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Another One of the Bucket List: First Visit to a Nude Beach in Spain

By James

A quiet main street greeted me as I got off the bus on a Saturday morning in February. The bus that carried on my two and a half hour trip from Seville disappeared indifferently around the corner on route for Ayamonte, the end of the line. Nearing ten o’clock in the morning, the sea haze and clouds tried their best to block out the sun and keep the temperature cool. Being approximately 10°C at that time it was good thing I was still wearing my jacket. Walking from the bus stop to the nearby seashore, I made my way through a wide deserted promenade – this was first view seaside town of La Antilla.

After a breakfast of tostadas and coffee, I promptly made my way down the beach – Playa La Antilla. It had been about a month since I arrived in Seville and I was finally about to do what I promised myself I would do when I first touched down on Spanish soil – go full on naturist on one of Spain’s beaches. I have done naturist before in Ireland for sure, but never in a foreign country, so this was a big deal for me personally. Since this was a month overdue, I was rearing to go.

But first I had to leave the textile dominant Playa La Antilla and head directly west along the narrow spit of sand better known as Punta Nueva. And that meant encountering my worrying sign – crowds of textiles on their morning walk on the beach. Was this what it was going to be like the whole way?

Thankfully, as the sun gradually burned away at the clouds overhead and made them vanish, so too did the throng of textile morning walkers gradually dissipate.

An hour or so into the walk I had reached the dividing line between Textile and Naturist zones. There were a lot of textiles about, but by the time 12 o’clock had come, and people had got their morning walks in, the beach was largely deserted. It was then I took my cue, and liberated my body from its prison.

At this point I had a vast expanse of beach before and after me, my only company the solitary speck of a person over the horizon who you would never meet. The vast never-ending deep blue of the sky above only added to the enormity of my surroundings.  I took the opportunity to explore the adjacent dunes and take several swims to cool myself down, I dried myself off simply by walking under the beating sun above me, no towel required. The less fabric required in a place like this better.

Around this stage of my trek the temperature must have been in the low to mid-twenties degrees Celsius. Judging by the heat and sweat pumping out of me I was not going to argue otherwise. To our Irish readers, this is a typical February temperature in Spain.

I continued my walk close to the end of Punta Nueva before heading back to base. As sun beat its radiance down upon my naked body I was glad in the knowledge that my rather large tan line, borne of the Irish winter, had something to think about.

By the time I arrived back at the dividing line between the textile and nudist sections of Punta Nueva at 5 o’clock, I finally encountered other fellow naturists, even if they only numbered in the half dozen. Not seeking to waste this opportunity, I decided on the spur of the moment to add to their number and spent the next hour sunbathing nude, tossing and turning periodically to ensure both sides were properly covered by the Spanish rays. It was a nice end to an otherwise solitary day.

Of the approximately twelve miles round trip on Punta Nueva, I estimate I spent eight of those miles naked – and barefoot. Aside from the first few minutes after stripping off, I was almost oblivious to the fact that I was nude throughout that time. 

Arriving back at La Antilla, I had a dinner of Solomillo and Potatoes over a copa of Rioja, watching the same sun that graced my bare skin descend over the horizon on the nearby Algarve coast of Portugal. And I sat there thinking to myself at the end of this first-time experience – what other naturist beaches has this part of Spain to offer?

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  1. Alan Rayner says:

    Excellent way to fulfil a personal commitment but two questions arise:

    a) How does one cope with carrying one’s clothes on a eight-mile hike?
    Does this not detract from some of the sense of freedom?
    Wherever possible it is good to “arrive naked, depart naked” so that
    undressing and dressing do not intrude on the experience.

    b) On 6th December 1978, Spain adopted one of the most liberal
    constitutions in Europe. It is claimed that it incorporates the right
    to be naked in public places – through the right to wear whatever
    one wishes (presumably including the wish to wear nothing!)
    I live in Spain for part of the year and I regularly go to and from the
    beach completely naked. Initially this was to the surprise of local
    residents but they soon became accustomed – especially those
    who bring dogs to the beach soon after first light. Sadly I need to
    use the car for shopping so that I can don minimal clothing (two
    items) just before entering the village shop and remove such just
    after leaving the shop.
    My question concerns whether the author of this piece has yet
    explored the legal position in Spain (nudity is permitted only in
    public places as proprietors of private places can insist on what
    visitors wear on their premises – many prohibiting beachwear).
    On a few occasions I have been questioned by the Guardia
    Civil but they have never issued a “denunciation” and they
    let me go on my way after I explain the constitutional right.
    Theoretically the position has been the same in Ireland
    since March 2017 when the new law came into force – but
    this is not protected by the constitution and the law seems
    not yet to have been tested in court.

    Overall, congratulations to the author on this initiative. It
    is to be hope that many other people will be emboldened
    as increasing numbers exercise their right to be naked.
    The only difficulty is that one cannot legislate for the
    weather and so not every day is suitable for walking
    in the public domain.

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