Naturist Beaches of Andalucia
The Spanish Tourist Board estimates that around 1.5 million tourists visit Spain every summer with the express aim of practicing naturism. To this number can be added the estimated half a million Spaniards who habitually or occasionally enjoying sunbathing in the buff. Andalucía is the autonomous community with the most kilometres of nudist beach - or we should say, more accurately, beaches where nudism is habitually practiced. From secluded coves and busy urban beaches to great wide sweeps of sand that disappear into infinty, there are loads of places in Andalucía for you to work on that all-over tan.
Andalucía is also the region with the most dedicated naturist accommodation. There are well-equipped camp-sites, apartment complexes, rural B&Bs, and there’s even a four-star hotel. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start working on those white bits now!
Desnudo / Naked, nude
Desnudarse / To take your clothes off, strip
En pelota(s), En bola(s) / Starkers (literally, in the balls)
En cueros / In the buff (literally, down to your skin)
Textil / Textile – ie someone who ISN'T a naturist
Naturism and the law
The right to dress (or not) as you see fit is enshrined in the Spanish constitution, and theoretically you can be naked on any beach, or indeed in any public place. In practice, if you walk starkers down a busy High Street the Guardia Civil just might invite you to get dressed. Some naturist beaches are officially designated and signposted as such by local councils. However, there are many other ‘tolerated’ beaches, where people traditionally sunbathe nude, and at these you tend a get a total live-and-let-live mix of sunbathers topless, swimsuited and nudist.
Coasts of Andalucia
The least well-known of the Costas, probably because the name is a recent creation for the coastline of Granada Province. Nevertheless it should not be overlooked. It is characterised by mountains… More →
Perhaps the most diverse of all the Costas. Everything from popular resorts to rocky coves which include some of the least visited beaches in Southern Spain.
Use our guide to explore the beaches along the Costa de la Luz from the furthest east next to the Portuguese border, to the furthest west at the Campo de Gibraltar. Beaches along the Costa de la… More →
About beaches in Andalucia
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In 1982 the Direction General de Puertos y Costas (a national agency to oversee ports and coastline) ruled that all beaches in Spain should be public and removed the concept of a private beach.… More →
There are only very occasional reports of a shark sighting off the Malaga coast. Juan Jesus Martin, a biologist from the Aula del Mar museum in Malaga confirmed that there are 20 species of shark… More →
Large numbers of jellyfish (Medusas in Spanish) have been a problem from time to time in certain warm Mediterranean beaches in the early Summer in recent years. On popular beaches a red flag will… More →
The Spanish Tourist Board estimates that around 1.5 million tourists visit Spain every summer with the express aim of practicing naturism. To this number can be added the estimated half a million… More →
The Blue Flag Campaign started in 1987 and is now is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand,… More →