Throughout Greece, naturism is only allowed in a few licensed
areas but it is tolerated in a number of places. Most of these places
are quiet, remote beaches or coves. The situation might change suddenly
(often when a beach canteen is built a "No nudism" sign will appear)
or seasonally (for example at weekends and in July and August when
many Greek families go to the beach) so do use your common sense.
Remember that you are a guest in this country and avoid deliberately
shocking your hosts. Crete is still a deeply traditional place and
being nude on a beach may embarrass the locals.
Topless sunbathing is fine almost everywhere, unless the beach is situated right
in a village.
Most of the beaches where you can bare it all are on the south coast
of Crete. These are, anticlockwise from the south-west of the island:
A part of the long sandy beach is still used by naturists. To the
east there is also the beach of Anidri.
The eastern end of the beach is a nudist beach.
Away from the main beach, go eastwards and cross the Samaria river.
Situated an hour's walk east of Agia Roumeli. A long and almost
Sweet water beach (Glykanera)
A spectacular beach located about halfway between Loutro and Hora
Just outside of Hora Sfakion, this is the beach of the naturist
About one kilometre east of the main beach there is a very nice
sandy beach where naturism is OK, especially at its eastern end.
a long beach which may still have a naturist section.
Further to the east there is a very long beach stretching
all the way to Agios Pavlos
(not the same as the one mentioned above). Plenty of scope for naturism.
To the north of Matala, probably one of the best naturist beaches
on Crete. Komos is a nesting site for sea turtles and great care
should be taken not to disturb them.
Also offers plenty of opportunities for nudism.
Further on, East Crete does not seem to offer much
The North of Crete does not offer many opportunities
either, apart from small coves here and there.
Beside the listed beaches there are of course plenty
of tiny coves everywhere for you to discover.
A good source of up to date
information is Cap'n Barefoots Naturist
Guide to the Greek islands, an extensive
site about naturism.
You will find up-to-date
information about naturism in Greece, South-west
Crete and North