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!
BEACHES NORTH TO SOUTH (all on the West coast)
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 mid week, 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.
Pefkoulia / Aghios Nikitas beach
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%.
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.
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.
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 shadow in some caves. In June 2000 the only way to the beach from land is by way of a footpath over the hill from Aghios Nikitas.
A report from August 2001 indicated that the beach was fully textile. It isn't clear whether this is simply the peak seasonal variation which is to be widely found in Greece or the sign of a longer-term trend. Other reports would be welcome.
The path begins on a stairway just to the right of a restaurant called "Milos Restuarant" and is highly recommended for its beautiful views, but it is only for the able-bodied because of a deep step at one point on the path leading down to the beach on the other side of the hill.
Nudity is very acceptable (even 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 hill where a new cellphone antenna was erected. The Captain understands there are still no plans for a road down to the beach (April 2002).
A report from 2002 reported most of the people there were textile (perhaps over 80%) but everybody feels free to act as he or she wants (textile, topless or nude). Bad news however: two buildings are under construction on the side of the hill over looking the beach, halfway down the hill, so it is still to be feared that a road will soon reach the beach.
A report from 2004 describes a mixture of textile and naturist sun worshippers and Barefooters felt perfectly relaxed sunbathing naked. The "Express Milos" boat is very efficient (no sign of the slower boat on this occasion) but this service is very dependent on the weather and sometimes does not run if the sea is rough.
Another June 2004 report describes Milos as a wonderful beach. The taxi-boat was not working at time of my reporters' visit so they had to walk, which added to the experience - but the descent to the beach needs proper footwear (no flip flops!).
Most people nude although a few textiles around the northern end but didn't appear to be an issue for anyone.
Building work was continuing on the cliffs above - looks like villas or a few apartments. There is a private (& very long) set of steps down ending in a gate halfway down the cliff. Either the residents are rock climbers or there is more work to be done. There was no sign of any road down to beach and the construction would be very difficult.
My contributor did not feel he could give it anything but 100%!
In August 2005 the beach was clothing optional with a very relaxed atmosphere. Nearly 100% nudes when the Milos Express couldn't operate because of the rough seas. About 40% on very busy days. Textiles on the northern end, nudists on the southern. In two weeks in peak season my contributor and his girlfriend never had to put clothes on. Evidently they had a very nice time. They thought it a wonderful beach.
In June 2011 the beach was still clothing optional, with nude bathing often practised toward the northern end, but sometimes also more to the south. This is an exceptionally beautiful beach, and will continue to be since there is no car track down to the beach. Either you walk the track from the Milos hotel in Agios Nikitas or you live in one of the new houses above the beach from which there is a pathway with steps down to the beach. Bathers from the new houses tend to occupy the center of the beach and they are mostly textile but no one bothers the nude people. The footpath from Agios Nikitas over the hill to the beach is graceful and easy, now without dangerous steps. We recommend it.
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.
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.
In June 2011 nude bathing was practised at the southern end beyond the southernmost taverna. This is a beach with lots of tavernas so you will have good service on the beach.
2013: Kathisma Beach had half a dozen nude couples, with only 1 textile couple at it's Southern end, very nice beach, highly recommended!
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%.
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.
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 shadow 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.
A report from September 2009 says that the part directly North was almost deserted, but the people who were bathing there were fully nude. Though the access road is very steep and has sharp corners, the beach was full of campers. The owners of those campers were clearly nudists.
Additionally from September 2010, there seems to be a new tarmac road from just outside Dragano. This makes it an easy drive down to the beach, although beware of the potholes! Once there, then it's 50:50 naturist towards the far end. Well worth a visit.
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…)
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 an 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!
Earlier reports suggested that an earthquake in 2003 destroyed the steps. Evidently they have been replaced, given the more recent reports received by The Captain.
Barefooters who were there in June 2007 confirm that this beach is extremely beautiful, especially if you look at it from above. But they also confirm that indeed walking up is something of a trial at the end of the day with the sun stinging in your back and no wind. I counted about 350 steps. The stairs are in good shape. They walked to the north side of the beach towards a big rock. Just before that rock there were a few naturist tourists (no textiles any more). Beyond the rock there's another big beach part with only a few tourists. There were nudists as far as they could see.
In June 2011 the southern part of Egremni was still 100% nude and extremely nice. This is the beach you can walk nude if you want to. Just take several pauses when you step up the 350 steps and you will manage this physical trial. The views from the path are exceptional.
2013: The beach was very good, the northen end was 100% nude, ourselves, 2 German couples and 1 man. Be warned, the 350 steps are a test if you are unfit!
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 as shown on the aerial Google Map. You reach the beach by steps cut in the hillside, beginning at a taverna. A report from July 2005 confirms no nudism. A report from 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 (returning naturists) further confirms. The most beautiful beach of Lefkas no longer has a nude section.
We 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.
More information about the beach is welcome.