The Independent Traveller's Greek Island Hopping guide gave Karpathos a 3 out of 10 rating for nudism. These ratings seem to rarely be updated, and can be misleading, but on this occasion 3/10 probably isn't too far out.
Amopi / Ammopi / Amoopi
When you drive from the main road down to the coast, you turn right at the signpost for "Lakki Beach hotel". You may not drive further than the hotel, because then you cannot drive back again up the hill. When you come down to the coast line you walk a couple of yards to the left. There are steps down to the beach. There are umbrellas but no taverna. This was the most southern of the the four beaches at Amopi. My correspondents found the beach to be 50% nude and ranked the beach only 20% (July 2003).
Reports from 1998 and 2001 describe this as a very nice beach, clear water and lots of fish, good for snorkelling. Only about 15 mins by bus from Pigadia, then walk to the right (south) along a proper path above the shore. There's a rock about 150m from the shore where you can climb up and jump into the water, and the snorkelling is good. Amopi is really four beaches, two of them were suitable for naturism, and 90% of the people were naked. The beaches are small and intimate, quiet and relaxing .The sunbeds and umbrellas have seen better days, they are in poor condition. A Barefooter who reported in May 2007 rated it 100%.
Unfortunately the Captain hears that the Beach pictured here is now closed for nude bathing. There is a big sign "NO Nudity - City of Karpathos". In 2003 a new hotel (the Captain hears "Agean Hotel") - opened above the beach and the owner of the hotel leased the beach and changed it to a non-naturist beach. But now one beach before (it is the 3rd) is 100% naturist. However the Captain also hears, as of August 2006, that it is very crowded, with 10 umbrellas.
It appears that the advice above is correct. Barefooters who visited Amoopi in July 2011 found no evidence of naturism at Amoopi - indeed, even topless sunbathers/swimmers were in a small minority. Not recommended. Slightly tired sunbeds and parasols packed into the relatively small beach. Mainly middle-aged couples with a few families.
Update from Shehulk July 2016: Me and my husband were here but found no sign of nudity. The small beach pictured here can only be accessed by the ocean, we were not keen on swimming that far.
[Can anyone help to locate this beach, please?]
Golden Sands is said to be a popular beach. There is another quite nice beach on the other side of the small village. If you walk to the very far end of that beach you come to a more rocky part of the beach. It is a sandy beach that slopes quickly into the sea. The water is amazingly clear. When we went there, it was about 10 more small groups of nudists on. My contributors started to see nudists quite close to the textile beach, but recommend continuing further along to the cliffs, that way you will get more privacy and possibility of shade during the hottest hours. So, quite quiet and very nice nude swimming, with calm waters. But, remember to bring water and food, because there are no tavernas. But, that also means that the place is quiet.
Lefkos is known to have the best beaches on Karpathos. It is situated about 30 km north west of Pigadia (or Karpathos city). It is a wonderful trip on mountain roads and along the western coastline.
Lefkos has four main beaches, the southern three of which are textile. At the end of the last beach up north is the Sarris Hotel near where you can park. From there it is an easy 10 minutes walk along a wide track to the first beach, which is the biggest. Mix of pebbles and sand, with easy access to the sea. Usually 100% nude, with a mix of couples and families and the odd single, of either sex. It has fine sand, rocks at both ends, is about 200 metres long and has no toilets, umbrellas or tavernas.
The water was wonderful. At the end of May there were about 20 people on the beach, nearly 100% nude, and at least 50% women. My Barefoot correspondent rated it 80%.
Barefooters who visited on two days in July 2011 found the beach to be virtually 100% nude, with only a scattering of people, but quite exposed, with waves crashing onto the shore making swimming difficult for all but the most accomplished. Nevertheless, they rated it 85%, enjoying walks along the shore and splashing in the waves. Not being young or mountaineers, they didn't try getting to the further beach mentioned below.
Beginning of September 2014: Mostly naturists on all sandy patches all the way from Hotel Saris to the west (Socastro islet). Main beach in this area was nearly 100% nudist, not crowded, with a mix of couples of all ages and a few singles (male and female). No big waves at the time, sandy ground, with some rocks though, easy to enter the water. A few nude people were also found at the very end of the textile beach, near the rocks & cliff just below the Saris hotel (now abandoned).
When you walk another five minutes you arrive at another beach, very steep to get into, and quite small. Ten people were there, five couples. My correspondent says "probably you had better be young to get there." I assume he means in order to be fit enough to make the climb.
These beaches are smaller and with a difficult climb to get down, but worth the effort as these are the better ones.
Barefooters who reported in August 2006 thought this the best beach on Karpathos. It’s on the east coast (sheltered from Meltemi). From Pigadia, take the road to Kira Panaghia. When you leave the main road, drive down to the sea for 3.1 km and on the right you’ll find a dirt road (1.8 km) that goes to the beach. The road is quite awful, but if you drive slowly it’s safe. There is no sign and the fork is hard to see. If you lose it, go to Kira Panaghia and turn back: after 1.7 km you’ll see the turn on your left.
The southern part of the beach is sandy but textile. The northern part is composed of three beaches separated by cliffs. The third is the longest and the nicest. Small pebbles and some sand, beautiful water. Our Barefooters spent some days there with a few other people and all of them were nude. There is no taverna so you need to take food and drink with you, but there are some sunbeds you can freely use - if you arrive first!
It’s not easy to get there, but it’s worth it. From Spoa, take the road to Olimbos (it was under construction when this report came in during August 2006, but can be used with some caution) and after 10.8 km follow the signs for Aghia Minas. After nearly 1 km follow the sign for Agnontia (on the right). After 2.3 km of a quite awful road, you’ll get to a beautiful and lonely grey pebble beach. Barefoot reporters went there twice and were nearly alone all the time. 30% of the few other people were nude. The water is very clean but a bit chilly. No food and water, but quiet and wilderness.
A small sandy beach near the Airport. To get there, take the dirt road around the airport, heading west. When you see a new stone house in the middle of nowhere, turn left and you have arrived. The small beach has an even smaller cove in its western end. There is room enough for 2-4 persons, so if you are first to arrive, you’ll be the “owner” all day long. The rest of the beach is textile, but that little spot seems to be mostly used by nudists.
Pouliou To Potami Beach
Report by Shehulk from July 2016: Me and my husband found this secluded beach located in a crack between cliffs. It was perfect for bathing nude if you want to be by yourselves. The dirt road here is fairly good, it takes only 10-12 minutes to drive from Pigadia, was not an issue for our compact car. We parked along the dirt track only 30 metres away. At first the beach seems impossible to climb down to, but there is a small path along the side which was easy to walk down on. It's not an official nude beach, but it was so secluded we were able to go here every day and spend the day nude by ourselves. The only downside was some trash left in the pit, but it was not on the beach itself.
Report by shehulk July 2016: Me and my husband had tried to visit all the nudist beaches on Karpathos listed on this page. The closest to an "official" nudist beach we found was Diakoftis. To drive here you need to take the dirt road around the entire airport, but don't worry it's in good condition. When arriving here you will see the clothed beach where all the cars are parked and a small cantina. You will also see that on the opposite side of the dune there is a similar beach, just walk the 30 metres or so across. We were surprised to see everyone here totally nude, and a fair mix of men and women. The beach has umbrellas and beds for rental (the people supervising these were the only ones not nude) so this is as close to an official nude beach as it gets on Karpathos. Only downside is both beaches are very windy some days, the sand was whipping us quite hard. There are no waves though.