The Best Nudist Beaches in the Balearic Islands

There is no shortage of nudist beaches in Spain, especially off the coast on the Balearic Islands. With the beautiful weather and a relatively easy-going culture, many travelers of the "clothing-optional" variety seek out Spain's beaches as a holiday destination.

The Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca, and Formentera feature some of the most popular beach destinations in Spain, most of which are nudist beaches.

However, as with visiting any beach, do your research before you plan your trip as not all beaches have the same rules, and some may be more secluded than others. Depending on how keen you are to strip down in front of others, knowing which beaches offer the best in nude sunbathing is important.

Keep in mind that beaches are the only place where clothing is legally optional in the country. However, many Spaniards and naturists from around the world participate in the annual protest of the Running of the Bulls called the Pamplona Running of the Nudes, and some naturists even enjoy nude bike riding.

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    Just a 10-minute drive from Playa d'en Bossa and relatively close to the Ibiza airport on the southern coast of the island, Sa Caleta Beach is a relatively secluded red cliff-lined beach that also features one of the best paella restaurants on the Balearic Islands. If you're looking to eat at the Sa Caleta Restaurant, book your table in advance, and if you really want to enjoy a full day at the beach, get there early as this small, private beach fills up quickly, especially in the summer.

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    Also known as Aguas Blancas, Playa Aigues Blanques on the northeast coast of Ibiza is one of the most popular nude beaches to catch the sunrise and start your day of sunbathing. Located near Cala de Sant Vicent, this beach is relatively secluded and protected by cliffs, which produces a red dirt can be used as a full-body exfoliant. Just a 10-minute drive from San Carlos where you can enjoy great Spanish food at Restaurante Cima del Mar, this beach makes for a perfect day-trip on the island.

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    Platja des Cavellet is located on a stretch of land on the southern coast of Ibiza near Ibiza Town and has spectacular views of the island of Formentera. However, due to its close proximity to the popular tourist destination (and airport) in Ibiza Town, this beach can get rather crowded during the high tourist seasons. Des Cavellet is tucked between two commercial areas of Ibiza; if you're hungry, you can head to El Chiringuito Es Cavallet on the north side or Chiringay on the south side for some authentic Balearic cuisines.

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    Rocky cliff at the shore of clear bright blue ocean at Formentera coastline

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    The uninhabited island of Espalmador just off the northeastern coast of Formentera is only accessible by boat, making it the perfect nudist escape for people who want to sunbathe in the nude but don't want to deal with huge crowds. Although you can see the white sandy beaches of Espalmador from Playa de Illetes, the strong undercurrent here makes it ill-advised to attempt to swim across. Instead, book a ferry from the nearby port of La Savina and enjoy your day relaxing in relative quiet.

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    Platja de Llevant lies on the eastern coast a few miles south of the northernmost tip of Formentera and is known as the "official" nude beach of the island. The best time to go is generally May or September when the tourist season has yet to really pick up or is just starting to die down. Platja de Llevant is easily accessible by bike from the port, but make sure you arrive before noon to beat the day-trippers who venture over to Formentera from Ibiza if you want to get a good spot on the white sand.

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    Located on the southern coast of Mallorca, Playa Es Trenc is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Situated between the popular tourist destination Colonia Sant Jordi and the less-developed village of Ses Covetes, Es Trenc provides easy access to hotels, restaurants, and shops if you get tired of laying out in the sun.

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    Although technically more of a cove than a full beach, the secluded Caló d'en Rafelino is just a short five-minute walk from the small town of Cala Morlanda on the east coast of Mallorca. Located between S'Illot and Porto Cristo, you won't be too far from bars, bathrooms, hotels, and private villas to rent if you hope to stay nearby.

    Caló d'en Rafelino has become a popular destination for nudists who want to avoid large crowds because it's relatively hidden from view and requires a bit of a walk (and you have to know it exists!).

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    If you really want to get away from the tourist crowds and enjoy an almost entirely private beach to yourself, journeying to Coll Baix in northern Mallorca is sure to delight. You can either take a boat or drive from the port of Alcudia to access this secluded beach, but keep in mind that the parking lot is a little under half a mile from the beach itself.

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    Along the central southern coast of Menorca, Playa Son Bou is a family-friendly destination that offers sections of nude sunbathing, especially towards the end of the beach. At just over a mile, Son Bou is the longest beach on Menorca, and you can access it by walking across the path from Santo Tomás Resort, a popular getaway destination nearby. There are plenty of nearby bars, shops, and other accommodations if you'd prefer to stay close to the beach.

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    For a more secluded adventure on your trip to Menorca, head up the north coast near Cala Morell for a set of beaches known as Algaiarens. To get here, you can drive from Ciutadella, but keep in mind the road toward the beach starts in Poligno, and stock up on supplies before you go as there are no facilities or nearby shops on Playa de Algaiarens. Perhaps the best part of this beach, unlike others on the list, is that the parking lot only has room for 200 vehicles, meaning you shouldn't ever see a crowd across the entire stretch of golden sands.