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Best Nude Beaches in Greece

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Plaka beach on Naxos. Credit: Carlo Pelagalli/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Greece is a country that appeals to almost any traveler, from its towering seaside cliffs to its nearly countless pristine beaches. It is also favored by naturists who want to feel free to be sunbathe and swim in the nude.

Greece actually has too many nude beaches to count, with travelers knowing that if they desire that experience, they are never too far away from a nudist beach anywhere in the country.

It is not an uncommon sight for women to sunbathe topless, even at conventional beaches in Greece, which is emblematic of the free-spirited nature of the country. Here we have collected some of the best spots for nude bathing all across the nation.

Limanakia, Vouliagmeni, Athens

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People swimming off the coast of Vouliagmeni, Athens. Credit: lekatsas/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

One of the most well-known nudist beaches in the Athens area is Limanakia beach in Vouliagmeni, a suburb of Athens. The beach is only accessible by foot but is very well linked by public transport, making it only about an hour away from the city center even without a car.

These beaches are rocky and people need to scale a fairly rickety set of stairs, but the light-hearted atmosphere and crystal-clear waters of Vouliagmeni make this beach worth the trek.

Plaka Beach, Naxos

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Plaka Beach on Naxos is the perfect place for sunbathing and swimming in the nude. Credit: Carlo Pelagalli/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

This spot, located on the beautiful island of Naxos, has been given the distinction of being widely regarded as one of the best nude beaches for swimming and sunbathing in Greece.

The stunning white sands combined with turquoise waters make Plaka an idyllic escape from the real world. The nude beach portion of the long stretch can be found at the southern end of the shore.

Glyfada Beach, Corfu

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The very popular Glyfada Beach on Corfu. Credit: dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

This nude beach is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. Found on the west side of the island of Corfu, this spot’s claim to fame is the soft sand which lines the coast, which is a welcome contrast to Corfu’s usual pebble beaches.

This beach is generally very busy and family oriented, and parts of it are organized, with amenities such as beach chairs, water sports and refreshments.

Red Beach, Crete

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The striking contrast of jade-colored waters and orange-red sands on Crete. Credit: Anna.Tsolidou/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the nude beaches in Greece which acted as a mecca for hippies in the 1960s and 70s, Red Beach has continued that tradition up to the present day. It can be found near Matala Beach on Crete island and is therefore often referred to as Matala Red beach, despite them being two distinct areas.

The stunning reddish sands of this secluded shoreline make it stand out from other options for nudist bathing. It has the feel of being a secret slice of paradise as it is a 20 minute walk from just about anything, and is well worth a visit!

Paradise Beach, Mykonos

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Seating on Paradise Beach, Mykonos. Credit: United States Marine Corps/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The nude beach called Paradise is a lovely place to lounge on Mykonos island, Greece. The beach is stunningly beautiful, and naturally it offers enough nightlife and special events to keep anyone busy!

Dogs are allowed on this beach and patrons can hop from beach bar to beach bar on this long stretch of beautiful sands.

Agiofarago Beach, Crete

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The unique rock formations around Agiofarago Beach, Crete. Credit: Nikolaos Alexopoulos/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

This Greek nude beach is hard to get to but worth the effort. Found at the bottom of the Agiofarago Gorge in Crete, those who want to visit it need to put some work in to reach it.

However, this beach boasts great rewards for those who make  the trek, as it has dazzlingly blue waters and is great for swimming. The cliffs nearby are perfect for exploring as well, making this beach good for all different types of adventurers.

It is clear that Greece is world renowned for its nude beaches — no surprise considering its nearly endless array of beaches of all types. For those interested, the nation has a plethora of options, making it perfect for a more “natural” vacation!

World naturist bathing map

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A global guide to topless and nude sunbathing. Credit: Pour Moi swimsuit company website.

A British swimsuit company named Pour Moi has now created a global map for naturists to know where nude bathing is legal — or at least tolerated.

Countries which are rated Green view topless or nude sunbathing as perfectly legal and acceptable, and there are specific nude beaches for those who wish to partake of this pastime. Greece, which is part of this classification, is particularly friendly to nudists, often called naturists.

An Amber color signifies countries whose stance towards nudism is slightly more ambiguous. In these nations, public nudity is generally disallowed, but there are specific contexts and beaches where it does happen and is accepted. Cyprus falls into this category of countries.

Red countries do not allow public nudity at all and bathing naked would be considered illegal and entirely unacceptable. Ireland is one of the few European countries which takes this stance on nude sunbathing and swimming.

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