LivingTravelA Guide to Visiting Nude Beaches in Greece

A Guide to Visiting Nude Beaches in Greece

The sensual beauty of the Greek islands inspires many visitors to explore sunbathing naked for the first time, especially on the beaches of Mykonos, world renowned for naturists. However, if you are new to being naked in public, you may need a little help getting started.

American tourists visiting Europe for the first time are often surprised by their cultural acceptance of partial and full nudity, depending on where they are. If you are planning a trip to Greece and want to experience a nude beach, there are some important etiquette guidelines and tips to keep in mind to ensure that you have a fun and safe trip to a naturist destination.

Greece is home to many nude beaches, so the first step in planning your trip is selecting which beach is right for you. If you are gay, straight, traveling as a family or with someone important, or prefer a beach with mixed culture, there is a destination in Greece suitable for your first experience.

Preparing for your first visit

Once you’ve reached your Greek destination, the first thing you’ll want to do is find a local, perhaps an innkeeper, tavern bartender, or small boat operator, and confirm the beach’s nudity. Some beaches are nude-friendly one year, but require clothing the next, and a new beach may be the last nude beach in the area.

Locals can also point you toward remote coves and nude beaches that can only be accessed by boat; You can usually commission the resident operator to take you there, but remember to pay only half in advance to pick you up again after you are done enjoying the private destination.

However, before you leave, you will need to prepare a few things for your trip. Remember to pack (and apply) plenty of sunscreen and be sure to test it on sensitive areas to make sure no allergic reaction or skin irritation occurs.

You may also want to pack a pair of surf sandals to avoid sea anemones in the water and wear clothes that you can easily put on and take off in case you decide to abandon your nude beach experiment.

Nude beach label

Nudity is not as taboo in European culture as it is in American culture, and there are some important things to keep in mind if this is your first time visiting a beach where nudity and full nudity is allowed.

Whether you are doing a day trip in Santorini or visiting a nude beach near Athens, you should leave your camera in your hotel room or point it only at yourself or a non-human landscape while on the beach. Intrusive photography on a nude beach is always frowned upon, and even in the somewhat more laid-back regions of Greece, nude beach etiquette dictates that camera use should be extremely limited.

Never visit a nude beach just to look, but it is perfectly acceptable to be on a nude beach while wearing clothes. Naturism is all about being comfortable in your skin, so no one will judge you if you prefer to wear the bottom of your bathing suit or a tank top for sunbathing, just make sure you’re not staring at the naked bathers.

Other tips for beginners

Sunbathing naked can be an intimidating experience the first time you do it, especially in public, but people often forget that some parts of the body are not used to seeing as much sun as the rest. As a result, you should only stay an hour or two the first time you try to go naked unless you really trust your sunscreen.

When trying to find a nude beach, keep in mind that beach areas near taverns or other businesses are unlikely to be nudist-friendly. If you visit a beach known for nude sunbathing, but see nothing but bathing suits, keep walking until you find a few naked bathers. The bare sections often start beyond the rock formations that create privacy, and some bare beaches are divided into sections as gay, couples, or families in the same way.

If you rent a small boat to reach a secluded beach accessible only by water, be sure to bring bottled water, snacks, and warm clothing in case the captain is late to pick you up.

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