Greek Islands with Nude Beaches

Where to dare to get bare in Greece

Rhodes nude beach
••• Nude beach on Rhodes. efilippou / Getty Images

Nude beaches are abundant in Greece. There are many Greek islands with known or semi-"official" nude beaches. While in practice any secluded stretch of Greek sand may be a nude beach at times, those who have been bare there before attest that some stretches of beach 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.

What's Missing from Greek Nude Beaches? Greeks!

But just don't expect to see many Greeks joining you in the nude - though the classical statuary is naked, few Greeks have acquired the nude beach habit. Most of your beach mates will also be travelers. And a nude beach means just that - a place where full nudity is acceptable or at least tolerated. Throughout Europe, you'll find that sunbathing topless for women is widely accepted - something that may jolt some visitors to non-nude beaches.

Complete beginner? If you've never visited a nude beach in Greece (or anywhere else) before, you may appreciate my tips on How to Visit a Nude Beach in Greece.f

Here is a quick list of islands with known nude beaches in Greece and the Greek islands.

Nude Beaches in Greece and the Greek Islands

Amorgos

Anafi

Agistri

Alonissos

Andros

Antiparos - Psaralaki Beach, Antiparos

Astypalea

Carpathos -

Vatsalakia Beach

Cephalonia

Chios

Corfu (Kerkyra)

Crete- Nude beaches on Crete include:

Marmara

Sweetwater (Glykanera, Glyko Nero)

Preveli

Red Beach

Kommos

These nude beaches, and many others are primarily clustered in Southwestern Crete along the remote sections of the coast. Crete is also home to the sole "official" nudist resort, the deluxe Hotel Vritomartis at Filaki Beach.

There is also a new nude apartment complex, the Kalo Kairi, on Crete. But don't confuse it with the more-or-less mythical island of Kalokairi from Mamma Mia the Movie!

Donoussa

Nude Beaches on Donoussa

Elefonissos

Euboea/Evia

Folegandros

Fourni

Halki

Icaria

Iraklia (don't confuse with Iraklio)

Ithaca

Kalmynos

Karpathos - See Carpathos

Kea

Kimolos

Kos

Koufonissi

Lefkas

Leros

Lesbos/Lesvos

Limnos

Lipsi/Leipsi

Milos

Mykonos/Miconos - Mykonos is probably the Queen of nude beaches in Greece, with several internationally-famous ones. Bare beaches in Mykonos include Paradise.

Elia

The "Shirley Valentine" beach Ai Giannis.

Naxos

Paros (see also neighboring Antiparos)

Ligari Beach

Patmos

Paxos and Antipaxos

Poros

Rhodes

Samos

Santorini

Red Beach

Koulombos Beach

Vlychada Beach

Schinoussa

Serifos

Sifnos

Skiathos

"Big Banana"

Skopelos

Veliani Beach

Skyros

Symi

Syros

Thassos

Tilos

Zakynthos

You may have noticed that these are all on Greek islands - and that's not a mistake. Nude beaches on the Greek mainland and in the Peloponnese, while not impossible to find, are much rarer. The Greek islands, while they can be intensely conservative in many ways, seem to have a more cheerful attitude to tourists going naked... just don't expect to see many, or any, Greeks among them.

Or maybe it goes all the way back to the very early Cycladic island figurines carved from stone, most of whom are nude. You can see an extensive collection of these figures at the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art located in Athens or reproduced in almost any gift shop in the Greek islands.

More Resources on Nude Beaches in Greece

The King - or at least the Captain - of nude beaches in Greece is Cap't Barefoot, who carefully monitors the state of nude beaches throughout Greece, either personally or with continuous reports from hundreds of informants. It makes for fun reading even if you're not planning a trip.

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