While topless sunbathing can be found almost everywhere in Greece, true nude beaches are a little harder to find. Greece has an abundance of bare sand beaches, some much barer and better than others.
Nude swimming, otherwise known as “skinny dipping” or “naturism,” is a controversial practice and a way of life that definitely does not appeal to everyone’s taste.
However, it is a widespread trend which actually aims at bringing human beings in closer contact with nature and it seems to be attracting more and more people eager to realize “the non-vulgar and non-sexual nudity experience,” as its enthusiasts describe it.
If you have never been to a nude beach before, you will probably not be able to fully understand the mentality behind it. It is not about offending anyone, especially those who insist on wearing their swimsuits while enjoying their time at the seashore, but rather about the personal sensation of getting in touch with the forces of nature without any barriers between you and them.
Well, if you ever wish to give it a shot, here are some of the best places to be naked in Greece.
Banana Beach on Skiathos: Famed beach for both nude and non-nude sunbathers, this stretch of pebbles enchants visitors and fresh spring water attracts long-term visitors.
Red Beach, Crete: Crete ranks first in offering sandy beaches to people wishing to live outside the standardized moral rules of modern society. Located in southern Crete and some 25 minutes away from Matala, Red Beach is hidden behind a rocky hill and a fence and provides a little heaven for naked swimmers. Tranquil and isolated, you need to take your own towel and provisions when going there for a swim in the hot summer season.
Paradise and Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos: Mykonos is mostly known for its 24-hour-long partying, but nudists can as well enjoy their dives next to their fancy cocktails. One of the oldest naturist-friendly beaches in Greece, yet overcrowded offers a cheap summer solution because of the nearby camping site.
Ai Giannis Beach, Mykonos : A famous (and somewhat nude) beach on Mykonos island, where the movie Shirley Valentine was shot.
Kastelia beach, Karpathos: Though conservative locals are appalled, there is a nude beach on Karpathos as well. It is known as Kastellia and is located just beyond the popular pair of beaches known as Micra and Megali Amopi. A bus from Pigadia will take you to the Amopi beaches.
Finally, Psaraliki Beach, Antiparos: Psaraliki consists of two beaches, Psaraliki I and II. The second beach gathers fewer people during the summer season, making it the ideal place for nudists. Despite the stony beach, non-nudists also visit Psaraliki II to relax.