When it comes to truly enjoying a day at the beach, a trip to the Spanish Canary Islands is hard to beat. As an added benefit, nudity and naturism are legal across Spain (including its autonomous communities), so there's no shortage of great beaches on the Canary Islands where you can go nude.
The Canary Islands are an archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa known for their black and white sand beaches. The main islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro, but there are also a number of smaller islands and islets that also have gorgeous, secluded beaches perfect for sunbathing.
Below, you'll find lists of all the nudist beaches in the Canary Islands, arranged by the island where they're found. The lists below read "beach name - the area of the island."
The largest and most populated of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, is the home of cities like Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz, San Cristobal de La Laguna, and Costa Adeje as well as some of the islands' best nudist beaches. In the center of Tenerife, the dormant volcano Mount Teide rises above the island, providing a beautiful backdrop to any day at the beaches here.
- Playa Gaviotas (El Roquete) - Igueste de San Andrés
- Playa Médano - Granadilla de Abona
- Playa de la Montaña Roja - El Médano - Los Abrigos
- Playa La Tejita - Granadilla de Abona
- Playa Mareta - Los Abrigos - El Médano
- Playa El Callao - Las Galletas - Costa del Silencio
- Playa Morteros - San Juan - Guía de Isora
- Playa Blanca (Diego Hernández) - San Juan - Guía de Isora
- Playa Los Patos - Puerto de la Cruz
- Playa Bollullo - Puerto de la Cruz
With a population of over 800,000 that accounts for over 40 percent of the total population of the islands, Gran Canaria is the second-most populous island (behind Tenerife) and one of its top tourist destinations. The cities of Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico are both known for nightlife while the smaller towns of Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín are good for relaxing escapes from the bustling cities.
- Playa del Inglés - Maspalomas - San Agustín
- Playa Maspalomas - Maspalomas - San Agustín
- Playa Las Mujeres - Maspalomas - El Oasis
- Playa Montaña de Arena - Maspalomas - El Oasis
- Playa Las Meloneras - El Oasis - Arguineguín
- Playa Las Carpinteras - El Oasis - Arguineguín
- Playa Lomo Galeón - Arguineguín
- Playa del Molinero - Arguineguín
- Playa Tauro - Puerto Rico - Mogán
- Playa Medio Almud - Arguineguín - Mogán
- Playa Tiritaña - Mogán
- Playa Taurito - Mogán
- Playa Veneguera - Veneguera - Mogán
- Playa Los Secos - Tasarte
- Playa Ambar - Tasarte
Known for its volcanic formations like the rocky landscape of Timanfaya National Park or the Cueva de Los Verdes caverns formed by volcanic activity in the 1700s, the island of Lanzarote is a great destination for secluded stretches of shoreline. If you're visiting during the month of September, you can also catch the annual festival in the village of Mancha Blanca that honors the "Virgin of the Volcanoes," Our Lady of Dolours, on September 15.
- Playa Guasimeta - Arrecife - Tias
- Playa Matagorda - Arrecife - Tias
- Playa Puerto Muelas - Playa Blanca
- Playa Caleta del Congrio - Playa Blanca
- Playa Las Mujeres - Playa Blanca
- Playa Afre (Las Coloradas) - Playa Blanca
- Playa Janubio - Yaiza
- Playa Famara - Teguise
The second largest island of the Canary Islands is Fuerteventura, is also the most popular destination for holiday travel thanks to its miles of white-sand beaches and year-round cool breezes. While surfing, windsurfing, and waterskiing are all also popular here, sunbathing in the nude is acceptable on most of the beaches as well, and there are plenty of sheltered coves where you might not find any other beachgoers when you visit.
- Playa de Sotavento de Jandía - Morro del Jable
- Playa Butihondo - Morro del Jable
- Playa Las Coloradas - Morro del Jable
- Playa Morro de Potala - Morro del Jable
- Playa El Cofete - El Cofete - Morro del Jable
- Playa Viejo Rey - Morro del Jable - Pájara
- Playa Ajuy - Ajuy - Puerto de la Peña - Pájara
- Playa Janubio - Puerto de Los Molinos - La Oliva
- Playa Aljibe (La Cueva) - El Cotillo - La Oliva
- Playa Castillo - La Oliva
- Playa Marfolín - El Cotillo - Corralejo
- Playa Islote - El Cotillo - Corralejo
- Playa Río - El Cotillo - Corralejo
- Playas Los Charcos - El Cotillo - Corralejo
- Playa Charcón - Corralejo
- Playa Beatriz - Corralejo
- Playa Punta Blanca - Corralejo
- Playas de Corralejo - Corralejo
The second-smallest of the main islands, La Gomera, is covered in volcanic mountains and dense forests but also home to a number of black and white sand beaches. Valley Gran Rey canyon and the cliffside village of La Calera are among the most popular destinations on La Gomera.
- Playa Guancha - San Sebastián de la Gomera
- Playa del Cabrito - San Sebastián de la Gomera
- Playa Roja - San Sebastián de la Gomera
- Playa Guincho - San Sebastián de la Gomera
- Playa Suarez - Laguna de Santiago
- Playa Chinguarime - Laguna de Santiago
- Playa del Medio - Laguna de Santiago
- Playa Tapahuga - Laguna de Santiago
- Playa Argaga - Valle Gran Rey
- Playa Vueltas - Valle Gran Rey
- Playa La Calera - Valle Gran Rey
- Playa del Inglés - Valle Gran Rey
Tips for Visiting the Canary Islands' Nude Beaches
Nudism in Spain is completely legal, but the cultural norms and conceptions surrounding nudity are a bit different from the general American sentiment. As a result, there are certain etiquette rules and social guidelines you should follow when going to a naturist area while visiting the Canary Islands:
- Photography of any kind is discouraged, and you must get consent to take pictures of people at nudist beaches
- Don't stare or gawk at other beach-goers
- Check to see if others are nude or if a number of families are using the beach before disrobing; while legal across Spain, naturism is more accepted in some places and situations than others
- While naturism is legal, sexual activities of any kind are prohibited in public—including on the beaches
In addition to etiquette guidelines, there are several tips that can help you to enhance your experience at a nude beach in the Canary Islands:
- Most nude beaches in the Canary Islands are easily accessible from nearby towns, but a few require a bit of hiking or a short drive to reach.
- The best places for nude sunbathing are the most secluded spots on the islands, which often take a bit more effort to find.
- Remember to pack extra-strength sunscreen if you're not used to nude sunbathing as the skin around your bikini-area will be more sensitive and prone to sunburn.
- If you want to see something extraordinary in Spain, you can attend the Running of the Nudes in Pamplona, which involves hundreds of naturists running through the picturesque streets of this famous city without clothing two days before the Running of the Bulls each year.
- Charco del Palo on Lanzarote was the first naturist resort in Spain, leading the "naturist revolution" of the 1970s and 80s, and you can still book a room here today.