Greece has some of the world's most spectacular beaches. With the white sand and crystal-clear waters across a backdrop of beautiful buildings, it's no wonder that tourists flock to these beaches year after year. Once there, behaving according to local custom on those beaches is important for all travelers.
The country is known for its clothing-optional bathing areas, although almost all of them are not official nude beaches. Mykonos, which was one of the first islands to be discovered by tourists, attracted hippies and naturists, and continues to be a favorite of those looking for a holiday in the sun au naturel. There are no official nude beaches, but a few do usually have a considerable number of nude sunbathers, usually concentrated on one side of the beach, away from the bars and sunbeds, and usually fewer in number during the most crowded days of July and August, especially on weekends.
By deTraci Regula. While in practice any secluded stretch of Greek sand can be used as a nude beach, some beaches are more nude-friendly than others. Even if you've never been to a nude beach before, you'll find that the sea, the sun, and incredible natural beauty of Greece makes it easier to go au naturel.
I have done a few searches but am coming up blank on this. Me and my wife are looking for a nice half board hotel on any Greek Island or indeed Croatia that would also have a naturist area or naturist pool for all over sunbathing? We don't know if one actually exists! We have seen lots in the Canary Islands, such as the Hotel Club Jandia Princess, where they have a designated nude sunbathing area and pool, but as of yet not closer to home!
N aked people of varying ages and shapes sit conversing underneath shades made from white bed sheets and bamboo sticks, the only shelter from the heat. A dry wind sweeps across the beach, and the shades blow back and forth. An Australian man, wearing nothing but a sunhat, asks if anyone fancies a game of boccia, and immediately the most competitive Italian on the beach jumps up, excited at the prospect of winning the much-coveted prize: rice pudding.
After concluding the exploration of naturist beaches in Greek islands in part 8 of our series, naturist beaches in Cypruswe proceed to Greek mainland. Greece is a relatively vast area and to ensure we examine all of mainland comprehensively, we shall look at naturist beaches in one half of Greece in this post and the other half in our next post. Part 9 indulges naturists with the best of naturism in Peloponnese, Attica, Evia and Central Greece as part 10 takes care of the rest of Greek mainland.
Most of the beaches on Crete you could say are topless beaches. Many women choose to go topless when sunbathing on even the most popular and sometimes crowded beaches of the Greek Islands. And Crete is no exception.
As you may have already noticed in my guide I dedicate a special part to every island's beaches so that you know what to expect when you finally visit one of these islands or to make up your mind on which places to visit if your decision is based upon this issue. It is a fact that Greek beaches are famous all around the world for the clarity, cleanliness and impressiveness of their waters' colors and many tourists come in Greece for snorkeling and diving apart from swimming since the bottom of the sea presents an interest that urges you to explore it. Beaches vary from place to place.
Andros, the most Northerly of the Cyclades is a short hop across from Athens. Known as the Island of sea-farers it has a variety of differing aspects worth seeking out. Athenians visit Andros at weekends as a place to get away from the hubbub and smoke.