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In recognition to Milla de Plata (beach for nudism)

Although La Milla de Plata beach appears in our catalog-guide (page 31) as an alternative site for nudism and known to us for many years, the truth is that we did not frequent it much.

On the other hand, in this season that now comes to an end, it has become the most visited by us. This has been mainly due to the impossibility of enjoying Cala Arenas , seriously affected by the invasion of the Rugulopteryx okamurae seaweed. Since Cala Arenas is the closest beach to our residence, we had to use our resources to replace it, at least temporarily.

First, the reference towers that define the beach, in the background Gibraltar and Jbel Musa, the mythical columns of Hercules.
First, the reference towers that define the beach, in the background Gibraltar and Jbel Musa, the mythical columns of Hercules.

The specific place is between the pair of high tower towers of Torreguadiaro to the south and the rocks that separate it from Cala Sardina to the north. In the middle of this stretch of coast is the small hotel of La Milla de Plata, from which the beach takes its name. The southern half, that is between the hotel and the apartment towers, is the quietest for nudism and although it has more rocks it is always possible to give us a refreshing soak in its transparent waters. There we have seen some that others practising nudism, always without conflicts with the other bathers.

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Source: Nudismo en el Campo de Gibraltar

Original publication 18 October, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th October 2019

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‘Like animals in a zoo’: nude swimmers hit back at South Head proposal

Nude bathing enthusiasts have slapped down a plan to build an elevated walkway through the clothing-optional Lady Bay beach near South Head, saying it will expose them like animals in a zoo.

The $80 million proposal, which would include a three-kilometre wheelchair accessible path through the national park, has been met with strong opposition by locals and nudists.

John, left, and a fellow nudist at Lady Bay beach.
John, left, and a fellow nudist at Lady Bay beach. Edwina Pickles

London-based financier Angus Murray plans to transport tourists to the small headland via a private, ticketed ferry from Circular Quay. The plan would also refurbish the park’s eight heritage buildings and restore the war tunnels at Signal Hill Battery.

The hedge fund millionaire says he feels compelled to repay the environment after shooting African game earlier in his life.

In order to ensure the trail would be wheelchair accessible, Mr Murray said a 60-metre long elevated walkway would need to be constructed at Lady Bay beach, a popular destination for nude swimmers.

While Mr Murray said the walkway would include a “privacy screen,” some nude swimmers say it would wreck their privacy.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Original publication 18 October 2019

Posted on NatCorn 26th October 2019

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Why I Went to a Nude Beach in Greece, and Why You Should Too

I stand at the top of a cliff looking over the Mediterranean Sea on the island of Agistri in Greece.

I’ve just hiked and “scrambled” (a new hiker’s term I learned for this experience — when the hill is too steep to walk normally, but not quite extreme enough to qualify as rock climbing) my way up a narrow, rocky path through the pine forest, with no map to guide me but the ocean on my left telling me I’m heading the right way.

I’ve reached my destination. Below me is a hidden beach nestled between the sheer cliffs, and sunbathing on it are roughly twenty or thirty naturists, also known as nudists.

Greece borders the Mediterranean Sea and has many beaches.
Greece borders the Mediterranean Sea and has many beaches. Achterberg visited one of these beaches, which happened to be a nudist beach. pixabay.com

An old, fully clothed man is sitting in a lawn chair a little way away from me on the rocks, and as I squint at the cliffs trying to spot a path down to the beach, he yells something in Greek and gestures for me to come over to where he is.

“Milate Anglika?” I ask as I approach; it means “Do you speak English?”

“No English,” he says, but gestures to his eyes indicating that he is going to show me something. I join him at the cliff edge and he points out a steep path around the rocky outcropping below us that leads to the shore.

“Efcharisto!” It means thank you, and I am so grateful I do prayer hands and bow my head too.

As I start to leave for the path, he calls after me and starts speaking in Greek again and pointing to his lower calves and then to my hiking shoes. I have no idea what this could mean, and I don’t know enough Greek to ask him, so I just pretend to understand and assume I’ll figure it out as I go.

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Source: The Whit Online

Original publication 15 October 2019

Posted on NatCorn 23rd October 2019

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My Favorite Nude Beach in the World

The beach itself is beautiful, but what makes it remarkable are the demographics it attracts and the liberating sensation unique to this place.

It was another Sunday morning on Balmins Beach. A group of naked old men were gathered in a circle, one of them holding hands with his unclothed 5-year-old granddaughter. The old guys were chatting and chuckling, oblivious to the fact that the little girl’s eye line was located at a pretty interesting angle.

“Oh my God,” drawled my visiting American friend, a New York assistant district attorney. “That’s a crime scene right there…”

Courtesy of Barcelona Tourism
Courtesy of Barcelona Tourism

In the U.S., maybe, but here in Catalonia, Spain, being publicly naked on a beach is still the ultimate sign of liberty. On Balmins Beach in the cosmopolitan town of Sitges, famous for its association with Picasso and Dali and the jet set of the 1960s, the right to be naked and proud is as deeply ingrained as the insistence on speaking Catalan or the unspoken pressure to eat a weird kind of barbecued leek called calçots on Sundays in the winter.

But even by the standards of Catalan nudist beaches, Balmins, 30 minutes south of Barcelona by car, boasts a demographic unparalleled by any other nudist beach I’ve ever been to. Calçots eaten with the traditional almond and red pepper Romesco sauce is actually a great combination, but the reason I bought an apartment in Sitges 17 years ago is Balmins Beach with its utopian mix of gay men, Catalan bourgeoisie, and senior citizens and their grandchildren.

They all co-exist in a fascinating way that reaches its apotheosis on weekend mornings when imperious Catalan couples are out in force with their pristine sun loungers and their copies of La Vanguardia. As they liberate bosoms from bras and buttocks from underpants, they hardly notice the gay men with expensive cock jewelry strutting along the shore. The gays will, however, respectfully defer their frolicking when they pass groups of au naturel women of a certain age, ample legs planted confidently in the surf discussing the latest Spanish royal family scandal or the best way of cooking cuttlefish and potato stew.

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Source: The Daily Beast

Original publication 10.10.19

Posted on NatCorn 12th October 2019

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Naked run organisers in northern France ‘overwhelmed’ by interest
Organisers of a naked 6km running race have had to impose entry limits after being overwhelmed with the level of interest in their event.

The Hauts-de-France Naturistes group were astonished when a post promoting the first ever nude run in Berck-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais département was viewed 600,000 times on Facebook.

The post, featuring a stylised drawing of naked runners, asked viewers: “Do you like to run naked or have you always dreamed of doing it? Come and join us on Sunday, September 22th on the naturist beach of Berck.”

The 6km beach run is organised by a local naturist organisation.
The 6km beach run is organised by a local naturist organisation. AFP

“We didn’t think we would arouse such interest,” says Philippe Lehembre, president of the Hauts-de-France Naturistes.

“It’s true that this is the first time we’ve organised a race, but we do activities all year round,” he told Le Parisien.

In fact local officials became so worried about the potential size of the event that the group was forced to apply for a permit and limit numbers for the race – which consists of two laps around a 3km circuit on the beach – to 60.

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Source: The Local

Original publication 5 September 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th September 2019

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7 nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset
Time to change into your birthday suit

Unfortunately for local naturists, Somerset is somewhat lacking in nudist beaches.

However, for those who enjoy total freedom on the coast, there are several options a short drive from the county.

The law is slightly patchy surrounding nudist beaches, according to The Beach Guide, but as long as one does not ‘harass, alarm or distress’ others, then it is perfectly legal.

There are several nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset
There are several nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset Getty

As we reach the end of summer, this could be the last opportunity for nudists to make the most of the sunny weather.

Here are seven nudist-friendly beaches just a short drive from Somerset.

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Source: SomersetLive

Original publication 24 AUG 2019

Posted on NatCorn 8th September 2019

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No clothes? No problem for visitors at ‘naturist’ camp in Croatia

As an early pioneer of nudism, Croatia’s idyllic Adriatic coast has a long and storied history of people stripping down to swim and commune with their surroundings in the naturist tradition. But as the once wildly popular trend struggles to attract new followers, devotees are grappling with how to harness Croatia’s booming tourism industry to revive the glory days.

“For me, naturism is freedom,” says Dusan Salomon, a Slovenian who has been visiting Croatia’s largest naturist camp with his wife for nearly 50 years.

A tourist enters the water at the Kanegra naturist campsite, near Umag, in northern Croatia
A tourist enters the water at the Kanegra naturist campsite, near Umag, in northern Croatia

The 65-year-old man, who lives in Germany, also jokes that it is a frugal style of vacationing since they save money on swimsuits.

“Everyone feels more free (here), one is what one is,” adds his wife Katarina, sitting in the shade next to their trailer.

The couple consider themselves lucky to have a daughter and 20-year-old grandson who also join them for summers at Koversada, the sprawling naturist complex based around an islet off Croatia’s northwestern Istria peninsula.

By and large, the camp clientele is aged over 40.

“For younger generations, naturism is simply not sufficiently attractive, as it was to their parents,” says Nenad Skuflic, camping manager of Adris Group, which runs Koversada.

At the camp, whose pine forested grounds spread out over some 100ha, guests are generally naked as they stroll around, play sports or ride bicycles outdoors.

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Source: Star2

Original publication AUGUST 20, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 3rd September 2019

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NAKED THEFT Barcelona now so ravaged by tourist muggings that cops are giving out robbery ‘survival kits’ to victims on the beach
BARCELONA has become so besieged by tourist thefts that police are handing out survival kits to beachgoers who have their clothes pinched while taking a dip in the sea.

The initiative is particularly appreciated by nudists visiting the beaches of Sant Sebastia or Mar Bella, according to reports.

The Urban Guard of Barcelona is looking after victims of theft by giving them bags containing four practical items – flip flops, a T-shirt provided by Barcelona City Council, trousers and a one-way Barcelona Metro ticket.

El Pais reports that the “theft kit” is especially designed for holidaymakers returning to their belongings on the beach after a swim, only to find their gear has been swiped.

Cops in Barcelona have special kits to hand out to holidaymakers targeted by criminals on the beaches
Cops in Barcelona have special kits to hand out to holidaymakers targeted by criminals on the beaches GUÀRDIA URBANA

Since the holiday season began, cops have handed out 174 kits between May 27 and August 21.

This is a rise from three years ago, when 120 were provided from May to September.

The jump echoes a rise in reported crime in the resort location, with deputy mayor Albert Batlle saying there’s a “security crisis”, including at its crowded beaches.

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Source: The Sun

Original publication 26 Aug 2019

Posted on NatCorn 30th August 2019

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We spent a day in Sandy Hook at NJ’s only nude beach. Here’s what to expect if you go

“Nude bathers may be present on beach” warned a sign near the packed parking area of Gunnison beach — a strip of sand and sea in the Gateway National Recreation Area separated from other Sandy Hook beach-loungers by grassy dunes.

The presence of nude bathers is the only reason my friend and I drove an hour and 15 minutes to Gunnison beach — the only legal, clothing-optional beach in New Jersey, a destination for naturists (another word for nudists) along the Northeast coast.

A sign in the parking lot warns people that nude bathers will most likely be seen on the beach.
A sign in the parking lot warns people that nude bathers will most likely be seen on the beach. Rebecca King

An impressive mini-plaza with outdoor showers, bathrooms and two food trucks welcomed us. Those trekking in were still clothed, lugging beach chairs and towels.

As the dunes gave way to the shoreline, everything looked like a typical beach. But soon, flesh-toned forms came into focus. Some were as naked as the day they were born. Some were wearing bottoms, no tops; some tops, no bottoms. Very few were completely covered by bathing suits.

The crowd was as diverse as the colorful umbrellas that poked out of the sand — folks of all ages, skin tones, shapes and sizes were sleeping, swimming, playing volleyball.

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Source: North Jersey Record

Original publication Aug 13, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 29th August 2019

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How a beach becomes nude, and why people like getting naked in public
Walk along the coastline of Waiheke Island and you may stumble upon a nude beach. But who decides if a beach is nude or not, and why do people like getting naked in winter?

Take a walk along the coast of Waiheke Island and you’re likely to find fat kererū on sagging branches, classic fish n’ chip shops and nudists.

They pop up out of the woods without warning. Crisscross around the beach boulders, or over the spiked black rocks and there you have it: Nudity and a kererū on the sea shore.

Waiheke Island's Little Palm Beach is one of the many nudist-friendly beaches around New Zealand.
Waiheke Island’s Little Palm Beach is one of the many nudist-friendly beaches around New Zealand.

Even in the middle of winter, when the clothed beaches remain almost empty and people steer clear of the Hauraki waters, you will still find a few bare bottoms on Waiheke’s Little Palm Beach.

There was news, recently, saying nude beaches were becoming less popular worldwide – but New Zealand appears to be bucking that trend

For instance, the Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary in a few weeks.

The club, which owns its own retreat in the forests of Ranui out in West Auckland, includes more than 200 paid members who enjoy being free of clothing.

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Source: Stuff

Original publication Aug 11 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th August 2019

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Argus reporter puts on his birthday suit for Brighton nudist beach anniversary
“SOCKS on or off?” I holler through high winds to the photographer.

Off. I’m going the whole hog. It’s the 40th anniversary of the day Brighton decided to open Britain’s first nudist beach, and I’m wearing my birthday suit for the occasion.

It’s a nippy day out on Black Rock naturist beach. The few hardy nudists hunkering down in the shingle are loath to expose themselves to a fully clad reporter.

Argus reporter Laurie Churchman at Brighton Nudist Beach
Argus reporter Laurie Churchman at Brighton Nudist Beach

So I’m meeting them on their own terms.

Kit off, I’m better equipped for the job. But I’m surprised by how quickly the thrill wears off too.

In the easterly patch of Brighton beach set aside for naked bathers on August 9 1979, between the sea and the pebble mounds that shield naked bodies from prying eyes, nudity is no big deal.

But in Brighton 40 years ago, it was anything but.

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Source: The Argus

Original publication 9th August 2019

Posted on NatCorn 22nd August 2019

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The virtues of nudism and the 5 best beaches to practice it in Spain
The number of people who practice nudism in our country has not stopped growing in recent years, although it is still far from the usual figures in other European countries. Is it a simple fashion or is it a way of understanding life? What benefits does your practice have? What are the best nude beaches? Questions with answer.

The latest figures indicate that Spain is about to reach the figure of one million habitual practitioners of nudism in Spain. The increase experienced in the last decade has its logic: our country has about 8,000 kilometers of coastline in which are some of the best beaches in the world where you can carry out this way of living and feeling that is nudism .

We are still far from the figures recorded by other countries in our environment but our offer of beaches, campsites and other facilities makes nudist tourism increase every year and that encourages the development of this custom among our citizens.

Those who practice nudism on a regular basis insist, first of all, on the feeling of freedom and fullness that goes without clothes in everyday situations. In the case of nude beaches , direct contact with the sea water and the surrounding nature provides a pleasant feeling that can be much more intense than if it is done with some clothes on. It is a way of parked for a moment what some call “the repression of the fabric.” And that release produces several advantages.

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Source: Periodico

Original publication 09.08.2019

Posted on NatCorn 21st August 2019

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An eye-opening hour at Kent’s little-known nudist beach on the Isle of Sheppey
The naturist hotspot at Shellness is a short distance from Leysdown

A short distance away from Leysdown beach lies a hidden stretch of shore.

For those in the know, Shellness is one of the most popular nudist beaches in the UK.

It is a true naturist hotspot.

We thought we’d pay it a visit to find out what it’s really like.

Welcome to Swale Naturist Beach
Welcome to Swale Naturist Beach

As I drove past the main beach at Leysdown, I wondered just how far down the beaten track I would have to go to find it.

The answer was a further half mile of undulating, pothole-pitted, tyre-scraping, off-piste road.

No-one would come down this lane by accident.

Parking my car next to a dozen or so others, I walked up the grass bank to catch a first glimpse of the sea.

The sea was not what I saw first.

Beyond a sign welcoming me to the Swale Naturist Beach strolled a man in nothing but flip-flops without a care in the world.

I walked further in to take in my surroundings.

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Source: KentLive

Original publication 6 AUG 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th August 2019

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Sunbathing warning: How to protect yourself when suntanning naked – skin cancer risks
Ditching swimwear on holiday is no longer taboo with over 22 per cent of Britons opting for sunbathing in the buff. How can you still protect your delicate areas when tanning naked?

Almost a third of Britons dare-to-bare and reveal they prefer to wear no clothes while on holiday. With naturist beaches fast becoming the new travel hotspots, getting that all over tan is more popular than ever before. This trend looks set to continue with 27 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds choosing to one day getting their kit off, saying they are up for it in the future. When it comes to sunbathing ‘au natural’ 31 per cent prefer tanning naked. However burning one’s bits is the reality for most so how can you protect yourself when tanning in the nude?

Sunbathing warning: Precautions to take when sunbathing naked
Sunbathing warning: Precautions to take when sunbathing naked Getty Images

Research from Hotels.com and the British Skincare Foundation looked at Britons attitudes to sunbathing in the buff. It found that half of those surveyed over 55, admit they don’t always use sun protection when exposing those sensitive areas to the sun.

Almost two thirds admit they don’t always use sun protection, 41 per cent claim to find it’s easy to forget and shockingly, 7 per cent never wear sun cream at all.

What’s more, almost two fifths of 18 to 24 year olds are not aware that it’s even possible to get sunburnt down under, with many finding out the hard way.

When it comes to burning their private parts, six per cent admitted experiencing the pain, 14 per cent have caught the sun while sunbathing topless and one in five have come back from the beach with a burnt bottom.

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Source: Express

Original publication Aug 6, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 17th August 2019

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Tell me how you are and I will tell you which beach in Fuerteventura to go to
The Canary Island in five essential beaches

Whether you run away from the wind and the crowd or dream of a calm sea, as if you are looking for the perfect wave or postcard photo, Fuerteventura has a place reserved for you.

Fuerteventura from beach to beach
Fuerteventura from beach to beach

If we were to define the beaches of the island with few words, these would be white sand, turquoise waters and wind! But there is a corner where you can take refuge from it, we have found it in the northwest, in El Cotillo, where La Concha beach is located. The residents have managed to sunbathe with peace of mind creating small circular walls of volcanic stone, called corralitos.

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Source: Conté Nast Traveler

Original publication 05.08.2019

Posted on NatCorn 16th August 2019

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