The Algarve: a dream for nudists
Nudists and all people who prefer to tan naked on their perfect holiday will be pleased in the Algarve. Portugal is a safe and tolerant country where topless tanning is allowed and full nude tanning is tolerated in many places. In addition there are official nudist beaches to be found. Here we will list the top 10 one of a kind nude beaches of the Algarve, so you can choose the best beach to spend your next holiday.
Praia de Faro
Faro, the capital of the Algarve, has a very large beach which is several kilometres long. This beach is called Praia de Faro. From the mainland, there is a bridge that connects you to the beach. The majority of the people stay near the area of the bridge. However, if you walk left from the mainland bridge, the more quiet it will become. After about 30 minutes walk, you will find the nudists area. This unofficial nude beach in the Algarve is perfect if you don’t like to be surrounded by too many tourists. Praia do Faro is beloved among the locals. Go here for the ultimate peaceful holiday.
Praia do Canavial
Near Lagos there are many special beaches to be found, known for its beautiful rock formations. One of them can also be enjoyed nude. Praia do Canavial is a small beach that is not easily accessible, but when you have entered, you don’t want to leave. Enjoy the crystal clear water and the majestic rock formations. At this beach you will make the most beautiful scenic pictures. Feel one with mother nature at this amazing nude beach.
Praia do Homem Nu
This official nude beach in the Algarve is called Praia do Homem Nu, which translates to Beach of the Nude Man. It is located near Tavira. The beach stands out because of its beautiful white sand. It is very long and wide and therefore never overcrowded. When on holiday in the Algarve, don’t miss out on this precious beach.
Meia Praia is the largest beach in the region of Lagos and very popular among locals and tourists. On the eastern side of the beach close to a natural bay called Ria de Alvor you can find a 400 metres wide stretch of beach, which is officially reserved for naturists. This clean and sandy beach is the perfect tanning spot that you can combine with cool refreshing dips in between. Even in the summer, the water can be fairly cold in this part of the Algarve.
Praia do Barril
Praia do Barril is the first official nudist beach of the Algarve. The beach is famous for its beautiful white and soft sand and is located approximately five kilometres from the town of Tavira. Praia do Barril is considered to be one of the most quiet beaches in the Eastern part of the Algarve. It takes a 24 minute walk of 2 kilometres from the entrance point to get to the peaceful nudist area.
Praia das Adegas
Praia das Adegas is located in the West coast of the Algarve, near Aljezur. The beach is surrounded by high cliffs which gives it a good secluded feel. It is listed as an official nude beach in the Algarve. The small beach is unspoiled, there are no houses and restaurants to be found. There is however good parking space and you can access the beach via a long wooden stairs. Here on the Atlantic Ocean, the waves of the sea can be very strong. Adegas is the perfect nudist beach for people who love being in the wild and rough nature.
Praia da Bordeira
Another amazing beach in the Western part of the Algarve where nudism is tolerated is Praia da Bordeira. It is located near the town of Carrapateira. This unofficial nude beach in the Algarve is a rugged force of nature, with over 3 kilometres of uninterrupted sand, garnished by limestone cliffs and extensive ancient pine dunes. The wind and strong waves attract surfers and nature focused tourists. It is your ideal choice for a day away from mass tourism.
Praia do Beliche
The perfect nudist beach has soft sand, a secluded feel and is easy accessible. In the Western Part of the Algarve you will find a beach that ticks all these boxes: Praia do Beliche. This golden beach is surrounded by impressive cliffs and is ideally located near the town of Sagres. At the top of the beach there is a parking space, a café, restaurant and hotel. The strong tides make it a popular spot among surfers and the cliffs provide perfect shelter for sun lovers. Praia do Beliche is considered to be the best beach in the region. An unofficial nudist beach in the Algarve not to be missed!
Praia do Traval
Praia do Traval is garnished by red sandstone cliffs and a beautiful pine tree forest. It is located in Central Algarve, in between the luxurious Vale do Lobo and the old town of Quarteira, with its long boulevard. The beach and sea of Praia do Traval are commended because of its cleanliness. A great beach for sun seekers where nude tanning is tolerated.
We end this list with the most hidden nudist treasure of Portugal: Ilha Deserta (Deserted Island). Ilha Deserta is a remote beach near Faro, where even in summer there will only be a handful of people. There are no permanent inhabitants living on the island. You will find only one building: restaurant Estimané for fine quality fish and other Algarvian specialties. The beach of Ilha Deserta is truly magnificent with white sand that goes on for about 7 kilometres. Also, the water here is exceptionally clean. The nudist area can be found on the western side of the island, about 30 minutes walking from where the ferry arrives. Go here for the ultimate peaceful paradise experience.