Costa de la Luz
The naturist beaches of Cadiz and Huelva roll on in never-ending swathes of golden sand that are ideal for strolling, jogging and energetic ball games. Many of these beaches are best described as clothing-optional and you will often see groups of friends and family where some members are nudists and others are not.
The fabulous sand-dune and pine-tree backed beach at Bolonia has its official naturist section at the far left end facing the sea. This is known as El Chorrito. Here it is possible to walk forever along virgin sands until you lose all track or trace of civilization. Don’t be surprised, though, if you meet people coming towards you caked in mud; just keep going until to get to seams of grey crumbly slate in the cliff-side, mix with water and give yourself a therapeutic mud-bath. To the west of the town lies a 130-metre ecological treasure, the Duna de Bolonia Natural Monument. This area is also perfect to practice a litle discreet naturism. Find out more information about the facilities available at the beach on our Bolonia beaches page.
Coming from Tarifa along the N-340 after about 20km, take the Bolonia turn off on the CA-P-2216.
Zahara de los Atunes
They don’t come much more idyllic than Playa Arroyo del Canuelo near the village of Zahara de los Atunes: verdant pine trees, golden sands, tranquil waters - and not a building of any description in sight. No wonder this is a popular spot with naturists. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and plenty of water.
To get to this stunning nudist beach, take the road from Zahara towards Cabo de Gracia, pass through the Urbanization Atlanterra and leave your car in the car park near the Camarinal lighthouse. From there you’ll need to scramble down the path through the pine forests. This beach forms part of the Estrecho Natural Park .
Zahara de los Atunes is not just for naturists - visit our Zahara de los Atunes beach page for more information.
Caños de Meca
A one-time hippy hang-out, the nudist beach of Los Castillejos at Caños de Meca still has something of a bohemian feel to it. This unspoilt stretch of beach is sheltered by the pine tree forests of the Breña y Marismas de Barbate Natural Park. Put on a good pair of walking shoes for scrambling over the rocks and you’ll eventually come to an area known as Las Cortinas - famed for the natural waterfalls that rush down the cliff-side.
North of Caños de Meca another popular nudist spot is the area under the cliffs by the Trafalgar lighthouse, La Playa del Faro. On the other side of the lighthouse the beach extends for several more kilometres, changing names as it goes: Playa de Trafalgar, Zahora, La Palmar. The whole 7km sweep is unspoilt and traditionally clothing-optional, though you’ll find more nudists at the lighthouse end.
For more information the beach and its facilities, visit our Caños de Meca beach page.
Conil de la Frontera
There are bags of opportunities for nude sunbathing to the north and south of the pretty seaside town of Conil de la Frontera. To the south you’ll find Playa Castilnova, which stretches for two and a half unspoilt kilometers. Like most of Cadiz’s beaches, it can be windy and is good for windsurfing. Beyond Castilnova, La Mangueta (also known as La Palmar-Zahora) is a fine place to practice nudism and even on Sundays you should have masses of sand to yourself.
To find out more about the beaches (nudist and clothed) in Conil de la Frontera, visit our Conil de la Frontera beaches page.
Cala de Aceite
In contrast to the wide and sometimes windy sweeps of sand that line much of the Costa de la Luz, just north of Conil de la Frontera there are lots of sheltered and secluded coves – many of which are frequented by naturists. The Cala de Aceite camp-site has a dedicated naturist section but it’s quite possible that on the Cala de Aceite beach itself you won’t find any naturists –at least during the summer months. For nudist sunbathing you’ll need to scramble over to the neighbouring coves of Melchor, Pitones and Sudario.
Access is along the road that goes from the Urbanización Roche to Conil de la Frontera.
Nueva Umbría, Lepe
La Flecha de Nueva Umbría forms part of the Marismas del Río Piedras y la Flecha del Rompido Natural Area. This narrow spit of sand forks out like a tongue, parallel to the coast, and is home to a rich eco-system of dunes and estuaries and marshlands. It is also home to one of Andalucía’s most stunning naturist beaches. With 18 kilometres of pristine sands to play with, you can pretty much pick your spot, but there is an official nudist section, the Playa Nudista de Nueva Umbría, which is situated two kilometres from the main La Antilla beach.
Leave the town of Lepe in the direction of Isla Cristina and when you get to the fishing village of Casas del Terrón follow the track though the Marísmas Del Río Piedras for two kilometres. Park behind the last car and walk 100 metres or so to the beach. Turn left and keep going until you reach the ‘nudist beach’ signs.
Visit our Lepe beaches page to discover more beaches in Lepe.
The Matalascañas coastline in the province of Huelva is surrounded by the Doñana National Park. Although the main town beaches can get crowded in summer, further along, towards Mazagón, there is the splendid Cuesta de Maneli nudist beach. In the summer there’s a beach bar between the textile and nudist zone. Access is along a wooden walkway though the dunes and pine trees. When you get to the beach, head left and you’ll see the ‘zona naturista’ sign. Cuesta de Maneli is signposted at Km38 on the A494 to Mazagón.
East of Matalascañas you’ll find the even longer but equally unspoilt Playa de Castilla. Boasting 20 kilometres of golden sands backed by towering cliffs, this has to be one of the most extensive naturist Edens on the whole of mainland Spain and the islands. Read more about the beaches near Matalascañas on our Matalascañas beach page.