Granada’s coastline is not very long but it does boast a handful of fine nudist beaches as well as opportunities to practice naturism inland.
Cantarriján, La Herradura
Cantarriján naturist beach is situated in the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Area just west of La Herradura near Almuñecar. Access is down a steep windy track and from mid-June to mid-September you must leave your vehicle in the car park (free) at the side of the N-340 and take the minibus (€1 each way). You won’t regret the hassle or the expense: the two shingle bays are protected by vertiginous cliffs and the sea is Caribbean clear. The first beach has sunshades, sunbeds, showers, two restaurants, and tends to be a naturist-textile mix, while the second is wilder, stonier and nuder.
Coming from Nerja on the N-340 coast road, the turnoff to Cantarriján naturist beach is well sign-posted, just past the ‘Provincia de Granada’ sign and before the Cerro Gordo tunnel. Alternatively, follow the A-7 motorway until the Almuñecar Oeste-La Herradura exit and then backtrack 8km along the N-340 towards Nerja. Cars are not allowed in this protected area so you should park along the A-7 road and catch the authorised shuttle bus down to the beach.
Playa el Muerto, Almuñecar
This shingle and sand cove to the west of Almuñecar has great rocks for climbing at the far end. Though the ‘beach of the dead’ is officially naturist, in the summer and at weekends you’ll probably find more textiles than naturists. To get there, drive along Almuñecar paseo maritimo (sea front) for about 2km until you reach Cotobro beach. Park nearby and follow the walkway around the headland to the next cove. From the beach you can see perched high on the cliff the aptly named Eagle Peak naturist apartment complex.
Playa de la Joya, Motril
Access to this quiet and secluded nudist beach is down a 500-metre stairway, not far from the village of Torrenueva in the municipality of Motril. Apart from litter bins and cleaning services there are no other facilities – but the beach is sandy and the water perfect for bathing.
What if you're a landlocked naturist? Well, there are rivers and there are reservoirs. And the area around Cuevas de Campo in the province of Granada offers opportunities for nude sunbathing and swimming at both. The Negratín reservoir boasts its own small naturist beach with plenty of white sand, half a dozen sunshades, a summer-time kisok and a ramp into the turquoise waters. Close to the nearby village of Pozo Alcón (now in Jaén province), there are rivers and pools and waterfalls, and depending when you go, these can also be enjoyed au naturel.
Exit between Guadix and Baza on the A92 (Almeria-Sevilla). Follow the signs to Cuevas de Campo and Embalse de Negratín.
Playa de Ruso, La Rabita
One and a half kilometres before the small seaside resort and beach of La Rabita , near Albuñol, you’ll find the secluded nudist beach, Playa el Ruso. Like many out-of-town nudist beaches, this one has no services or amenities. What it does have is bags of peace and quiet and deep blue crystalline waters. Access is on foot from the N-340.