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SOUTHERN SPAIN

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Southern Spain consists of two autonomous communities: Murcia and Andalucía (often spelled "Andalusia" in English). Murcia is among the autonomous communities of Spain that are not divided into multiple provinces. Thus, the autonomous community of Murcia and the province of Murcia are one in the same. Murcia is at the southeastern corner of Spain. The rest of southern Spain is Andalucía, the country's second largest autonomous community in land area. Andalucía has eight provinces (only the five coastal provinces are included in this guide), and each of those provinces is about the size of Murcia. Andalucía is the most Moorish influenced part of Spain and is known for the exotic architecture of its monuments, like the grand Alhambra palace in Granada or the Mezquita of Córdoba, a mosque-turned-cathedral. Andalucía is the only part of Spain that has both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline. The five coastal provinces of Andalucía are listed in geographic order on this page, going east to west. Almería, Granada and Málaga are all entirely Mediterranean, but Cádiz—part of which is along the Strait of Gibraltar—has both Mediterranean and Atlantic segments, and Huelva is entirely Atlantic.

Southern Spain is the warmest part of the country. The weather is suitable for bare bathing during much of the spring and autumn, but winter vacations are a bit chancy. In summer, you may find that the mercury rises a little too high for your taste. In July and August, temperatures exceed 90°F (32°C) in much of the south. The naturist possibilities of Southern Spain include Vera Playa (in Almería), the largest naturist resort complex in Spain and one of the preeminent naturist destinations in the world; the many beaches of rugged, unspoiled Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park (also in Almería), a region of cacti and palm trees in one of the very few parts of Europe considered to be desert; a tiny nude beach tucked away in cosmopolitan Benalmadena; a nude beach in Cádiz from which you can see Africa on the horizon, at least on clear days; and windswept Atlantic beaches of Huelva that offer abundant possibilities for naked solitude.

Spain's coastline is, mostly for purposes of tourism, divided into various segments that mean absolutely nothing but sound romantic. We don't make use of the terms in this guide, but here are the ones that pertain to Southern Spain, from east to west. Costa Cálida, which means "Warm Coast," is the coast of Murcia. For Almería, there is no special adjective; it's just Costa de Almería. Granada's coast is the Costa Tropical, but this term is not as widely used as the others; Granada's share of the coastline is comparatively small. The coast of of Málaga is the Costa del Sol, which is the most popular of Spain's costas for sun-seeking vacationers. There does not seem to be a moniker for the small Mediterranean stretch of the coast of Cádiz, but Costa de la Luz, which means "Coast of Light," refers to all of Atlantic Andalucía. (Compared to the Costa del Sol, the Costa de la Luz is rather off the tourist radar.) The names of other coastal segments are listed under Eastern Spain. There are names for segments of Spain's north coast as well, but those names are not well-known tourist lingo.


MURCIA      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Murcia is an autonomous community that is not subdivided into multiple provinces, and it can be referred to as either an autonomous community or a province since they are one in the same. The province has 274 kilometers of coastline (counting all the twists and turns), but that can be reduced considerably to about 120 kilometers when measured more linearly. A very prominent feature near the northern border of Murcia a huge, shallow, salty lagoon called Mar Menor. Near the town of San Pedro del Pinatar, Playa de la Llana 37.8099N, 0.7561W   is located on a narrow strip of land that separates Mar Menor from the Mediterranean. Going south on the beach away from the access point, nudity becomes commonplace, but nudity does not occur at Llana with the same regularity as at some of the beaches farther south in Murcia, closer to Cartagena and Mazarrón.

      While the beaches near Mar Menor face east, the coastline changes direction beyond the southern end of the lagoon, and the beaches of the rest of Murcia are oriented mostly toward the south. Directly south of Mar Menor on the eastern outskirts of Cartagena, Calblanque Regional Park is a beautiful natural park that consists of multiple beach coves backed by rugged mountains, and there are coves toward each end of the park that draw nude bathers. Near the eastern extreme of the park, Cala de los Dentones 37.6076N, 0.7201W   is a small, hidden beach that is lightly attended and draws some nude bathers, and the coves near it also see occasional near use. However, far more nude bathers gather at Playa de Negrete 37.5977N, 0.7627W  , which is several kilometers to the west toward the opposite end of the park. A sign along the trail to Negrete labels it as "Playa Nudista," and there is also a chain of smaller and more secluded coves beyond Negrete where nudity is the norm.

      On the western outskirts of Cartagena, Playa de la Morena 37.5819N, 1.0686W   is a small beach that abuts Camping El Portús (listed farther down), which is a naturist resort that is tucked away amid the arid coastal mountains. It is attended mainly by resort guests, but day visitors can pay a fee to pass through the grounds and access the beach.

      Near Mazarrón, there is a small range of mountains called the Sierra de las Moreras, and there is a short stretch of just 3 to 4 kilometers where the mountains meet the sea. The road that follows the coastline through this short but rugged stretch is unpaved. If you follow the gravel road west from the small town of Bolnuevo, you will soon reach a collection of six small coves that are signed for nude bathing. These beaches, located within a span of about 2 kilometers, are:  Playa de la Cueva de los Lobos 37.5619N, 1.3291W  ; Playa Amarilla 37.5601N, 1.3316W  ; Cala Grúa 37.5575N, 1.3388W  ; Cala Leño 37.5575N, 1.3400W  ; Cala Desnuda 37.5572N, 1.3412W  ; and Cala de Barranco Ancho 37.5557N, 1.3438W  . Playa de la Cueva de los Lobos, which is the first of the coves (i.e., closest to Bolneuvo) tends to be the most popular. Cala de Barranco Ancho, which is the most distant of the coves from Bolnuevo, tends do draw more gay nudists than do the others. Considering the proximity of these coves to one another, it is easy to explore them all.

      A bit farther southwest, Playa de las Minas 37.5282N, 1.3841W   is the small nudist extension of a popular textile beach called Playa de Percheles, and these two adjacent beaches are located along a rural, agricultural stretch of coastline that lacks residential or tourist development. Minas and Percheles are about 5 kilometers southwest of the six Bolnuevo nudist coves (described in the previous paragraph) via the gravel coastal road, but they are more often accessed via a paved road through the farming village of Cañada de Gallego. Percheles is the only well-attended beach in the immediate vicinity. Besides neighboring Minas, there are other nearby coves that get occasional nudist use, but those other coves are typically deserted.

NATURIST RETREATS & OTHER NATURIST-FRIENDLY PLACES TO STAY

     Almond Tree Villa    37.6233N, 1.8948W     E, F, G
          Lorca

     Camping El Portús    37.5837N, 1.0683W     S, D, E, F, G      beach 
          Cartagena

     Camping El Zorro    37.6432N, 1.9480W     D, E, F, G, S
          Puerto Lumbreras

     Casa de Cinco Hermanos    38.4034N, 1.1357W     S, E, G
          Jumilla


ANDALUCÍA

Almeria      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      The province of Almeria has 249 kilometers of coastline (counting all the twists and turns), or about 200 kilometers measured more linearly. On the eastern side of the province, the coastline is oriented mostly toward the southeast. On the western side of the province, the coastline mostly faces south. Toward the far eastern end of the province, near Murcia, Playa del Playazo 37.2232N, 1.8017W   is the formal name of the beach adjacent to the Vera Playa naturist complex (listed farther down), which is the largest naturist resort in Spain and one of the largest in the world. The beach is accessible to the general public, and it is almost universally called Vera Playa rather than by its proper name.

      While Vera Playa is set against a relatively flat backdrop and backed by development, the coastline gets more mountainous as you go toward the southwest, and most of the remaining nude beaches of Almeria are sheltered coves set against rugged backdrops. Between Mojácar and Carboneras, there are two nude beaches that are not too far apart. Playa del Castillo de Macenas 37.0884N, 1.8503W   is mostly in view of the coastal highway and a large coastal resort, but there is a secluded corner of the beach hidden by the slope of the land, and a few nudists gather there. A more remote nude beach is reached by starting at Playa del Castillo de Macenas and traveling south a few kilometers along a twisty, unpaved road that follows the coastline. At the end of the road are two coves that comprise Playa del Sombrerico 37.0608N, 1.8552W  , and nudists are often present at the more hidden of the coves.

      A bit farther south, there is a vast, arid, mountainous area known as Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, which covers about 400 square kilometers and is one of just a few corners of Europe that is classified as a desert. About a quarter of Almeria's coastline lies within Cabo de Gata-Níjar, which was designated as a park in 1987 and protected from further development. The town of Carboneras is an enclave near the northeastern end of the park, and there are a handful of smaller villages that are also enclaves. Just south of Carboneras, Playa de los Muertos 36.9501N, 1.8977W   is an expansive, very beautiful and often crowded beach that is the most popular beach in the park. Los Muertos is mostly a textile beach, but nudity is acceptable at the far southern end. However, nudists are typically outnumbered by textiles (and sometimes vastly so) even in the traditionally nudist area.

      Moving farther south in the park, there are several other beaches where nudists are a more substantial presence than at Los Muertos. Near the village of Agua Amarga, Cala de Enmedio 36.9328N, 1.9466W   and Cala del Plomo 36.9226N, 1.9549W   are nearby coves that are both quite isolated, and both often have nudists majorities. Cala del Plomo usually has larger crowds since it is possible to drive all the way to it, and camper vans often form a backdrop for nude and textile bathers. However, Cala de Enmedio is the nicer beach of the two, with a much deeper pocket of sand and a more idyllic backdrop, but it is harder to reach, requiring either an all-terrain vehicle or a hike of at least a kilometer. Similarly, getting to Cala de San Pedro 36.9031N, 1.9796W   just north of the village of Las Negras also requires a substantial hike, but this beach nonetheless has a loyal following of visitors, most of them nudist minded. San Pedro retains a counterculture flavor owing to the hippie encampment that sprung up there during the 60's, elements of which still survive. On the opposite end of Las Negras, the main cove of Playa del Playazo de Rodalquilar 36.8628N, 2.0050W   tends to be all textile, but there is a separate, semi-isolated niche where nudists gather on a tiny patch of sand and spill over onto the rocky ledges.

      As you travel toward the southernmost part of Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park along the through-road that is closest to the coast, just past the village of San José the asphalt ends and the road turns to gravel for 8 kilometers. Along this unpaved stretch, there is a multitude of coves that we will call the Cabo de Gata South Beaches. Some of the coves are textile, some are predominantly nudist, some draw a mix of nudists and textiles, some have a nudist-to-textile ratio that varies depending on the overall size of the crowd, and some are usually deserted, even at peak times. Starting closest to San José and going westward, the coves that have a nudist presence are: Playa de los Genoveses 36.7411N, 2.1215W  ; Cala de los Amarillos 36.7365N, 2.1190W  ; Cala Principe 36.7333N, 2.1234W  ; Cala Chica 36.7326N, 2.1265W  ; Cala Grande 36.7320N, 2.1303W  ; Cala del Lance del Perro 36.7306N, 2.1327W  ; Calas de Barronal 36.7297N, 2.1395W  ; Cala de la Media Luna 36.7312N, 2.1517W   and Cala Carbón 36.7299N, 2.1568W  . The adjacent coves that are collectively known as the Calas de Barronal, which stretch roughly one kilometer, draw the largest crowds of nudists of any of the beaches. All the beaches of the area are exceptionally beautiful, and all are located within a span of about five kilometers of coastline.

      Unlike most of the previous listings for Almeria, going all the way back up to Playa de los Muertos, Playa de Cerillos 36.6978N, 2.6603W   is NOT in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park but in the town of Roquetas de Mar, west of the city of Almeria. Cerillos is vast beach backed by salt marshes that offers ample space for nudity.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Casa Rio Vera    37.2772N, 1.7788W     E
          Cuevas del Almanzora

     Vera Playa Naturist Complex    37.2231N, 1.8057W       beach 
          Vera

            Apartamento Vera-Playa FKK    37.2218N, 1.8088W     S, E

            Bahía de Vera    37.2224N, 1.8065W     S, D, E, F, G, I

            La Menara    37.2243N, 1.8060W     S, D, E, F, G, I

            Marina Natura    37.2238N, 1.8025W     S, E

            Natsun    37.2254N, 1.8016W     S, D, E, F, G

            Parque Vera    37.2255N, 1.8043W     S, D, E, F, G, I

            Torremar Natura    37.2226N, 1.8090W     S, D, E, F, G, I

            Vera Natura    37.2230N, 1.8038W     S, D, E, F, G, I

            Vera Playa Club Hotel    37.2270N, 1.8002W     S

Granada      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      The storied city of Granada is famed for its Moorish architecture, most notably the Alhambra palace. The city is not on the coast but about 65 kilometers inland, surrounded by mountains. The province of Granada extends into the interior such that it has just 81 kilometers of coastline, or about 70 kilometers measured more linearly—considerably less than that of the other four coastal provinces of Andalucía. It takes just an hour or so to traverse the entire coastline of Granada by car, and along that fairly short stretch there are four well-established possibilities for nude bathing. Toward the far eastern end of the provincial coastline near the coastal village of La Rabita, Playa del Ruso 36.7502N, 3.1863W   is the most obscure of these four beaches. Although just below the coastal road, there are no signs that mark the steep trail leading down to the sparsely attended beach. Most who find their way there enjoy the beach in the buff. In the middle of Granada's coastline, Playa de la Joya 36.6962N, 3.4737W   is a beach that is just as hidden as Playa del Ruso, and it is similarly very easy to drive past its access point without ever knowing it was there, but there is a key difference. While El Ruso is not close to any major towns, La Joya is immediately east of the resort town of Torrenueva, close enough to be within walking distance of many of the town's hotels. La Joya is a well attended nude beach compared to El Ruso, but at the same time it is a quiet alternative to the overcrowded textile beach of Torrenueva, which is less than one kilometer away yet a world apart.

      Toward the western border of Granada, there are two nude beaches within the municipal limits of Almuñécar, both on the western side of the old town core of the coastal resort town. Closer to the town center is Playa del Muerto 36.7315N, 3.7215W  , a small cove at the base of a cliff at the end of the urban development of Almuñécar. It is a hidden nudist niche despite being very close to a residential area. A little farther west, Playa de Cantarriján 36.7376N, 3.7768W   is literally at the provincial border of Granada and Malaga, but it is the most popular and most highly regarded of Granada's nude beaches. Cantarriján is an exceptionally beautiful beach that is divided into two coves by an outcropping. While one cove is more favored by nudists, nudity in fact occurs along the entire beach.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Eagle Peak Apartments    36.7347N, 3.7101W     E
          Almuñecar

Jaén      MAP

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Casa Quince    37.4945N, 4.0170W     E, S
          Alcalá la Real

Malaga      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      The province of Malaga has 208 kilometers of coastline (counting all the twists and turns), or about 150 kilometers measured more linearly, and in tourist lingo it is known as the Costa del Sol. Since circa 1950, this part of the Spanish coastline has been radically transformed into a mecca of international tourism. The Costa del Sol has become the place to go for the quintessential Spanish beach holiday, and the name alone carries a certain cachet. The province of Malaga is busy, bustling and full of sun-seeking expats. At the eastern end of the province near the border with Granada, there are three adjacent coves on the periphery of Nerja that collectively span about one kilometer and have two names among them: the eastern and middle coves are known as the Calas del Pino 36.7465N, 3.7998W  , while the western cove is Playa de las Alberquillas 36.7490N, 3.8071W  . Nudists and textiles mingle at all three of these beautiful coves, which are accessible by short but steep downhill hikes from the coastal road that runs above them. It is also reasonably easy to hike over rocks from one cove to the next.

      Farther west, about halfway between the Granada border and the city of Malaga, Playa de Almayate 36.7252N, 4.1100W   abuts a naturist retreat called Camping Almanat (listed farther down). This nude beach is attended both by Almanat guests and the general public, and it can be accessed by paying to park at Almanat next to the most crowded part of the beach or by parking for free next to the more lightly attended end of the beach.

      The large city of Malaga is the capital of the province of the same name. On the periphery of the city near the airport, Playa de San Julián 36.6548N, 4.4676W   is an urban beach with a 400-meter-long stretch that is signed for naturist use. Despite the signage, there are often lots of textiles in the nudist zone, but this is the closest nude beach to the biggest city of the Costa del Sol. A bit southwest of the city, Benalmádena is a popular resort town with lots of modern hotels. Tucked away amid this dense development, Playa de Benalnatura 36.5802N, 4.5539W   is a tiny niche of a nude beach where swimsuits are virtually non-existent. At the beach bar, a sign mandates that patrons must be naked in order to be served.

      Continuing southwest from Benalmádena, Fuengirola is another large resort town of similar character. At the edge of the town, technically within the limits of neighboring Mijas, Playa del Chaparral 36.5062N, 4.6518W   is an urban stretch of beach next to the busy coastal highway that was officially designated for nude use in 2010. Southwest farther still is Marbella, a destination for the jet set that is the toniest resort town of the Costa del Sol. About halfway between the town centers of Fuengirola and Marbella, Playa de Artola (Cabopino) 36.4851N, 4.7466W    is a lushly sanded beach backed by a large field of sand dunes. Its the most popular nude beach in the province of Málaga and has a notable gay presence.

      Estepona is near the western end of the Málaga. At the edge of town, Playa de Arroyo Vaquero 36.4062N, 5.1873W    is the formal (but seldom used) name of the beach that abuts the grounds of Costa Natura, the second largest naturist resort in Spain (listed farther down). It is attended mainly by resort guests but is accessible to the public.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Apartment Borzoi    36.4379N, 5.1249W     E
          Estepona

     Camping Almanat    36.7264N, 4.1138W     S, D, E, F, G, I, P      beach 
          Almayate, Vélez-Málaga

     Casa Palmeras    36.4922N, 4.7248W     E
          Mijas

     Costa Natura    36.4072N, 5.1874W     S, E, F, G      beach 
          Estepona

     Finca Los Etera    36.8314N, 4.6481W     E
          Alora

     Finca Rojo    36.7584N, 4.5931W     E
          El Sexmo, Cártama

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Finca La Maroma    36.8437N, 4.0770W     E, F, G
          Sedella

     Los Curríches    36.8847N, 4.3771W     E, D, F, G
          Colmenar

PLACES TO STAY—ADULTS ONLY (not suitable for minors)

     Casa Patricia    36.8252N, 4.7030W     E
          Alora

     La Macarena    36.7893N, 4.0729W     D, E, F, G, S
          Vélez-Málaga

     Nice 'n Natural    36.7568N, 4.4868W     E
          Málaga

Cadiz      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Cádiz is the southernmost province of mainland Spain, and it has 285 kilometers of coastline (counting all the twists and turns), or about 200 kilometers measured more linearly. That coastline borders three major bodies of water: the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Cádiz contains the westernmost segment of Spain's Mediterranean coast, and that segment of the coastline of the province is oriented mostly toward the east. There is just one established nude beach in Mediterranean Cádiz, and it is a fairly obscure stretch of beach called Playa de Guadalquitón 36.2545N, 5.2928W   . Although not one of the more renowned nude beaches of the area, it does have a breathtaking view of the Rock of Gibraltar, which is about 12 kilometers away as the crow flies. Spain's Mediterranean coast comes to and end at Gibraltar, a tiny British territory that is an appendage to mainland Spain and famous for the aforementioned mass of rock. Continuing west, the next part of the coastline of Cádiz is along the Strait of Gibraltar, which links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. The country of Morocco in Africa is on the other side of the strait, and at the strait's narrowest point the distance between Europe and Africa is less than 15 kilometers. For an east-west distance of roughly 50 to 60 kilometers, the two continents are relatively close together. Tarifa, the southernmost town of mainland Spain, is at approximately the centerpoint of the Spanish coastline of the strait. On the western periphery of Tarifa, Playa de Bolonia 36.0685N, 5.7409W    is located along the part of the coastline where the strait begins to widen, opening up to the Atlantic. One of Spain's most unique nude beaches, Bolonia has a number of notable features, including a view of Africa across the strait (at least on clear days). The beach also has shallow "pools" of sorts that are sheltered swimming areas formed naturally by a small reef. The reef pools are located 2 kilometers from the nearest parking in the village of El Lentiscal, but nudity is possible well before the pools for those who don't care to walk that far.

      If you started in Tarifa and followed the Atlantic coastline toward Portugal, you'd be going in a northwesterly direction. Conil de la Frontera, typically truncated to just Conil, is a town distinctive for its densely clustered whitewashed structures, and it is one of the larger towns along the Atlantic coastline of Cádiz. There are at least six well-established zones of nude use that are relatively close together in the general vicinity of Conil, and these six areas are spread over a distance of just 23 kilometers. We'll refer to these six beaches as the Conil nude beaches for short, even though some of them lie within the boundaries of neighboring municipalities. Starting in the southeast and going northwest, the first of the Conil beaches is Playa de los Caños de Meca 36.1820N, 6.0002W   , and it seems to be the most popular of the nude beaches that are near Conil. The nude part of the beach is a sheltered and very scenic area that is backed by a cliff, extending eastward from the village of Los Caños de Meca. Just a few kilometers away on the opposite side of the village, the second of the Conil nude beaches is the part of Playa de Zahora 36.1850N, 6.0358W    that abuts Cabo de Trafalgar, a rocky mass atop which there is a very tall and prominent lighthouse. For a nude beach, it is surprisingly exposed, being very close to the lighthouse and the houses of Zahora. However, it has a particularly nice expanse of sand where nudists and textiles mingle freely, with textiles usually being in the majority.

      Continuing northwest, the third and fourth of the Conil nude beaches are Playa de la Mangueta 36.2105N, 6.0576W    and Playa de Castilnovo 36.2535N, 6.0830W   . These nude areas are on either side of the village of El Palmar, and they are actually part of the same long beach. While La Mangueta consistently draws small crowds of bare bathers, there are fewer nudists at Castilnovo just because that stretch of the beach draws fewer overall visitors. From Castilnovo, the cluster of whitewashed buildings that constitute the town center of Conil are prominently visible a few kilometers up the coast.

      The fifth and sixth of the Conil nude beaches are located on the other side of the town center toward the northwestern periphery of Conil, and they are close to one another. Cala de Melchor 36.2963N, 6.1271W    is a small cove that is the largest of a chain of coves that span about one kilometer. The other coves are niches so tiny that they do not have distinct proper names. Melchor and its minuscule satellites are visited mostly by nudists, and they are a short walk from Camping Cala del Aceite (listed farther down), which has separate nudist and textile areas for campers. If you were standing at Cala de Melchor facing the ocean, off to your right you'd see a lighthouse in the distance, about 1200 meters away as the crow flies. That lighthouse marks the southern end of another chain of coves that extend northward about 2 kilometers to the neighborhood of Roche (part of Conil). While some of these coves have distinct proper names, they are collectively known as the Calas de Roche 36.2990N, 6.1443W   . While nudity may potentially be encountered at any of the Roche coves, nudity patterns seem rather fluid, dependent mainly on crowd size. Generally, you can expect the northern of the coves (nearest the houses of Roche) to be mostly textile, with mixed nudist and textile use toward the middle of the span and a nudist majority at the southern coves, nearest the aforementioned lighthouse. The Roche coves are significantly larger and more popular than Cala de Melchor and its neighboring coves.

      All the really popular nude beaches of Cádiz are in the vicinity of Tarifa and Conil. Continuing northwest beyond Conil, there are a couple more established nude beaches, but they are fairly obscure and minor compared to the ones mentioned in the preceding paragraphs. About halfway between Conil and the border with Huelva, the city of Cádiz is the capital of the province of the same name, and it is very uniquely situated on a narrow spit of land that essentially parallels the main coastline, with the Atlantic on one side of the city and a large bay on the other. Playa de Levante 36.5524N, 6.2250W    is situated on the opposite side of that bay near El Puerto de Santa Maria, with the peninsular capital city about 6 kilometers across the water as the crow flies. Levante is an expansive sandy beach that has an officially signed zone of nude use, but it does not draw large crowds of nudists, probably because the industrial structures on the bay side of the city of Cádiz render the setting less than idyllic. Farther northwest, Playa de Punta Candor 36.6346N, 6.3940W    is on the periphery of the town of Rota, secluded by a grove of trees yet very close to the outlying development of town. Nudity is customary along just a short stretch of the beach.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Camping Cala del Aceite    36.2993N, 6.1236W     S, E, F, G      beach 
          Conil de la Frontera

Huelva      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Huelva has 122 kilometers of coastline (counting all the twists and turns), or about 100 kilometers measured more linearly, and it is the only province of Andalucía where the coastline is entirely along the Atlantic Ocean. Compared to the rest of Andalucía, the coastal terrain of Huelva is relatively flat, and thus the region is characterized by very long, broad, sandy beaches backed by large expanses of sand dunes. Toward the eastern end of Huelva's coastline, the coastal towns of Matalascañas and Mazagón are about 25 kilometers apart. There are limited pockets of development between the two towns. This area offers seemingly endless remote expanses where nudity can be practiced, but there are two areas in particular where nudists tend to cluster: Playa del Asperillo 37.0683N, 6.6854W    (also known by the name Cuesta Maneli) and Playa del Rompeculos 37.1030N, 6.7544W   . These beaches, which are quite similar in character, are actually just segments of the same unbroken beach that goes on an on, and the access points to these segments of the beach are about 7 kilometers apart.

      Moving west toward Portugal, the estuary of the rivers Tinto and Odiel breaks the continuity of Huelva's coastline, and the provincial capital (also named Huelva) is just slightly inland from the coast at the confluence of the two rivers. On the west side of the estuary in the general vicinity of the provincial capital, Playa de los Enebrales 37.1908N, 6.9972W    is a large beach near the town of Punta Umbría, and the beach takes its name from the scenic coastal forest that forms its backdrop—"los enebrales" means "the junipers." Nudity is well established along part of this spacious beach. Farther west, Playa Flecha de Nueva Umbría 37.2061N, 7.1704W    is a beach near Lepe that is accessed by following a rutted road through a coastal marsh. Just after you cross the boardwalk over the dunes, you will immediately see a sign pointing the way to the nudist zone. Beyond the initial crowd of nudists, the beach continues nearly 10 kilometers farther, with no other points of access, before ending at a river delta. Thus, the westernmost nude beach of Southern Spain is also one of the longest. Most of it is deserted. Continuing west along the coastline, the next well-established nude beaches are across the border in Portugal.




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