops and resorts where it’s the norm. Not up to scratch on your naturist knowledge? Simply read on for our recommendations of Europe’s best naturist destinations, and browse our top tips.
Nudist holidays in Heraklion, Crete
Though Crete doesn’t necessarily have nudist-only beaches, there are many swathes where naturism’s accepted. The South Coast seems to host the most, shaded by pretty tamarisk trees, which—with temperatures between 30 and 35°C in July and August—are welcomed. The village of Tertsa is particularly beautiful: a small settlement sitting in a verdant valley, it has a lovely pebble beach with clear turquoise waters, and its isolation makes it wonderfully uncrowded—though you will need to hire a car to reach it. Alternately, head west of Lentas for Ditiko Beach, where you can sit and sun yourself under its enormous lion-shaped rock.
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Nudist holidays in South Dalmatia, Croatia
Croatia is one of the world’s most naturist-friendly destinations; and, considering its first nudist beach was opened in 1934, it’s not hard to see why. Summer’s the best time to visit: temperatures top 28°C, though the waters stay warm right through September. While there are dozens of official naturist swathes, most have naturist sections, so you don’t have to look too hard: simply seek out the ‘FKK’ sign (it stands for Freikörperkultur, the German phrase for Free Body Culture). A great bet is the city of Dubrovnik: the Isle of Lokrum and the fishing village of Mlini are just two places to enjoy naturist beaches within a ten-mile radius.
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Nudist holidays in Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Playa Es Trenc is often lauded as Mallorca’s finest naturist beach, and with good reason: this three-kilometre long stretch of soft, white sand is lapped by crystal-clear waters and backed by enormous sand dunes. Yet Playa del Mago—a small, pretty cove—was the first official nudist beach on the Balearic Island, and Es Pregons Grans is possibly the most unspoiled of them all: only reachable via a 15-minute walk from Es Trenc, its waters and sands are breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, these are all situated in the south of the island; the north and east also offer some fantastic shores where you can strip off and cool down.
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Nudist holidays in Languedoc Roussillon, France
Some two million naturists venture to France every year: it’s undoubtedly the Daddy of nudist destinations. Of course, it’s the south of France that has the best of everything—the beaches, the weather, the effortless sophistication—and Languedoc Roussillon is the pearl of the Mediterranean. While Cap d’Agde has often been championed as the best spot here (you can eat, shop and even bank nude in its Naturist Village), the Ile du Levant is unrivalled in beauty. A spectacular island, it boasts an expansive area called Héliopolis where naturism’s the norm. Built back in 1931, its hiking trails and blissful shores take up almost a tenth of the entire isle.
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Nudist holidays in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Fuerteventura offers the most nudist-friendly beaches in the Canaries, and at just 60 kilometres off the African coast, it’s a natural paradise in all senses of the word. The Jandía Playa area is possibly the best spot for beaches, with nudists and non-nudists mixing freely on its shores. In Fuerteventura, there aren’t strictly nudist-only beaches: bikinis and bottoms are spotted amidst those choosing to bare all. The extensive golden stretch of Morro Jable, interrupted only by clusters of rocks, is particularly wonderful; but the secluded coves around Costa Calma are typically less crowded.
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Codes of naturist conduct tend to vary from country to country, so it’s always worth doing your research before you decide to take the plunge. Generally, however, there are a few things to keep in mind when visiting a naturist destination; especially if it's your first time. Make sure never to stare at others, don’t take photographs without permission, ensure to report any inappropriate behaviour, and keep yourself covered up (with suncream!). Other than that, enjoy: simply type 'naturism' into our search bar to find appropriate destinations.Pet Friendly HolidaysRomantic Breaks in the UKDisabled Holidays