Crete Beaches

Kreta is full of nudist beaches which are licensed or non-licensed. In non-licensed nudist beaches naturism is sometimes forbidden during the weekends, in July and August when many families with their children go for swimming so be careful. Sometimes they put signs to prevent swimmers from taking off their swimsuits but topless swimming is very common everywhere. Below you will find some of Crete's nudist beaches which are mostly on the southern part of the island.


This is a very popular beach situated 500m before Sfakia and used by hotel Vritomartis where you may also see the residents walking around the hotel areas naked. It is divided in two parts one for everyone and one only for naturists.

filaki beach filaki beach

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is an impressive beach between Loutro and Sfakia that you can only reach by boat. For that reason, it is more isolated than the other beaches. Near Loutro there are also four more beaches for naturists that you may want to visit. Pervolaki, small Pervolaki, Timios Stavros and Marmara.

glyka nera beach glyka nera beach


If you decide to go to Sougia choose the eastern edge of the beach for skinny dipping.

sougia beach sougia beach


Plakias is a huge stretch of golden sand which is the continuation of the village's big beach. There are sun beds, umbrellas and showers for naturists as well.

plakias beach plakias beach


Near Plakias village you will find Ammoudi, a holiday resort where there are some nudists. Their majority though prefers to swim in Ammoudaki which is in a small cove on the right of Ammoudi

amoudi beach amoudi beach


Palaiochora has long sandy beaches that can also be used by nudists.

Agios Pavlos

You will get there after an hour of walking east of Agia Roumeli. The beach is very large and practically deserted. The walking distance is the reason that prevents people from getting there but it is certainly worth the effort.

agios pavlos beach agios pavlos beach


Lentas is a beach that many naturists show a preference to and it would be a good idea to visit it among others.


Matala were known during the sixties as a hang-out for hippies who used to sleep in the caves. To the north of Matala you will find probably the best nudist beach of the island, Komos. To reach it you can either walk or drive. While strolling on the beach be extra careful of the sea turtles since this is one of the places that they hatch their eggs. There is also a taverna towards the south.

kommos beach kommos beach

Agia Roumeli

Far from the main beach as you move towards the East opposite to the direction of Samaria river you will find a nice beach ideal for skinny dipping.

agia roumeli beach agia roumeli beach


I am referring to Gavdos since it is a beautiful island located very close to Crete and can be reached by boat on a daily basis from Agios Nikolaos (Lasithi) or Elounda in Crete. This location is ideal for naturism and many nudists show preference to it. The most popular nudist beach of the island is Agios Ioannis where the percentage of naturists reaches up to 100%. The majority of Greek nudists seem to prefer Gavdos for swimming.

gavdos island - nudist beach gavdos island - nudist beach
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