Lefkas aka Lefkada/Lefkatha

Greeks call it Lefkatha (stress on the first "a"; "th" pronounced like in "that"), Lefkas being somewhat archaic. In English it's often translated as Lefkada.

The Captain hears that the entire west coast of this island offers an opportunity for the naturist to indulge. It is very long and going as far South as possible took you away from any crowds. However, it looks as if development is threatening it. The eastern part of the island was rather too populous and there didn't seem to be any traditional naturist sites. There is a lot of coastline only accessible by boat or brave motor travellers and so there may be possibilities here. However, our [original] correspondents were supposed to be learning to sail so didn't explore these possibilities!

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BEACHES NORTH TO SOUTH (all on the West coast except the last one)

Aghios Ioannis

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Barefooters who visited in June 2004 report that this beach is about 2 km from Lefkas Town on the northern tip of the west coast. Whilst not as dramatic or beautiful as the other west coast beaches its access is easier and quicker. The beach is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers and the breeze does pick up during the afternoon. This is centred on the southern part of the beach.

My reporters spent a couple of afternoons at the northern end (beyond the windmills) on a quiet stretch. The other occupants were all nude. This was midweek, at the weekend the beach was full of locals and 100% textile. In summary, worth a visit for a couple of hours if you are too lazy to go further (or walking from Levkas town) and it's midweek. The water was clean, the beach a mix of sand and shingle. It rated 80%.

Update from September 2010; a bit of a surprise package as very easy to get to if based on the East side of the island (in our case Nidri). Go past the windmills and find your own almost deserted spot. The breeze makes it extremely comfortable. Don't be put off by the detritus in the car park, just park and wander over the small dunes to your own beach. Water is just a tad colder but who cares.


Barefooters also "found a very small beach at Gialou Skala down a paved road from the village of Tsoukalides which was 100% deserted when we got there and 100% deserted still when we left 4 hours later, sandy, felt very comfortable".
This appears to be it here.

May / June 2016: Gialou Skala is located exactly as described above. It does come with its share of single men who gawk at naked women and show their erect cocks a bit too often (I mean every man gets an erection now and then, but you hide it, not flaunt it). The beach is quite small with large rocks in the water. Not very comfortable getting through the surf. On weekdays you get the beach all to yourself if you are lucky.


Pefkoulia / Agios Nikitas

The southern part of this beach, which is located just below the Aghios Nikitas village, is completely textile. The nudist part is the northern one located about 2 km north of the village of Aghios Nikitas. If you come from Aghios Nikitas village, turn to the left at the "Cafe" sign and park beside the taverna.

2km before reaching Ag Nikitas, just follow the route for Pefkoulia beach. When you reach the taverna, go right and cross the small bridge. After crossing a small path (100m) you will reach Pefkoulia beach.

It's a nice beach, with soft sand, shade under the nearby pine trees and rates 90%.

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Where you park your car, there is a beach bar with sunbeds-umbrellas and even rooms to rent! A lot of people there too but the beach is very long and most of them stay close to the bar and the sunbeds. As you walk away from the beach bar, you see many free campers under the pine trees and, according to a report from August 2006, nudism varies from 2% close to the bar, to 100% as you walk to the north end of the beach. Long nude walks are said to be possible at this end of the beach. In August 2004 there were 50 or so tents on the beach.

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At the very end of the beach (north), just before the rocks closing the beach, there is a wonderful area, under the pine trees (on some maps also called Pefkoulia beach), made by an Austrian couple in around 1998, and maintained every summer (the Captain's contributor carries out the maintenance). Shade, flat areas for camping or siesta, ideal place for the hot days. But we are warned there is an extremely high risk of fire, so please avoid smoking.

Of the people who use this area over 90% are nude and the vast majority of these are locals. The busiest time of the day is between 2-5 pm with over 80 users in June-July 2001 and about 50-60 people largely Greek in September and October 2001. The area traditionally used by nudists seemed to have a pretty even split of nudists and textiles and both groups existed in harmony, according to a report from August 2004.

If visiting in the latter two weeks of October is is advisable to take refreshments etc as the two tavernas are usually closed at this time of year.

This beach consists of coarse sand; the great advantage is especially later in the year it is sheltered from the wind by the mountains so it really is quite warm. Of course the same mountains provide shade in the summer should you require.

In August 2004 a large number of people had taken to using the large rocks that separate the beach as a launch point for motorised hang gliding.

Barefooters found this beach a naturist's paradise in August 2007. Nice light-coloured sand, not too crowded.

Due to the large crowds I would advise anyone visiting the beach in peak season to take along their own food and water. One pair of Barefooters had to wait 2 hours to obtain food at the taverna. Of course the same advice applies out of season when the taverna is closed.

Barefoot reporters were there in the first two weeks of June 2007. During this time the number of tourists increased gradually and so did the number of textiles. But anyhow, walking from the restaurant brings you in less than 10 minutes to a mixed zone of textiles and naturists (50/50). Beyond this zone it is mostly naturist beach enabling to allow long walks northwards. It is funny to see how some "lost" naturists lie between many textiles on a Sunday when the beach is very crowded. But still very relaxed.

Visitors in 2010 first passed the beach without noticing it. The name Pefkoulia is not mentioned anywhere (or just very difficult to find). Past the taverna the beach quickly changes from textile to textile + a few nude bathers. Walk another 100m along the beach and you'll find that all people around you are in the nude. It may well be the busiest nude beach at Lefkas, with camping people on the hill behind the beach. The beach is mostly sand with a few bigger rocks in the sea. Not as many insects as on other beaches (like Kathisma) in 2010.

Summer (August)
Pefkoulia confirmed being a nudist-friendly beach in its northern part (right after the rocks on the right side of it if you face the sea). Being the nude area pretty wide and starting with a mixed part, could be a good compromise for couples and/or families where not all members are nudists. Lots of families in the mixed area, more couples in the northern part which anyway we, a family of 5, preferred. In our opinion it was way much more beautiful, sandy, easy to reach and comfortable than Milos.
Going into the water is also less steep than Milos (good if you have kids) and if you like snorkelling you can enjoy the presence of lots of fishes because of its submerged rocks.

Reaching to this beach is pretty easy as it is just a couple of kms north of Agios Nikitas. If you park on the main road, just beware of the falling rocks from the mountain. The tavern offers free showers and a non-nudist swimming pool.

On the other side, Agios Nikitas is not nude-friendly at all (or at least anymore). You can go topless but not seen any nudist.

Visited Pefkoulia in August. Everything is the same as described in previous posts, the only slight drawback is large amounts of various litter at several spots in textile part of the beach. Other than that the vibe is still magical.

Milos Beach

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Located just over the hill south of Aghios Nikitas village, this beach is, together with Egremni, absolutely the best nudist beach on Lefkas (though it must be said many reports say exactly this about different Lefkas beaches). The sand is excellent although composed of fairly sizeable grains, and there is sand also on the sea bed. The setting is beautiful and the beach is large. My contributors estimated that about 75-80% were nude, mainly at the northern end. If you are not sure where to lay down, try one of the ends. At the southern end it is possible to get shade in some caves.

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Apart from the taxi-boat from Aghios Nikitas, the only other way to the beach from land is by way of a footpath over the hill from Aghios Nikitas.
The path begins on a stairway just to the right of a restaurant called "Milos Restaurant" and is highly recommended for its beautiful views (see photo on the left).

Nudity is very acceptable (the Taxi boat drops you away from the nudists to be discreet).

The beach is well known & accepted by locals and the busiest time is from 2pm onwards, although this is an overstatement because you are at least 50 feet from the next people.

The beach can also be reached by 2 taxi boats, the "Express Milos" taking only 3 mins from Aghios Nikitas (cost 3 Euro return). The second (slower) boat carries on to visit the north end of Kathisma Beach. There are no umbrellas and no taverna, so be sure to have enough food and water. A new road, on which work commenced in 2000, stops at the top of a hill where a new cellphone antenna was erected. This road does not lead to the beach. The Captain understands there are still no plans for a road down to the beach (July 2018).

Most people nude although a few textiles around the northern end but didn't appear to be an issue for anyone.

My contributor did not feel he could give it anything but 100%!

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Recent reports

Posted in August:
Milos remains one of the best beaches in the world for nudism. If you come by car/bus you will need to walk (from the main road) down the pedestrian street of Agios Nikitas village (easy and pleasant walk, maximum 10 minutes from the main road). When you get to the Agios Nikitas beach, this is where you take the taxi-boat to the nearby Milos beach in less than 5 minutes (plus waiting time). When the boat operates, it's quite frequent throughout the day. However, it's often that the boat doesn't operate. So instead of waiting, if you don't see the boat there, ask at the restaurant/taverna Nikitas, located as you head away from Aghios Nikitas beach back towards the main road, just a few metres from the beach on your right (the people there seem to be the ones who run the boat).

If the boat is not in operation (or if you prefer hiking), walk a bit further and follow the instructions in the main text here to take the path which will get you uphill and eventually down to Milos beach (about 20 minutes walk/hike). It's a beautiful and clear yet slightly rough path. Not the easiest one, but even small children go on this path and some even with flip-flops (however we wouldn't recommend flip flops).

When you reach the beach from land, the nudist part is on your left (if by boat, then on your right). Usually there aren't too many people on the beach and the ones who are on the southern part are almost exclusively nude. We noticed that someone would walk by a few times per day carrying a fridge bag and offering drinks, donuts, local pies/pastries. No facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas, etc. Almost no natural shade, so you might want to carry an umbrella or similar. The building works described in the main text above are compete without compromising the nude character of the beach; these are now luxurious villas/studios very far away from the beach, mainly because they are so high up (hundreds of private steps to get to these). Water quality is excellent and the colour feels exotic; almost as unreal as in Egremni, Megali Petra and elsewhere on the west coast of the island.

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Kathisma

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This is a very long beach with several coves located south of Milos beach. If you want to be alone in your own cove this might be your choice. The sand is rather coarse and there is a lot of shingle. The beach can be reached from both ends. To reach the northern end turn off from the way between Aghios Nikitas and Kalamitsi. The signpost reads "Kathisma beach". The main beach is textile with a taverna at each end. Park at the southern taverna (Akroyiali), where you will be able to shower on your return, walk past a low rocky headland and you reach the nudist part. It is best to walk along the shore line as the path at the back of the beach is crumbling away in parts and is becoming dangerous.

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A report from September 2001 says that south of the sunbeds, past the first rocks, were mixed naturist and textile. Another report from July 2002 reported 100% nudism and rated the beach 100% too! In July 2004 it was always a good mix of textile and non - usually more non than clothed, and described as a wonderful beach. Unfortunately a report from August 2006 reported no nudism, and families where the nudists ought to be. (Hopefully this is just the peak season variation.)

Barefooters who visited in June 2004 loved it for its beauty and convenience. Having a taverna to retreat to for lunch just a 2 minute walk away was great.

Whilst there were some nudists just the other side of the taverna, as the beach was quiet my reporters went beyond the rocky outcrop. First day was lovely, even when a party of textiles turned up for a swim - they just ignored us and carried on. They left after less than an hour - maybe they felt uncomfortable being textiles…..

The third section of the beach is the best for swimming (more sand) although the very far end was littered with winter storm debris and some tar.
The road at the back of this section of beach had collapsed. Beyond this it continues and provides access as mopeds arrived from the other direction.

A report from June 2007 says that if you start at the restaurant at the south side of the beach and start walking southwards, the beach becomes naturist surprisingly quickly; after perhaps 150 metres, with the restaurant very closely in sight. First there's a little beach (about 200 metres) and walking here is difficult because you sink down in the soft sand and pebbles. Then, after some big rocks the beach opens up to a practically deserted naturist beach. Walking here is easier.

A report from September 2009 says that the second and third beaches are totally nude and almost completely deserted. The first beach (with the taverns) is fully textile. These visitors returned in August 2010 and noticed that not much had changed. By now they found the road to the southern end of the beach, which makes access with a bit of luggage much easier. It is quite a drive from the main entrance, but it saves you a long walk and climb along the beach and over the rocks. In 2010 there were a lot of insects flying around the beach. Some stung quite badly, mostly targeting females. The beach was mostly deserted, with just 2-3 couples occupying the 500m (?) stretch. Sadly an Italian couple thought this was a good place to start their lovemaking, but this was a one-time occurrence, the rest of the two week holiday things were civilized.

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May / June: The third stretch of beach is still clothing optional, about 50% nude. A camper was parked there, the owners stripped in the afternoon to take a swim and stayed nude the rest of the day. There is construction work going on further north, but we doubt it threatens the nudity at the beach. No creepy (masturbating) single men seen during several visits, great decent nude beach.

Late June: The second and especially third stretch of beach is clothing optional, about 75 to 90% nude. Somewhere between 20-30 people. Nearly 10 couples and a few single men. Some aged between 30 and 40 years. Many people coming from the main beach, swim naked and after some time they are returning.

September: The road which gives the southern approach via Kalamitsi was narrow and in such bad condition that some people were abandoning their cars before the Avali turn-off and proceeding on foot. I turned round and went to the beach via the northern approach (signposted Kathisma beach) but when I reached the third beach (the only nudist part) it was clear that at least some cars had got through to the end of the road via the southern approach.

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Kalamitsi

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A Barefoot reporter who called here in 2004 says it might be one of the best places he has ever visited. It's on the west side of the island. Follow the signs to the Kalamitsi village and then follow the sign "to the beach". After 4 kilometres of a very narrow road, park the car just one turn before the end of this road. You will see a dirt path on your left side. Walk down the path until you reach the beach after a 10 minutes walk. Be aware it's a difficult path especially during your return. Don't forget to bring water, food or anything else you might need, since there is nothing you will find on this beach except nature.

Reaching the beach will reward you . Crystal clear water, blue-green, fantastic scenery all around. The beach is divided in 3-4 segments by rocks, but you can reach every part of it walking. We saw more than 50 people there, all naturists and one free camper. Free camping there is not advised because of the path I mentioned above. A superb beach. My reporter rates it 100%.

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Experience from June 2011: Do not stay at the textile beach just below the cantina. The nude part of the beach is located to the left (south) across the rocky ground. You have to walk by a barely visible footpath about 200 metres through the rocks, so you will need good shoes. But you will be greatly rewarded if you do. The beach is beautiful and 100% nude.

Beware: There are more beaches after Kalamitsi. Kavalikefta (the first photo above) is the first one. Further south after the big fallen rock is Megali Petra (big stone in Greek). You can go there following a path, 300m long before the last turn of Megali Petra road - not easy if you wear sandals. Kavalikefta is a wonderful beach which now (2014) has plenty of people wearing swimsuits. Many women are topless, but don't confuse topless with nude beach. When we arrived (early), at the first section of the beach there were about 60 bathers all wearing swimsuits. At the end of this section are the 5-6 spectacular rocks that you can go up (I don't suggest it). We decided to undress before these rocks. After us came a nudist family and another nudist couple and did the same. One hour later three nudist couples came at the beach just after Kavalikefta, because this beach isn't visible from the main beach. Although we were few (12-15 nudist between more than 150 dressed people), the beach is wonderful, maybe better than Egremni. The place is touristy and a part of the dressed bathers who came to see the rocks, looked persistently at our private parts but who cares! So go there and keep the beach nudist!

Recent reports

Unsure if there is an actual beach called Kalamitsi; perhaps this is just the name of the village and there are a few beaches you can reach from it, namely Avali, Kavalikefta & Megali Petra and based on the reports above, possibly the southern part of Kathisma.

As you leave Kalamitsi village and drive downhill on a narrow winding road, you reach a point where there are various signs (for beaches, beach bars, etc):

  • If you head right, you reach Avali beach and, continuing north, the southern part of Kathisma (based on reports under Kathisma).
  • If you head left, you reach a car park eventually, where you can pay and park your car. There is also a right bend of the downhill road, just before you reach the car park at the very end, where you can park (on street) and take the path to the beach (path visible on Google maps). If you reach the car park, you can also find a restaurant there and Kavalikefta beach. If you leave the restaurant behind you and walk further south past rocks, you reach Megali Petra beach.

Megali Petra is to a large extent nude [July] and rewards you with bright turquoise colour water (at least as impressive as at Egremni)

Gialos

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Gialos beach is a very long beach to the north of Egremni. You reach it from the village Athani by a winding way down that leads to the northern end of the beach. Nudism is practised on the southern part of the beach which is also the best. Here long nude walks are possible although the sand tends to be coarser at the southern end.

It's really a beach for nudists and has very easy access by car even [though] the road is very curvy and narrow and quite difficult driving. Take the road down to the beach and turn south to the dirt road until you reach the end, and park on the top of a small hill. The road down is very steep, 300m from the top - scary for some…

From there and to the south the beach is completely nude. Just few nudist couples and a very long beach just for you. There is no shade and you may find some tar. There are 2 cantinas at the end of the asphalt road. My July 2001 contributors think it's the best nudist beach in Lefkas. A report from September 2001 described this as a beautiful beach, with 50/50 naturists to textiles.

A report from July 2004 described Gialos as the best beach on Lefkas. The south part was almost 100% nude, only couples.

Recent reports

July: The road to Gialos beach is repaired and in good order. Asphalt all the way to the first parking place. You can still take the dirt track going south and park around the abandoned kanteen as it destroyed further south. From this point to the southern end of the beach is nude. There were about 10-12 mainly tourist couples or so and one single man (me!).

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August: Beach fully operative. Is one of the widest on the island. Nude area start right away from the right-side of the abandoned canteen and spans for about 2 kms. The more you go to the south the less people you see… it made us feeling like on a lost island.

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Egremni

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This is a beautiful large beach with excellent sand under impressive (and crumbling) cliffs. From the parking area take a 50 metre path to a cantina. From there the stair begins all the way down to the beach, at least 300 steps. It's easy to go down (though the last part is not for anyone with vertigo), but when you want to climb back carrying your load you will probably work up a bit of a sweat. Anyway the beach is nice and nudism is practised at the southern part. A report from June 2001 confirms that the beach was almost completely nude - and quiet - after say 4 pm, as all the 'day-tourists' go on again (and the remaining ones try for the first time how naturism feels…)

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A report from June 2003 describes this as probably the best of the beaches on the west coast, dirt road in good condition, private parking place (possible free parking in front of gate), 430 steps down to the beach (my contributor evidently counted them!), sand, around 50-60 people on 1-km-long beach, 80% naturist.

Some Barefoot reporters think Egremni is the very best beach on Lefkas (there seem to be several candidates for this honour, however). Barefooters who visited in July 2004 said the 355 stairs down to the beach are not the problem. Going up is. It's a good idea is to stop at the top and admire the view from the cafe. Cold drinks are served at the bottom on the beach as well. Taking your own beverages is a good idea.

The south side is the naturist part of the beach. Sometimes there were textile visitors, but the mixture on the south side was 97% nude and 3% textile. A good mixture of visitors, couples, families and singles. Age mixture also very good. Relaxed atmosphere. Not crowded. Lots of parking places, the ones nearest to the stairs cost 3 euros/day. My contributors warmly recommend this beach to everyone!

Recent reports

The beach is not accessible from land any more, due to the earthquake in 2015, which destroyed the steps. You might be able to access it by boat. In fact there are boats running from Nydri and Vassiliki, however these are touristy, take time to reach Egremni, almost certainly include visits to at least one more beach and will probably not let you stay at Egremni for long. Therefore we didn't try it, as we felt it would be too much hassle for an experience that would probably not allow us to be nude on the beach. Local authorities are considering plans to provide access from land again (steps or road) but since 2015 nothing has been put in place.

Porto Katsiki

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The beach is cut into two parts by big stones that have fallen down. The northern part is now textile and although earlier reports said that the rather small southern part behind the stones is nude, reports from July 2001 suggest no nudism there any more. What's more, the southern end is in shade until lunchtime. You reach the beach by steps cut in the hillside, beginning at a taverna. A report from July 2005 confirms no nudism. Reports from 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 (returning naturists) further confirm. The most beautiful beach of Lefkas no longer has a nude section.

August 2017 Nothing changed from the past years: Porto Katsiki remains too way touristic and no nudism.
If you're visiting in a group of nudists (meaning more than 3 or 4) you may try to get this beach back!

The bridge you see on the left in the above photo, is now destroyed by the last earthquake.

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South of Nydri (E Coast)

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A contributor who visited the island's eastern coast in September 2016 sent a report about a pebbly beach he found on the small peninsula south of Nydri. The beach is accessible by car via an unpaved road. Follow the road signs to Desimi beach, but turn left when the road starts to descend to Desimi.
Visiting this beach twice, my contributor shared it with two fellow nudists and a textile/topless couple. Even though this beach is not as spectacular as the beaches on the western coast, it may be a convenient option for travellers staying in the Nydri area, and it rewards its visitors with a beautiful view to Scorpios island.

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