Although nudism is technically legal throughout Spain, strolling down a crowded city street in the buff would likely be frowned upon. Instead, naturists tend to stick to specifically designated areas where nudism is clearly encouraged, including the wealth of nude beaches that dot Spain's stunning coastline.
In general, these nudist resorts and beaches tend to be somewhat out of the way, meaning you'll have to rent a car to get to some of them. But if baring it all is a must during your once-in-a-lifetime Spanish vacation, it'll be well worth the trek. And for those who prefer a more urban scene, some large towns and even major metropolitan ares such as Barcelona have nude beaches within their city limits.
All in all, Spain has a number of pristine beaches and hidden resorts that not only allow nudism but encourage it. Remember to pack something to cover up with when you leave, but you won't have to bring more than a beach towel to enjoy these great destinations in Spain.
Branded as "Europe's best family-friendly naturist resort," the Costa Natura Nudist Resort on the Costa del Sol is a whole Andalusian village completely dedicated to naturists. Here, you can enjoy the enormous pool or take a quick walk to the ocean to swim in your birthday suit.
Costa Natura is accessible via the Malaga and Gibraltar airports, but you'll need to rent a car as there are no train stations or bus stops nearby.
Barinatxe Nudist Beach, Sopelana, Basque Country
Barinatxe Beach in Sopelana is situated on Span's northern coast, so it might not always be warm year-round. Come summer, though, there's no better place to be. The annual Patxi Ros Trophy Nudist Race is a one-of-a-kind event you won't want to miss if you're a naturist visiting northern Spain in the summer.
From Bilbao, you can easily hop a local train to reach the town of Sopelana, and the beach is just a short walk away. If you'd rather keep your swimsuit on, you'll find the equally lovely Sopelana Beach nearby.
LGBT-Friendly Nudist Beaches in Sitges
Sitges has always been one of Spain's go-to destinations for the LGBT community, and the open-minded way of life here means that nude beaches abound in the region. You'll find Platja Balmins between Sant Sebastià and the port of Aiguadolç, and there is another nudist beach at Playa del Hombre Muerto (Dead Man's Beach), with a happening gay scene. Further up the coast to the north of Sitges in Vallcarca, Cala Morisca is a small beach town with a hidden nudist beach and fine dining restaurants right on the ocean.
Platja Balmins is easily accessible by bus or train. You will, however, need a car to get to Playa del Hombre Muerto or Cala Morisca.
Alicante Nudists Bed & Breakfast is a small but lively nudist resort on one of Spain's most happening coasts. This private bed and breakfast caters for up to 10 guests at a time in a completely clothing-optional setting and features a private pool, free wifi, and even guest airport pickup if you don't want to rent a car.
If you do have access to a vehicle, the resort is located just 20 minutes north of the Alicante airport between the towns of San Vicente and Agost.
Playa El Torn is one of the most popular and largest nudist beaches in Spain. Its rugged, natural surroundings couldn't be more picturesque, and make the beach especially perfect for an overnight camping trip from Barcelona if you want to stay at El Templo del Sol Naturist Campsite nearby.
El Torn is located a few hours down the coast from Barcelona on the southern side of Tarragona, but you'll need to rent a car to get there.
Playa de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Catalonia
There are beaches aplenty in Barcelona, including this great hidden nudist spot. Playa de la Mar Bella features a nudist section behind some dunes once you pass the nautical club, offering a semi-private way to spend the day without clothing. Despite its seclusion, you're never far from the action of the Catalan capital. When you've had enough of the beach for one day, get dressed and head to the nearby Poble Nou area of Barcelona for fine dining, shops, and museums.
Conveniently located in the city of Barcelona itself, Playa de la Mar Bella is just a short walk north of the main Barceloneta beach.
Sierra Natura was the first mountain nudist resort ever opened in Spain. It's not the most accessible, but once you arrive, world-class services and amenities abound. Along with several cabins and rooms available for rent, Sierra Natura also offers tent and RV camping. Other amenities include a waterfall-oxygenated swimming pool, a sauna and indoor jacuzzi, an on-site shop, a happening social space, a playground, and a dining room with meals prepared from fresh produce harvested in the resort's biological garden.
You will need to rent a car to access this private resort located on the Caroig Massif plateau to the southwest of the city of Valencia.
Spain's first-ever naturist campsite was El Portus in the sun-drenched southeastern region of Murcia. This public nudist campsite still welcomes guests year after year to enjoy the perfect weather and seclusion just six miles from historic Cartagena. With both tent and RV camping available, electric hookups at many of the sites, and five shower rooms on the grounds, it's the perfect spot to enjoy all the comforts of home in stunning natural surroundings.
El Portús makes for an easy camping trip from San Javier (Murcia) and El Altet (Alicante) airports if you have access to a car. If not, no worries—the campsite will even arrange cab services for you at a reasonable price.
Charco del Palo is a holiday village where everyone is nude—except in the shops, restaurants, museums, and the aquarium. Visitors can explore the volcanic rock-covered island, sunbathe in the coastal pool swimming hole that locals call "the Bathtub," or enjoy Famara beach—all without clothing.
Located on the north-easternmost island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, travelers can access this private resort by taking a car or bus from the international airport in the island's capital city of Arrecife.
Cabo de Gata is an unspoiled area of beaches in the southeast of Spain that hosts a collection of hippie communes, nature parks, and plenty of clothing-optional beaches. Media Luna, Cala Carbón, and Cala del Barronal are just some of the nudist beaches in this area.
If you have a few days to spend in southern Spain, it's best to rent a car to explore more of the popular Cabo de Gata coastal destinations. If not, you can still get to the region's main town, San José, by bus from Almería capital.