Believe it or not, the Captain hears that there are nude beaches within reasonably easy reach of Athens.
Starting from Athens, and heading southeast (towards Sounion) and then north up the other side of the peninsula:
between Vouliagmeni and Varkisa
One location is between Vouliagmeni and Varkisa, on the coast of the Saronic Gulf, about 25 km South of the centre of Athens. Vouliagmeni is a wealthy suburb of Athens, with a lot of private beaches and bars, and once you leave it following the coast road to Varkiza (also continuing further to Sounion Cape), it becomes completely deserted, not a single house. On this cape there are several rocky coves used for nude sunbathing and swimming. Swimming is good if you don't mind starting from the rocks (beware of your feet!).
My correspondent reports a few couples and more men in the nude (as is often the case).
This spot is easily reached from Athens, by taxi, bus or car
By taxi - ask to go to the shore (aktí), 2km after the Vouliagmeni lake, at the "limanakia". Landmarks: a bus stop that says "B Limanaki" (vita limanaki) on both sides of the road. The "Canteen" (small refreshments-bar with tent) which existed for the past 20 years at Limanaki B has been demolished, as it was an illegal structure.
There is now a new "Express Bus" to Limanakia, the E22 bus, which is much more reliable than the old one. Departs at an established time-table, the bus-stop stands right in front of Ofthalmiatreion (Eye-Hospital), in Panepistimiou Str. And it goes really fast, depending on the traffic, of course, ending up in Saronida.
Other than in summer: take any bus to Glyfada and from the terminus take 115 (every hour) or 116 (every half hour). One can also get off at Vouliagmeni and walk along the road (there is a path between the road and the rocks).
There is plenty of space and many men and women swimming nude.
The various coves have different demographics. Immediately past the entrance to Vouliagmeni lake there is a tiny sand beach (textile). As one continues walking away from Vouliagmeni there is 1km of rocks (occasional nude use), then a fairly large rocky cove, then more rocks, then three coves in succession. These three little coves are those known as the "limanakia". The first of them has a Greek flag, a snack bar, and a pedal-boat rental business, and is all textile. The next two are 90% nude. These coves are all packed during the summer time especially during the weekends and in the afternoon till late evening. You can swim nude in most of the rocky bays between Varkiza until Cape Sounion.
The coast road here is very busy, and you aren't allowed to turn across traffic coming the other way to get into or out of the lay-bys. Therefore, when driving north (towards Vougliameni and Athens), you have to stop at the bar with the blue roof - the large Beta Limvaki lay-by (N 37 48' 05" E 23 47' 38") is only accessible when driving south, and you can't turn out of it and head north.
One contributor says he wouldn't recommend this spot. It's fairly simple to scramble down from the lay-by onto the limestone / marble rocks, and there are flattish areas suited to lying or sitting. Most of these areas are out of sight of the coast road, although the traffic is still clearly audible. But getting into the water isn't at all easy - I didn't try it, and didn't see anyone else trying either. (At Alpha Limvaki, it's straightforward, and a waterside taverna takes advantage, creating a popular spot with no naturists in sight.) There were quite a few naturists around near Beta Limavaki - perhaps a dozen scattered around in singles and couples. All of them were male.
Another report says that the coves at Vouliagmeni and Varkiza are taken over from extremely early hours by Greek fishermen, which doesn't seem consistent with the earlier reports I have received; what's more the Saronic gulf is badly polluted. You have been warned.
Saronic gulf now (2016) isn't polluted but Limanakia is a beach with majority of gay bathers, sometimes all bathers are gay men.
About 4.5 km after Saronida before Anavyssos, going to the south, you will see a turn to Ag. Nikolaos. Follow this turn and after next 200m turn left hand (unpaved road). The road follows the shoreline about 200 m. The path to the beach is easy. The beach is visible. It's the left part of the beach you want. When we went there, we met another nudist couple and some single men. The truth is that some of them had "pleasure" watching women undressing and my wife stayed topless a few minutes, before strip off. The water was clean but the beach is stony and sea shoes are absolutely useful. Better than Legrena.
Take the road from Athens to Sounion. Just past km 63 you will see a right turn with some sign labelled KAPE; follow the road for 0.5 km. The road ends at a bar with steps going down to a textile beach. At the far end of the beach (to the right as you face the sea) you will see a path leading over some rocks. On the other side of the rocks there is a small perfect pebbly beach. On a large rock someone has painted a big sign saying FKK and nude in Greek (Gymnos). There was one woman in a bathing suit being teased by her friends for clinging to her outmoded behaviour. Everyone else was nude. Some people slathered themselves with mud from the shore, kept it on for a while, and washed it off in the water. The water was clear, there were no urchins, the view wonderful. I suspect that it would be very crowded on a weekend.
2016: The beach is still 100% nudist. Very crowded on weekends. Come early on Sundays or risk not finding a spot.
A topless woman with just bikini bottoms on was visually seen at the luxurious beach at Hotel Aegeon in Cape Sounion. Normally, a family beach but nobody minded. Hopefully this will become a trend. Beautiful body in a beautiful landscape with the Temple of Poseidon in the background.
The beach described above was never nudist. Topless women can be seen in every greek beach!
The Captain has now received confirmatory reports about a nude beach at Vravrona, said to be better than Vouliagmeni. Apparently it's 30km from Athens near Porto Rafti and you can easily go there by bus from Pedio to Areos. When the bus arrives there is a 1km walk. This beach is located just after some houses called "Oikismos Polytechneiou".
Arriving by car, drive through the Vravrona settlement, past the rocky stretch to where the last big houses end and there is a small peninsula on your left hand (with a fire brigade watching hut on top, that you may spot). There is an old bus stop at the left side of the road, behind which there is plenty of room to park your car. From there, you need to walk through the bushes to arrive at the nudist area. There are actually two locations: one for mixed sexes (coordinates 37.922221, 24.031586) and one for men only (coordinates 37.921845, 24.03164). The first one is quite well maintained, with patches of pavement, while the gay spot is rocks only. Both spots are completely non-textile.
Reports reach the Captain of this very nice beach near Rafina. At the right hand end of the beach there are stairs and a path which gets you to a more isolated rocky part and if you go further you reach a beautiful bay where you can practise naturism. My contributor gave it 80% instead of 100% for 2 reasons: during "rush hours" you may find textiles (couples mostly) and because on the top of the cliff there are houses so you cannot rate the beach as "isolated". But it is beautiful and very near Athens.
A long sandy beach which ends on the northeast in a rock face. Easy to find by following signs for olympic rowing centre (off Marathonas Ave). Once there keep left so sea is on your R. After about 1km you can drive into the pine forest on firm dirt tracks and find a private spot - there are isolated small groups of naturists here and there. Further on (back along the tarred beach road) you reach the northern end of the beach (passing a left turn for Dicastica). The flat bathing areas on the rocks are mostly naturist; people on the sand are textile. The sea is very shallow unless you go further along the rocks. Should you choose an adventurous trek up an obvious path heading over the hill you will find an extensive, quiet rocky beach with lots of privacy.
Now (2014) Schinias forest is well known and naturist groups don't exist any more. If still there's a nudist man or woman, that means 1% nudity. The atmosphere is always textile. So avoid and go to Ramnous, about 25 min. trip. In September, when schools open, will be OK for a sunbathe without swimsuit and nude swimming.
Schinias should be added to the beaches we lost (September 2015). Although schools were opened, so no kids there, we were naked on a dressed beach. After our arrival, my wife understood that she was the only topless woman at the beach. After that she dared to be completely nude. I followed her and nobody disturbed us. A single man also was naked. Nice beach, not a nudist beach any more.
Easy to find. Take the left turn just before the end of the Schinias Road. Over the hill and take the first turning R (very sharp and downhill). About half km down here you can park and walk around R near sea level, or drive up, round further and make your descent from the road.
Isolated pockets of naturists along the rocks. You need decent shoes to clamber to the best spots.
There are 2-3 km of wonderful rocks and very clean water. You can dive into the water from heights from 50cm to 12m! The water is very deep, don't worry.
Not exactly in down-town but it's close enough to reach it for a one-day excursion. You can only go there by car but, preferably, you should have someone local to assist you or you may be lost in a maze of dirt roads.
Ramnous isn't easy to find. It lies on a wild coast east of Marathonas, a coast so wild that Google Maps used not to display any roads in the area.
The following are improved directions submitted by a Barefooter who visited in July 2007. Take Marathonas Ave from Athens and turn R into Marathonas on a one-way system. Follow signs for National Rd. After a few turns you will see a sign for Grammatiko, take this. Follow winding Rd for 5km, take R to 'SPORTS VILLAGE'. Pass SPORTS VILLAGE after 3km and take left when road forks. 1km later the road becomes dirt but 4 wheel drive not essential. Keep right at fork and after steep narrow descent park at small church. Follow coast along fence for 10 mins to naturist areas. As a consequence of this isolated drive the beaches are very quiet and peaceful. Worth the trip.
I'm leaving the older directions in because of the rather startling description of part of the drive. Take the road to Schinias, a large sandy beach. You will see a sign to Agyas Marinas FB, a ferry port. You might also see a sign to the archeological site of Ramnous, the Temple of Nemesis. On the road from Schinias to Aiyas Marinas you will see a left turn to Grammatico. Take it. Before you reach Grammatico you will see a a very sharp right turn, close to 145 degrees. The road is marked to Limounas. Coming from Grammatico you can see the sign. Coming from Aiyas Marinas you can't see it, but it is the only turn on the road. There was also a crude hand-painted cardboard sign to Ramnous leaning up against the signpost for the official sign. After a mile the road becomes a dirt road, with rocks, ruts, holes, and the occasionally dizzying fenceless shoulderless drop-off to an abyss below. Continue for 4.2 miles and don't lose hope. You will pass a left turn to Limounas (in Greek only); keep going straight.. You will see the archaeological site in the distance, and then, at the bottom of a cove, a white building and parked cars. Soon thereafter the road becomes crudely paved, and then it becomes dirt again, the scariest road my reporter has ever driven, huge holes in the road and opportunity to plunge into the sea on the left. It is very steep. The white building and the parking lot are at the bottom of the road.
Park and walk for about ten minutes along the coast with the sea on your left. You will pass two small textile beaches, and then clamber over the rocks to the first of three nude coves. Take your choice. All are beautiful, the sea crystal clear and easy to walk into (watch out for black sea urchins which are not too numerous but still a risk). The beaches are pebble beaches, not real sand. At the rear of the beach there is a fence separating it from the archaeological site. Opening the fence would eliminate a very exciting drive! The coves were pretty nearly 100% nude.
The place is an ancient site and, whereas the beach is free, there is heavy fencing to protect the archaeological site and the excavation in progress. There are five beaches after the rocks. Keep going till you find the best one. This is your nude beach. You may find occasional textiles but no problem. Suggest you explore the entire span of individual small beaches so you can make your choice. My correspondent rated this 90%.
I visited Ramnous on 07/07/2012. A hard drive, but worth it. Very quiet and relaxing. 100 percent nude, but there were only about a dozen people on the beach.
I went there a Saturday at late June 2014 with my wife. Relaxed atmosphere, clean beach. About 20 people, mostly couples - a few single men. 98% nude, except one woman (she wore bikini). This is my wife's preferred nude beach and worth the 7-8 minutes hiking.
Nudist couples of all ages have a nice bath and sunbathe every evening (2015). 98% nudity at second and third beach - only a woman wore bikini, she was the exception: staying dressed at a nude beach and the eyes of all bathers staring at you! There are three different beaches, you can walk and choose the better. The first beach sometimes is for topless women and textile men but you can undress all, because the place is well known as nudist. Me and my wife after our arrival we sat totally nude and the half of other 4 bathers follow us - they were beginners as you can understand watching the tan lines. Sometimes also at the first beach couples have sexual activity in the water. Go there!
Ramnous is the best nude beach around Athens (2016). Last Sunday were there more than 40 bathers, nobody wore swimsuit, no space between bathers. Relaxed atmosphere, mostly greek couples plus about 5-6 single men staring at every woman's boobs and ass but no problem.