Nudism is perfectly legal throughout Spain, which means that all beaches in the country can be nude beaches. However, local naturists and those who are visiting Spain often congregate at nudist resorts and on particular beaches that are usually slightly out of the way.
There are nudist beaches near cities like Sitges and Barcelona—where you might even see a couple of people in cities like Barcelona walking around completely nude—but most of the nudist beaches in Spain are quite secluded and will often require that you rent a car to reach them as they're not easily accessible with public transit.
Depending on which part of the country you visit, 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.
The Costa Natura Nudist Resort on the Costa del Sol is a whole Andalusian village completely dedicated to naturists. You can book a hotel in Estepona and enjoy the 24-yard pool or take a quick walk to the ocean to swim in your birthday suit. Costa Natura is accessible via the Malaga or Gibraltar Airports, but do require renting a car as there are no train stations or bus stops nearby.
Barinatxe Nudist Beach, Sopelana, Basque Country
Barinatxe Beach in Sopeiana is situated on the north coast of Spain, so it might not always be warm, but 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. Nearby, you'll also find Sopelana beach if you would rather wear a bathing suit.
Gay and Mixed Nudist Beaches in Sitges
Easily accessible by bus or train, Platja Balmins is a clothing-optional beach between Sant Sebastià and the port of Aiguadolç, and there is another nudist beach at Playa del Hombre Muerto (Dead Man's Beach), which is mainly gay. 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. You will, however, need a to get there.
Alicante is a small nudist resort located just 20 minutes north of the Alicante Airport by cab between the city of San Vincente and the village of Agost. 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 Wi-Fi, and even guest airport pickup if you don't want to rent a car.
Located a few hours down the coast from Barcelona on the other side of Tarragona, Playa El Torn is one of the most popular and largest nudist beaches in Spain. However, you will need to rent a car to get here. It's perfect for an overnight camping trip from Barcelona if you want to stay at El Templo del Sol Nudist Campsite.
Playa de la Mar Bella, Barcelona, Catalonia
Conveniently located in the city of Barcelona, the small Playa de la Mar Bella is just a short walk north of the main Barceloneta beach. This nudist section is behind some dunes, after the nautical club, and offers a semi-private way to spend the day without clothing. You can also wrap yourself up in some light clothing and head to the nearby Poble Nou area of Barcelona for fine dining, shops, and museums.
Located on the Caroig Massif plateau to the Southwest of the city of Valencia, Sierra Natural was the first mountain nudist resort ever opened in Spain. You will need to rent a car to access this private resort, but once you arrive, there's plenty of options for accommodations. 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 club called "The Dome," a playground, and a dining room with meals prepared from fresh produce harvested in the resort's biological garden.
Spain's first-ever naturist campsite was El Portús in the Murcia region. This public nudist campsite still welcomes guests year after year to enjoy the perfect weather and seclusion just six miles from historic Cartegena. With both tent and RV camping available, electric hookups at many of the sites, and five shower rooms on the grounds, El Portús makes for an easy camping trip from San Javier (Murcia) and El Altet (Alicante) airports. 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, sunbath in the coastal pool swimming hole that locals call "the Bathtub," or enjoy Famara beach, all without clothing. Located on the northeasternmost 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 hippy 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.