Paros

A correspondent tells me he found a Greek tourist brochure about Paros which includes this:

"Go naked!

"Messada, Lageri and the back area of Ag. Ioannis will be the beaches, which you can visit if you like enjoying water full naked. "

Paros is an excellent place to stay if naturism is your priority.

Ormos Naousis area (North):

Lageri/Laggeri/Langeri

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Many of my contributors think this among the best beaches in the Cyclades; one said it was reminiscent of the South Seas, another claimed to be in heaven there. The water is clean, you can walk along the beach. Nudity is 95%. No tavernas, sometimes there is somebody with a cold box containing drinks where the boat lands, but bring your own water and food. The beach is clean with rubbish collected regularly. It is quiet and peaceful. Some contributors offer ratings of 98% or even 100%! Another says in August 2015 - "Lageri remains the main and most beautiful place for naturism in Paros … and why not among many other Cycladic islands?"

In the past the Captain himself unhesitatingly rated it 100%, it is one of my favourite naturist beaches. On the basis of a recent visit (in a September), however, it must be said that it has transformed into something of a gay mecca - this may make some people feel uncomfortable. But this is not a small beach and there is plenty of room for everyone.

Follow signs for Santa Maria. Two kilometres after the electricity generation station, you will see a taverna on the right (remember its location, for it is the closest to the beach). To the left, a picturesque bay, causeway and peninsula can be seen with a picture postcard church. Not far from this point there are some natural-stone-faced apartments with creamy-yellow shutters. Just after these buildings there is a narrow tarmac road to the left, which has a shrine but only one sign (in Greek) for the church. This road leads to farm gates, where the tarmac ends and it is probably easiest to park here. Follow the road to the left past the farm buildings to an easy path which leads to that same picture postcard church (Zoodohos Pigi) that you saw earlier. Follow the path and soon you will come across some sandy coves. Nudism can begin here.

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The Captain has been sent directions in the opposite direction which are reproduced that way so as to avoid mistakes … ! There is a path that leads to the main road going back to Naoussa town. It is a bit north of the route described above as the way to get to the beach by car. The footpath starts at the beach from the south side of the marker house, going inland and then south again (there's also a dirt road going parallel to the beach, up the hill to the house visible in the picture above, and this may be the old way to get to the beach by car). A few minutes later one comes across a gate, intended to keep out cars from entering the path. There's a sign on it with 'cattle range - keep closed at all times' in Greek and English. At this time of the year there were no cattle to be seen, nor any cow droppings, as my contributor walked the path. From that point on it's downhill along a dirt road up to the main paved road. There are salt fields ('alikès' in Greek) on the other side of the road, which goes north to Santa Maria beach, and south back to Naoussa. The salt fields are just along the main road from the point described above as the 'yellow shutters' intersection. The existence of the path leading to the main road is of use to anyone who is looking for a way to get to Santa Maria on foot, since the two beaches aren't connected by boat.

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Going to the beach by car could become difficult. The lady owning the farm, where most beach visitors used to park, posted parking prohibition signs. However you can drive further till you see the salt lake on the right side, turn left towards Laggeri Apartments, then right again just before entering the apartments house. A locked gate with a picture of a cow - even if no cows in sight. Park your vehicle on the right side. This is the (private) road used by the entrepreneurs building the new houses. Tip: Rent a bike and carry it over the gate and just ride on to the beach as one contributor did. It takes about 15-20 mins by bicycle from centre of Naoussa or an hour and a half walking.

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Lageri is a huge semi-circular bay facing west and therefore it is possible on different parts of it to find shelter from or exposure to winds from different directions. It is 800m long and 10m from water line to the top of the beach. It consists of fine golden sand. At the easterly end of the beach (furthest if coming by boat, closest if coming from the direction of the church) the beach is backed by dunes. There are no facilities at all and it is best to bring all you need. The nearest taverna is the one on the Naousa to Santa Maria road, but this is about 2km from the beach. At the east end, at the dunes, there are some trees for shade, but these are snapped up by early arrivals to the beach. Access to the water is easy and it is safe. There was no litter at all.

This beach is backed by beautiful flora, especially at the eastern end. Lageri is usually almost 100% nudist and is well populated. Most are couples and some single people of both genders. There were about 120 people on the beach (June 2003) and there was a positive naturist feeling of relaxation.

Earlier reports described this as a spectacular beach. The area south of the jetty was about 95% nude, almost all couples (met people from Ireland, France, Denmark, Germany). North of the jetty was clothed. .

For some years there were concerns about the future of this unique beach. In August 2000 the whole land behind the naturist part of the beach was sold for 12 million US$ (a huge sum by Greek standards).

A big house was built just behind the main part of the beach and other development was taking place too. And the unspoilt landscape of Laggeri is gone. When you look from the southern part of the nude beach your view is obstructed by the three constructions.

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Another contributor, in the cause of investigative journalism, walked along the road to Santa Maria and back over the hill to Laggeri. He was shocked to find new developments up the hill including one development of some 10-12 apartments. You cannot see these from Laggeri beach but for the holidaymakers who stay there in 2004 Laggeri will be the nearest beach unless they like the dubious and noisy charms of Santa Maria.

There are regular reports of a textile invasion during high season - August. This happens quite widely in Greece during the peak season, unfortunately. Reports from September indicate that by then the beach was its old, delightful self.

On the brighter side, several reports say that nude visits to the construction site are proving a popular excursion. And a more optimistic report says this last bastion is holding quite well. Nudists have always outnumbered textiles even in August. In early September the percentage of nudists approached 100%. A friendly guy is now selling drinks and snacks.

Rumours in the village suggest that the owners of the house are nudists themselves. If so, this could be good news for the future of the beach. That rumour is corroborated by a report from August 2002 who saw visitors to the development site arrive by helicopter and, after an inspection, they stripped, swam and sunbathed nude. A report from mid-2006 suggests that construction at the southern end of the beach has come to an end because of financial problems.

Nevertheless the beach was being well used by naturists; what's more the Captain fully endorses the views of previous contributors. Swimming here was an absolute delight, with the water in the sheltered bay being warmer than in more exposed places.

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The easiest access is by beach boat from Naoussa. The boat cost €5 for the return trip in summer 2009. From the place where the boat drops you, walk east until you have passed the houses. Naked people can be found here, but the best part is 200-300 metres further (right before you come to the rocks), about 10 minutes walk from the boat. If you pass the rocks you find also another small beach before you see a house. Behind the beach you have bush formations and there is no trouble walking nude a little around here and along the beach. On this part of Laggeri about 80% of the people were naked (June 2001).

Keep an eye on the time and be sure not to be late for the last boat back to Naoussa! The boat can be very pleasant and sometimes quite a thrill when the wind blows.

Barefooters report that construction work on the houses behind the beach does not appear to have affected things. It's unclear what will happen to the uncompleted buildings behind the dunes.

Despite a wicked Meltemi on the first day, the beach was sheltered, and many Barefooters note a lagoon-like aspect. The church end is definitely the most pleasant part (if also the busiest, although spotlessly clean), and the swimming is quite excellent, with archaeological interest coming from the rock-cut channels and salt-filled basins of this part of the Paros coast. A heavenly place to finish a fantastic holiday, and now one of my contributor's all-time favourite nude beaches. (It features in quite a lot of Barefooters' favourites!)

One (Greek) contributor implores everyone: "Please keep coming, we need to maintain this very last paradise."

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However, the Captain is beginning to hear repeated and worrying reports of overt sexual behaviour by gay couples on the beach. Barefooters who visited in May 2007 reported that the dune area at the south of the beach was full of single men and male couples. There was a lot of "looking, talking and visiting" going on, to the extent that they did not feel comfortable. In August, one family was evidently so upset by such behaviour that they called the police - who turned up and forced everyone to cover up. Various other reports confirm this disturbing trend.

It makes no difference whether the perpetrators are gay or straight. The Captain does ask users of the Guide to respect the distinction between the beach and their bedroom. Not only is it inconsiderate to other users of the beach, improper behaviour can result in responsible naturists losing the use of wonderful places like this. The last thing we need is more "no nudism" instructions.

On a Sunday in late August 2010 while there was some cruising undoubtedly going on, it was probably constrained by the wide distribution of nude female groups throughout the dunes and not just along the shore. Food for thought there….

Worst Part of the Beach

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From where the boat drops people off - to the left / North there is a small beach with sun loungers and a superannuated fridge used for selling soft drinks & water melon from during July & August (although 2001 reports suggest that the superannuated fridge may have been - er - pensioned off and no drinks were being sold). This beach is very prudish (not even topless or thongs) and where a fair proportion of the punters dropped off by the Caique seemed to stay. In the evenings when we walk back to catch the boat we always covered up when we came here. It seemed mostly teens & twenty-somethings who stopped off here (a fair proportion local Greeks).

Mediocre Part of the Beach

Surprisingly occasionally some nudists stay North of the house (which is 200 metres south of the jetty) near the start of the beach (the seabed is partly rocky & you are staring out at the power station, there is sheep dirt here, & it can be extensively textile here), plus as mentioned above those of us who walked back to the ferry nude or topless (or wandered around during the day) felt obliged to think about covering up around here. The "house" marking the division of the textile from the C/O area has erected wire mesh fencing, coming down to the water's edge, but that has been cut down at one spot for the bathers to walk through this now 'private' beach in order to get to the south section.

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Best Bit of the Beach

The best bit of the main beach is the furthermost southerly part between the first minor rock formation & the first small cove / the rocky formation / dunes. Here it is totally sandy, the beach is wide & there is some shelter.
Towards the end of this stretch you have more shelter particularly from bushes on the sand hill / larger rock formation which forms the first cove. The second cove whilst affording more privacy is rockier.

The further south one walks, the terrain evolves from compact sand and low-lying greenery to rolling dune-like soft sand and thicker vegetation that offers a greater opportunity for shade. This section takes up about 3/4 of the whole bay, so there's plenty of space for everyone.

Who uses the beach

The mixture is diverse. A lot of Greeks use the beach at weekends (some by their own boat) many go nude. There seem to be less backpackers using this beach - the line of less resistance is to go to Monastiri - quicker and more frequent ferry. Plus all day techno!!

My contributor, who provided the detailed report above, rated the beach 95%.

The only negative aspect of this part of the beach is that it's at the centre of the bay where the sea flow tends to bring in marine trash onto the shore - there were a few (emphasis on 'few') bits of tar, plastic bottles, and bits of fishing net washed up, which had been collected into a small pile by some thoughtful people. There are a couple of trash bins available.

Recent reports

June: The Naousa Gulf seemed busier than ever, with yachts and small boats, most of them occupying the area close to Monastiri beach. Therefore the beach was hardly nudist but this might not be the case earlier or later during the year. Lageri beach on the other hand was just amazing!! I've visited lots of Greek Islands and I can confidently say that this was one of the best beaches I've seen in my life. During my visits on the beach it was almost 100% nudist apart from some people who kept their clothes on, probably because they arrived not knowing it was a nudist beach. Taxi-boats are now running to and from Naousa from both beaches. Shade on both beaches is limited but most people visiting Lageri had umbrellas. The only one negative thing about Lageri in my opinion is the fact that sometimes I could feel uncomfortable due to the gay men who would often be the majority against couples and singles and some of them would try to show off. Nevertheless that's not the case all the time I hope and the beach is huge so anyone can easily readjust themselves like I did. Lageri in one word is paradise!
Food in Naousa was excellent anywhere and prices seemed reasonable. Also most restaurants are now able to accept credit cards. Accommodation should be fine anywhere as well.

Santa Maria beach

Somewhere hereabouts!?

Make your way to Naousa and follow signs for Santa Maria. Pass the salt pans on your right and continue to a crossroads and take the road on the right. At the first sign for a taverna, turn right and you will enter what seems to be a car park for this taverna. Continue to the beach and follow the water line to the east (right) (?). At the end of this beach there are two very small coves that can be used for nudist sunbathing and swimming.

The beaches are about 15m to 20m long and about 15m from water to beach top. It consists of fine golden sand with pebbles for the last 2m at the top of the beach. There are facilities at the tavern, which is about 100m away, but there is no shade. Access to the water is easy and the water is safe.

There was only one nude man on the beach, but he left soon after my contributors arrived. The cove was, of course, 100% nude (my contributor and his wife), but they felt as though it may not be the norm for this beach.

The adjacent beach was populated by textile Greeks, and although they seemed to accept the idea of nudists in the small coves, I am not sure going for a walk would be so readily accepted.

Because of the feeling that we were nudists on a textile beach, we score this beach 50%. Someone with a thicker skin may have a different opinion. It must be said that this is the first report the Captain has received concerning nudism on Santa Maria so this opinion may well be correct.

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Monasteri

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From Naoussa, at the northern end of the island, it is possible to take a boat to Monasteri Beach (700 dr in May 2001). Walk to the east of the jetty through an abandoned taverna. There are various secluded sandy and rocky coves suitable for nudism on the way. To make sure you hit the right beach, it is the very last one at the end of the path, if you use the small boat from Naoussa.

Alternatively, from Parikia take road to Naousa. Just before Naousa is reached, take the road on the left for Kolimbithres and Monasteri. Follow the road until you pass the boatyard. Beyond this is a taverna car park (but the taverna is said to be expensive by local standards). Follow the mostly easy, but occasionally arduous, path beyond this taverna for 2km to reach Monistiari beach. However, nude sunbathing begins on rock and on small beaches just after the jetty where the boat lands approximately 500m from the taverna car park.

As a third option, it is possible to walk from Naousa via Kolimbithres but that would take about one and a half hours.

The beach is of coarse sand and shingle and the water is clear, sheltered and glorious. Some people regard it as limited in scope, being no more than a large cove with a narrow beach. Nudity was the norm when I visited. Behind the beach a path leads up on to the small peninsula from which there is a panoramic view over the sea: very scenic; no need to take any clothes except sandals. (Rating: 85%).

Monasteri beach is 75m long and between 2.5 and 4m from the water to the top of the beach. The beach consists of hard packed fine golden sand with 1.5m of pebbles at the top of the beach.

There are no facilities nor is there any shade, so come well prepared. Access to the water is easy and the seabed slopes gently. There was some litter, but not a great amount. It must be said that not everyone likes it; views differ.

The surrounding area is so isolated that it is possible to wander and explore for quite a distance without fear of offending a local. A short walk from the beach, over a low ridge there are several areas offering sunbathing and snorkelling opportunities. A little further on there is a small pink pebble beach, which was exclusively occupied by men. The rock formations of the cliffs are spectacular and would be a real treat for any nudist rock climber. The bay attracted a few yachts, which added to the tranquil picturesque scene. There was a relaxed laid-back nudist atmosphere, with the beach being populated by mostly couples, one family and a few single people and a group of three young men (textile). The beach was not entirely nudist, about 50 / 50 at times, but most of the time, nudists made up the majority. At its peak, there were around 11 nudists and 8 textiles.

It is difficult for me to understand why textiles would go to a great deal of trouble and effort to reach a nudist beach when there are better facilities and more comfortable sand at easily accessible textile beaches.

A Barefoot reporter thought the freedom of being able to go for nude walks raised the score and on that basis it rated 75%.

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A correspondent returned here in May/June 1998, having first visited it in 1977. He was pleasantly surprised how little had changed in that time, even though Naoussa has multiplied in size enormously. The beach was as described above: only a dozen people on the beach, 90% nude, and the beautiful peninsula and rocky bay behind it making for nice walks. It looks like it has remained so because of the difficulty there would be in building a road to it, and the rocky path is the only access other than boats. The main change since he first visited is that then it was mainly young, vaguely hippy-ish couples, and in 1998 about 75% gay men and the remainder middle-aged couples (i.e. the same people who were there in the 70s, just older).

The Captain paid a return visit in June 2003 and once again found this a delightful beach, spoiled only by the small but smouldering rubbish dump a few yards behind the beach itself. A number of Barefoot reporters have remarked on this - and the fact that it seems to be a favoured anchor and picnic point for yachts.

One report from August 2004 suggested that the beach had been completely taken over by young Greek textiles. This is the only such report the Captain has received, but it is known that established nudist beaches are sometimes overrun by textiles during the peak season.

In July 2005, a regular visitor reported that there were 10 to 20 couples there, mostly gay men, rarely a clothed couple. This is how it had been for some years.

In September 2006 it was 60% nude.

On the way to Monastiri

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(This is probably the same beach as the one following.)

Described as a delightful beach - nude for the most part. If you have a car, access is very easy. Proceed 0.7 km past the Porto Paros Hotel where you will find a break in the stone wall and a dirt track leading to the water. The track turns right at the water and ends at the north end of the beach. Park and step onto the beach. This beach faces east and is a great morning beach. We used this beach in the a.m. & Langeri (which faces west) in the afternoon for several days.

A Barefoot reporter was able to walk along a coastal footpath almost all the way from the boatyard near the Monastiri Club bar, south to these little beaches, then along the beach through the the Porto Paros hotel grounds, through the waterpark (closed) almost back to Kolimbithres. Just one house with a stone wall up to the cliff prevented the path following the coast the whole way.

Porto Paros

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The Captain has also received a report of a small beach just after the Porto Paros Hotel on the way to Monastiri. If you take the boat to Porto Paros/Aqua Park from Naoussa and walk north 200-300 metres you can find this small beach. When my contributor passed in the end of June 2001 there were around 10 people. 50% of them nude.
Take a path about 200 metres after Porto Paros Hotel just before the first house you come to and after a short walk you arrive at a small nice sandy beach. No facilities but has rubbish bins which are collected regularly. Visited several times June 2000 - mainly 98% nudist mainly couples, families and female groups always more ladies than gents which seems unusual. It is not a large beach but there were usually about 25 to 30 with people coming and going and it seemed several were locals.

From Parikia take road to Naousa. Just before Naousa is reached, take the road on the left for Kolimbithres and Monistiari. Follow this road until the water park is reached on the right. A few hundred metres further on; there is an apartment with a wheat field adjacent to it. There was a small parking area in this field and an easy route of about 100m to the beach.

The beach is 75m long and crescent shaped with the widest part being 6m at the mid point. It consists of fine golden sand with pebbles at the waters’ edge. There are no facilities except for some shade offered by tamarisk trees mid-way along the beach. Access to the water is easy and the seabed slopes gently. As is common with most nudist beaches, there was no litter.

This beach was almost 100% nudist with 30 people naked and only two textiles sharing the beach. Almost all were male / female couples with just a few single people. The view from this beach was fantastic with beautiful Naousa at the opposite side of the bay and the breathtaking display of wild flowers at the edge of the golden wheat field that backed the beach. Another favourite of my contributor, despite its lack of facilities.

In early Sept 2006 Barefoot reporters found and relaxed on this beach. There were very few folk there, all nude, quite a few walking along, no doubt to other little 'coves'. Beach clean, and managed to get enough shelter from the prevailing winds.

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Kolimbithres / Kolympithres

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About 400 metres south of the landing-stage at Kolimbithris there is quite a large protected cove, swimming very good, nudity quite accepted, about 50% of the bathers were nude, others topless, you felt very much at ease if you removed all your clothes. Quite a protected place to go to, if Langeri is too exposed to the northern winds. (June 2001). But other reports suggest no nudism at all. And the Captain's most recent reports suggest it is now far too commercialised to permit nudism.

West Coast:

Krios and Martselo

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According to a report from June 1998: From Parikia there is a beach boat advertising itself as going to Krios and Martsala beaches. If when the boat reaches the jetty you turn left, away from the visible beach, you come in 200 metres to a small beach which is majority nudist: this was popular, 2 or 3 metres of waterfront per party and therefore possibly very crowded in high season. This is Krios Beach. A small wall of stones warns you to bathe only off the latter half of the beach due to rocks. Martselo/Martsala is a small beach with sunbeds which belongs to a taverna, where the boat stops occasionally. In 1998 there was no chance of nude sunbathing in the coves to the left of the jetty - there are now apartments built behind these and the beaches were populated by Greek families.

There are several routes to the rocks near Krios.

1. From Parikia follow the road to Krios. Beyond Krios beach, continue on an easy path to Agios Fokas church for 200m, there are a few areas on the rocks where sunbathing and swimming nude is possible.

2. A short boat trip can be taken from the port at Parikia to Krios. Then follow the coast towards Agios Fokas church for 200m, there are a few areas on the rocks where sunbathing and swimming nude is possible.

3. Following the relatively easy coastal path 3km northeast, then west from Parikia is possible, but it will take an hour, and the boat is so much quicker.

There are only three or four possible locations for laying flat and gaining access to the water. First come first served. If coming by boat or walking, it is possible the dyed-in-the-wool nudist will find nowhere to sunbathe. The beach population at Krios was made up of many Greek families and there were only a few topless women. It seems offence may be caused if nudists were to bathe on Krios beach. There are facilities 100m away at Krios beach. Access to the water is tricky.

There was a fair amount of litter and there is no shade. We score this location 50%.

If you get off at the boat's second and final stop (Martsala) and walk left, you can find a nice sandy cove, gently shelving, pleasant swimming. Some shade from trees. Watch out for the swell from the ferries going to Parikia - my reporters' towels got wet (but quickly dried out in the 40 degree temperature) from it. Only a few people (mainly naturist) there when they visited one morning.

September 2009 - we visited Martsello/Martsala beach in the hope of a naked swim and sunbathe. We were disappointed when we walked the length of the beach and up past all the small coves with no evidence whatsoever of any naturism. Completely textile all the way along, even in the small coves.

In June 2012, we took the ferry to Martsala and walked to this sandy cove, just before the ruins. Only a few folk, all naturist (except my wife, sorry!). Swimming OK too.

Parasporos

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South of Parikia, the beach at Parasporos has, it seems, been designated as a nudist beach. It was dirty, with litter widespread, and the water rough when we visited (however, the Sunseekers' Guide says it is suitable for bodysurfing). There is a taverna. The beach was, however, practically deserted. We stripped off and went for a swim. Whilst we were in the sea an elderly Greek couple, complete with enormous swimming costumes, settled themselves down immediately behind our beach mats, with the consequence that they got an eyeful of us as we emerged from the water. Staying put would have been uncomfortable for us and we had no wish to cause offence to local people so we dressed and settled for a beer in the taverna. (Rating: 20%).

A report from June 1998 speaks of one visit during which there was a nudist couple and sufficient space to go nude likewise. On two other occasions, there was no nudism at all and not enough space to start a trend at a discreet distance from textiles.

More recent reports are fairly clear that whatever the designation the beach is not, in practice, nudist, and has not been since the establishment of the beach club.

Mesadha

According to a report from June 1998: This small beach is located between Pounda and Tsardhakia. Although there is a signpost on the main road, there are so many dead ends that it's easier to find the beach by walking from Pounda.

The beach is composed of stones. Nudity was practised on one of the two occasions my contributor visited. It's the sort of beach where if two textile couples were the first to arrive and positioned themselves away from each other, discreet nudity would not be possible. A recent report describes the beach as not very big and rather scruffy. In May 2001 it was much the same as in 1998, three nudists, a couple and a single man. It is not a great beach and it is on the coastal path, but it is still in use by nudists. In June 2001, 15 people of whom 70% were naked.

A report from July 2002 confirms this beach's usefulness. There were about 4 couples and a few single men, most were nude. The beach is rather untidy but pleasant enough. The beach has some shade and fine sand interspersed with rocks.

A report from August 2003 says the beach was a quiet nice beach difficult to find (turn left in front of taverna among overhanging foliage). The only disturbance is loud music from Pounda beach bars in the next bay north. Shade from tamarisk trees. Pebble beach but sand in sea. Mid afternoon approx 50 people (mainly straight couples) of whom approximately 60% were nude.

Despite the tourist brochure mentioned in the introduction to Paros at the top of this page, there is now a large notice on Mesadha beach saying "Please do not swim nude. Much frequented beach. From Port Authority". On a visit in early September 2006, Barefoot reporters found 6 people, all nude.

Voutakos

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A report from late September 2003 describes this as a beautiful sandy beach, facing south, between Pounda and Aliki. About the only remote beach where there is absolutely no influence of the strong north wind. Since my contributors felt that northerly wind almost the whole time that they were on Paros, this beach was definitely their preferred place. The south side has a lot of rocks, there are houses behind the beach and there is a little port. The other side is a beautiful sandy beach with a wooden jetty. At the north end is another little bay that appears to be preserved for nudists, though you also find them on the sandy beach. This beach is not indicated on the road. You can find it, coming from Parikia, by taking the road to Pounda (where the ferry to/from Antiparos is) and turn left to Voutakos and Aliki. After about 4 km you will see a hill at your right with a big white villa with a blue gate. After 500m you will find a concrete street (30 km/h) at your right, just after a turn right, with villas on both sides. Follow this street straight to the beach. The last 100m is a dirt road. The best beach is the right (north) part.

elsewhere

There are a large number of small empty beaches between Punda (opposite Antiparos) and Alyki. These beaches have no tavernas or bars which means they are not attractive to the average Greek. Take the road from Parikia to Punda and turn left just before reaching Punda direction Voutakos. This road links Punda with Alyki. There is a number of dirt tracks merging with this road. All of them lead to various small beaches. Nudism is possible provided you come first. The southern part of this area is the cape of Makria Miti with a lot of small empty coves. (See on Google Maps) You can reach Makria Miti by entering Alyki from the airport and turning right when you reach the municipal beach. You will pass by a camping site and when reaching the sea you will see a sign indicating that it is a private property and access is prohibited. Ignore the sign and continue (there aren't any private beaches in Greece).

South Coast:

Aghios Ioannis

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This is mentioned in the introduction - some reports would be welcome! Also for:
this seems highly attractive!
Faraggas beach (Φάραγγας)

September 2013 - Faragas- Not previously mentioned in Captains Guide. Walkable from Aliki and car parking off the upgraded south coastal road. When I first visited 3/4 years ago was a very nice quiet beach sheltered from the Meltemi wind and suitable for nudists. Now however textile with cafe, loud music, parasols etc. No longer recommended for nudists unless you are brave.

N.B. Aliki is a growing resort with a good number of hotels, restaurants etc and a suitable family beach. Now on a par with Piso Livardi and may be the next Naousa.

East Coast:

Chrysi Akti

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The beach at Chrysi Akti, also known as the Golden Beach, used to be well used for nudism. There was an area in the middle of the beach, just north of a taverna, where naturists gathered. It is a beautiful beach of sand and it is golden. We were sandblasted by the wind on our visit in the mid-1980s (also, our near neighbour on the beach was doing suspicious things with a telephoto lens which rather spoilt the visit). (Rating: 65%).

However, depressing reports from 1999 and 2000 suggest that nudism on this beach is now extinct. There is development all along the big golden beach and it is a major destination for tourists in general from all over the island. It is covered end to end with deck chairs and beach umbrellas and even toplessness seems rare. The Captain has not received any reports of nudism here now for some years.

However, the bus drops you off near the south end of the beach. If you go down to the beach and turn right, there's a coastal path going further south. It's about 1km to Boutari and Drios. There are some small pebble beaches along this stretch of path, where a Barefooter was able to spend some time nude (my reporter decided to cover up when some elderly Greek couples dropped by for an hour) the only other problem is the pebbles are hard on bare feet!

The Captain also hears that various little 'coves' north of the "Golden beach" towards Drios seem to used by a few naturists. Mostly a scramble down from the walk along the top of the beach, and some seemed quite nice little areas (this report dates from early September 2006).

Pounda/Pounta

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From Parikia follow signs for Marpissa and Piso Livadi. If approaching Marpissa and Piso Livadi from the north, then Pounda is the third road on the left after passing Piso Livadi.

Pounda beach is 100m long and 20m from water to the top of the beach. It consists of fine golden sand. The area used by nudists is at the far end (left) of the beach. There are facilities on the beach and sun loungers and parasols for hire, but this is in the textile section. Access to the water is easy. The snorkelling was very good and the beach was very clean.

Visitors in June 2003 said that the beach is very commercialised with loud music and touts trying to entice you into their bars or onto their beds (sun loungers). The nudists are vastly outnumbered, but there seems to be happy coexistence. A English woman we met, who lives on Paros, told us that during the months of July and August it is not possible to go naked on Pounda as the beach is full of Greek families (see conclusions below).

This beach is very nice, and it has good facilities, but like Santa Maria, my contributors felt like nudists on a textile beach, and because of this scored it just 65%.

Earlier reports have been mixed. According to a report from June 1998: Between Tsardhakia and Logharas: this is a fine beach where there were always nudists at the far end from the taverna which plays loud non-Greek music (at the far end you can only hear the beat).

Another correspondent visited the beach of Pounta in September 1999, it is about 1 kilometre from Piso Lavadi and 0.5 km from Logaras. There is a large sandy beach where about 90% were topless and about 50% naked. The rock section on the left of the beach (when facing the sea) is about 90% naked. This a very nice and relaxed beach. It was clean, but a bit windy. My correspondent rated it 80%.

In May 2001 the north end had the same small number of nudists lying on the sand as in 1998 but the rest of the beach had continued to be developed with beds, umbrellas, tables, bars, tavernas, loud music and a lot more facilities behind the beach. My correspondents got to the south end and saw one nudist lying on the sand behind the beds and were considering walking on to the cove at Mezadha when a flamboyant beach attendant approached and said "have two beds, they are free" and to give him a call if we wanted anything. When they asked about nudity he said that the whole beach was free, people were free to do as they pleased and that he would like the nudists that were along the coast in coves to use his beach. So we used the beds, the only ones of 4 weeks island hopping, and had a waiter service lunch on the beach. Pounda is very like Paradise Beach on Mykonos, very loud music and a young textile clientele, but nudists ARE welcome and! there is something to be said for having a sandwich and a beer brought to your table on the beach.

Despite that apparent welcome a contributor who visited in June 2001 could see no nudists on this beach, and there was a beach patrol car on the road above the beach.

Vigla/Kologeros

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The Captain received two reports about this beach in September 2003. It is easy to find: just follow the indications to Molos. Arriving at the bay of Molos, you go straight ahead instead of turning left to Molos beach. This road turns right and is a dirt road. After about 400m you arrive at Vigla beach. Even on windy days it is somewhat covered as it is facing south-east. This beach is famous because the mountains and the stones all around are full of “Argilos”. All visitors try to take advantage of its curative peculiarity. You take a handful of clay, wet it, apply it all over to your skin and let the sun dry it. It makes you look like an alien from space with your body completely blue. Then you go into the sea to wash it all off. Afterwards, your skin is completely smooth, much more youthful. Put some lotion on, in order to avoid sunburns! Visit this beach and get your beauty care for free. The mud is made from the light-grey layer at the south end of the beach, by mixing seawater with powdered stone. There are some shallow holes made in this layer to make this easier. Recommended, if only for the fun to play with the mud!

This is a beautiful pebbles beach about 100 metres long and surrounded by cliffs. It it is not shown on maps nor is it sign-posted. My contributors visited this beach twice and there were never more than 12-20 people. The first time they visited, they were the first couple on the beach. The next couple to arrive were also nude. But arrivals after that were all textile - some topless.

My contributors' second visit to this beach was for the purpose of doing the mud thing and gathering some of the clay to bring home. This time there were 3 nude women who arrived about the same time we did and they were the only others we encountered as we were only there for about an hour. Based on that experience, you can probably enjoy this beach early in the day but that as the day progresses you will probably have to share it with textiles.

A Barefooter who visited in July 2006 found it completely textile, but he didn't care - his recommendation? "Have fun naked with the clay".

Beach near Molos

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A report from July 2002 describes a beautiful cove with a narrow beach running about 750 metres long. The part of the beach furthest south was all naturist the day we visited, with about 6 young couples there at different times and a few single men. Couples were separated by about 20-30 feet. It was very windy the day my contributors were there. The north end of the beach was inhabited by textiles with children, but were far enough away to be no bother. It seemed well-established that the south of the beach was nudist. There is a taverna about 1 km away

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Heading south, turn left at Marmara. Road is opposite a store front named "Seasons". There is a hard-to-spot sign to Molos in Greek attached to exterior wall of store and the road you take looks like an alleyway. If you miss the turn (very easy to do) turn around when you realize you are leaving Marmara. The right turn to Molos is better marked when heading north. It is 1.5-km to the sea and the road ends at the SOUTH end of Molos Beach which is the textile end. There are also several tavernas in this area across from the beach. A wide unpaved road runs the entire length of the beach and continues north along the coast. Thus you can park your car a few metres from where you want to sit on the beach. It is the NORTH end of the beach where there is no problem with nudism. At the time of my contributors' visit, there were perhaps only half a dozen people on the north part of the beach - all seemingly nude but hard to tell because of the distances involved. This beach, compared to other beaches in the area, is only so-so for beauty and is very shallow for a long way out. Would be good for children.

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