Macedonia

including Thessalonika

Epanomi

Google Map - centred on the wreck mentioned.

At the village of Ormos/Epanomi there is an excellent sandy beach with dunes, and a nude bathing area +/- 3 km.

How to get there: From the airport road to Agias Triada turn left, after some traffic lights and before Perea, to the villages Plagiari/Trilofo, pass the village (Epanomi is quite a substantial place, some 4 kilometres inland) towards “paralia” (beach). Go in the direction of the beach bars. On the beach & parking turn left to the north (actually it is West). Walking on the beach you will see after 1 km more and more nude people. Nude bathing stops at the end of beach near to the camping. The quality of the water is not very good here. It is quite better at the textile part. However the place offers privacy for the naturists, since the beach is really very very long.

The Captain also hears that at Epanomi there is a nice beach at Potamos, but if you walk 1km to Fanaria, the beach becomes less and less crowded and there are nudists - couples and in a some parts mostly gays. Most nudists were there in August and early September. (This is probably the same beach as the previous one … the names Potamos, Fanaria and Navagia all appear mixed up on Panoramio photos taken along this stretch.)

Leaving the busy beach-bars to your left and walking towards the "Fanaria/Nauagio" (you could also go by car, but a 4x4 is needed, the dirt road has quite a few sand pits on the way) you encounter more and more nudists. About 400m from the end of the beach bars there is a little fisherman's hut inland on the right with a couple of boats on the sand in front of it, after the boats there are always some nudists (about 85%) mostly locals and Greek couples, very friendly atmosphere. You do get the odd textile having a peek though, as it is easy walking distance from the textile part of the beach.

Further on (about 1km from the beach bars) and closer to the actual "nauagio" (sunken ship) you encounter large groups of mostly male/gay nudists. That area is also more quiet, though the sea is not that great there, some rocks and black sea-weed, possibly urchins too. The first place (just after the boats) has great sparkling green waters and sand throughout. Just ignore any on-lookers, that's what my contributor and 4 other couples did. This report dates from the busiest time of the year: 15 August 2006, and it was still 85% nude there.

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Neipori beach

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Nudism occurs near Neipori Beach, on the east coast of the mainland, which is about 20-30 minutes drive south of Katerini on the coastal highway. Walk 500m south along the beach until you get past the restaurants and buildings etc and keep going around the bend. On a Sunday in July 2005, there were small numbers of older couples and single males.

Note that on weekends during August I doubt that there would be any nudism there - too many textiles.

Neipori is one of a vast stretch of resort beaches along the coast from Katerini southwards. It seems to cater for package tourists and groups from FYROM (aka Skopje) and Romania, in addition to many Greeks and some Germans etc. It is extremely busy in August.

Update September 2016: On the weekend in early September we observed some gay couples, few single males and just two couples. We had some difficulties to find the beach so we think that the following coordinates will be helpful: 39°58'25.5"N 22°39'48.9"E

Nea Iraklia

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This beach is a little further from Thessaloniki, about 35 km towards Halkidiki. At Agios Pavlos turn right, drive into this small village and then follow the road towards Nea Iraklia . Before arriving in Nea Iraklia, (you will see the village on a hill in front of you), turn left at a vineyard…drive straight through towards the sea, once there turn right and drive till you see a white pavilion in the middle of nowhere…make a left and enjoy your stay at this very nice and quite sandy beach. The part from the pavilion and for about 300 m to the left is frequented by nudists, and to the end also by some gays (locals and from Thessaloniki ). Apparently there is a good view of Olympus.

The Captain is told that nude people have been seen there during the whole summer period, at least over the last three years. Water, depending on wind directions, can be from clear to almost acceptable, usually though it is fair enough. There are absolutely no facilities of any kind (toilets, showers, shops, etc), so bring with you whatever you think you may need. My contributor says he surely hopes that next season he will find a space for his towel at this really wonderful beach.

Olympic beach and Korinos

A report reaches the Captain about 2 beaches that can be found just off the city of Katerini, in northern Greece (75km from Salonika).

Directions for Korinos: See on Google Maps
1. On the highway from Salonika to Athens, just before Katerini there is exit for Korinos. Then follow the signs to the beach (8km). The tarmac ends just before the beach but the road along the beach is perfectly OK even for normal (not 4x4) cars.
2. From Katerini we take the road to Paralia and when we reach Paralia we drive all to the left along the beach. 1km later the tarmac stops for 500m and continues again. Korinos is about 6km from that point. Along the way there is a clear view of the beach connecting Paralia and Korinos, which offers opportunities for nudism, too.

Directions for Olympic beach: See on Google Maps
1. From Katerini (or the highway) we follow the road to Paralia. Just after the railway the road splits and we take the right direction which leads to Olympic beach after 7km (left direction leads to Paralia). When we reach the beach we drive left to the end of the buildings and park. We walk for about 5-10min. and the beach gets totally empty.
2. If we choose left direction, when we reach Paralia we drive to left [I think he means right surely!] and we reach Olympic beach after 5km. Between Paralia and Olympic Beach there is a beautiful long sandy beach, but don't get nude there, because it may look empty (especially on weekdays mornings) but that doesn't hold for long.

Update September 2016: We used this beach for a 5 days in September. Few males were here and only two topless ladies. GPS coordinates of the "parking area" ;) 40°13'51.2"N 22°35'10.2"E

About the beaches: Nice sandy beaches, great views of Olympus, but the water is not always clear, depending on the wind. Avoid Korinos on weekends, because some people will show up, but the beach has places to hide. Another report describes Korinos as a large and quiet beach. Olympic Beach (Paralia Katerini) has been a nudist beach since one of my correspondents came to live in the area 14 years ago.

Highway between Thessaloniki and Athens near to Ekaterini (north):
Unlikely as it may sound, the Captain is told there are some small rocky beaches suitable for naturism near Gritsa village. Nude bathing area of some 300m in some small coves (See if you can find them on Google Maps).
How to get there: Turn from the Highway in the opposite direction from the village. Between the sea and the railway there is a large new road. Between the road and the sea there are some small coves with beaches and rocks; some nude bathing there.

Beach near Kavala (Loutra Elefteron)

The nudist beach near Kavala, said by my source to be a legal beach, is found near the main road from Kavala to Thessaloniki, 46 kilometres from Kavala at Loutra Elefteron. This beach is one of the best nudist beaches in Northern Greece!! At the same time it is quite large Following the national road from Kavala to Thessaloniki, in the 44th kilometre you will see signs (in English and Greek) for Thermal Springs baths. We go straight on and do not turn. After two to two and a half kilometres we turn left in the earth-road next to the sign we see in the second photo.

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You see this sign about 3km before turning left (coming from Kavala ) Turn left (coming from Kavala) when you see this sign
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Presumably this is the eastern beach

You can also follow the instructions by Google Maps you see below.

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90% of those at the beach are nudists, mainly Greek men and women because the beach is not well known to tourists. When you go there you will love it. Even non-nudists join after awhile. You will face no problem from no-one. But to find the beach you have to be careful to turn left (again driving FROM Kavala) to the sign you see in the second photo. Turn and drive a bit towards the sea. Sitting anywhere in the beach seems fine although the right part is usually mainly gay couples. Textiles usually sit in the mid-section.

Visited in July 2013: On the left side of the beach there were 4-5 single men and a gay couple and a few people on the right side (couldn't see if they were men or women), 100% nudist. Number of couples is increasing since 2013 as the beach becomes more known.

2016: many nude couples, 90% textile free. Visited on a weekday, late in the afternoon, amidst of July. On the far right side (large rocks) there were few men, in the middle there were 6-7 camps and on the far left a couple and 1-2 men.

There are other deserted beaches but local advice is not to risk them because you will be all alone, while at this beach there are enough nudists for comfort.

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