Vacations are all about letting loose, relaxing, and getting rid of your inhibitions. So is getting naked. Why not do both at once?
Nude beaches are becoming more popular and socially acceptable in America, but Europe is still the best place to find nude beaches as far as the eye can see.
If you’re trying to unwind and relax your entire body underneath the sun, we have the guide for you. Read below to find our choices for the best nude beaches across Europe.
1. Buhne 16 (Sylt, Germany)
Germany’s oldest and still one of the most frequented nude beaches is Buhne 16. Located on the western shore of Sylt Island, just off the northernmost tip of Germany, this nude beach is located a mere stone’s throw from Denmark.
Germany has embraced nudity for longer than most countries, with the FKK (free body culture) movement dating back to the early 1900s. Buhne 16 opened in the 1920’s, and still invites locals and tourists alike to take it all off.
Buhne 16 features beautiful white sand and sprawling dunes, so the scenery extends beyond your company. There are also plenty of chairs peppering the beach, so sit back, relax, and let it all out.
2. Plage de Tahiti (St. Tropez, France)
Plage de Tahiti sits on the French Riviera’s Mediterranean shoreline, an area famous for its white sand and turquoise water. This beach is one of the most beautiful nude beaches on our list, but your eyes might be catching more than just the amazing scenery.
Plage de Tahiti is also an infamously popular beach for spotting celebrities enjoying the freedom from clothing. While the beach isn’t specifically nude, and many locals and naturalists now prefer the nearby nudist colonies, you’ll still find plenty of people out in the buff.
This is St. Tropez, so if you’re looking to escape and relax, this might not be your best option. But if you’re looking to sit in the lap of luxury with your bare buttocks, this is the place for you.
3. Red Beach (Crete, Greece)
The beautiful island of Crete has no shortage of clothing optional beaches, but if you’re looking to escape the crowds and experience something a little different, march your way to the Red Beach.
Getting to Red Beach requires a 20-minute walk down an occasionally rocky path (bring your sandals) or a quick boat ride from Matala Harbor. But once you’re there, the reward is absolutely worth it.
Red Beach derives its name from the beautiful red sand that lines the beach. You’re also surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, all along the beautiful clear blue-green sea that surrounds the island of Crete.
4. Spiagga di Guvano (Corniglia, Italy)
Looking for another nude beach that takes an adventure to get there? Look no further than Spiagga di Guvano. Located near Cinque Terre, a cluster of small cliffside fishing villages, Spiagga di Guvano is no easy adventure.
Cinque Terre has banned automobile traffic, so getting there requires travel via boat or train. But once you’ve arrived, the journey has just begun. Spiagga di Guvano is accessed by traversing an abandoned railway tunnel. Ask a local for help.
Once you’re there, you’re rewarded with warm water, a beautiful pebble beach, and the knowledge that everyone around you worked just as hard to arrive at this oasis.
5. Valalta (Rovinj, Croatia)
Looking for a nude beach that doesn’t require an adventure? We’ve got you covered there too. Valalta is one of the most easily accessible nude beaches on our list, as it’s located on a full naturist campsite.
The facilities at Valalta are out of this world. There’s an open-air pool with a swim-up bar and a water slide. There are plenty of beach chairs and parasols to relax and protect yourself from the sun. There’s even an on-site brewery to enjoy some delicious craft beer in the buff.
The beach itself is also top quality. The 4km long beach is lined with beautiful sand, and features a couple coves at either end. The beach is accessible even if you aren’t staying at the naturist resort, so be sure to check it out.
6. Playa de Ses Illetes (Formentera, Spain)
If you spent the weekend letting loose in Spain’s legendary club hotspot of Ibiza, you might be long overdue for some relaxation in the sun. That’s where Playa de Ses Illetes comes in.
Formentera is just south of Ibiza, and contains a cluster of beaches that are all nude-friendly and covered in beautiful white sand. Any of the beaches are worth a visit, but Playa de Ses Illetes is our favorite.
Take a bus or a boat from Ibiza (there’s no airport in Formentera) and spend the day soaking in the sun and stripping off your clothes and your bad decisions from the previous nights of debauchery.
7. Agesta Beach (Stockholm, Sweden)
Sweden might not seem like a natural place to get au-natural, but Agesta Beach defies the odds. As Stockholm’s only nude beach, Agesta Beach is a great place to unwind and escape the city life.
The beach is located on Lake Magelungen and has plenty of amenities such as food stalls and picnic tables. Be warned however, the water here is not like the warm Mediterranean seas that most of our previous beaches are located on. This is Sweden, and swimming is not for the faint of heart.
Taking Your Trip To The Best Nude Beaches
Now that we’ve enticed you with the best nude beaches that Europe has to offer, you’re probably itching to get over there and take it all off.
If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Europe, you should absolutely look into acquiring a timeshare. With locations all over Europe, it’s the perfect home base for your European nude beach adventure.
Even if you’re looking for something on the opposite side of the globe, we have options everywhere, including the absolutely stunning town of Phuket in Thailand. No matter where your adventure takes you, we’ll have a place for you to call home.