Kythera is excellent for nudism and is generally quiet and not over-run with tourists. The island is greener than Aegean islands and has a large number of beaches, ranging from small coves to long strands, and it would take a long holiday to visit all of them - the ferry/tourist map shows 35! A car is desirable as there is little public transport. The seas are crystal clear and warm, but the winds, often light and variable in the mornings, sometimes become quite strong in the afternoon and evening, due to the island's isolated position. The main "round Greece" shipping lanes pass between Elafonissos and Kythera. The smaller beaches tend to be occupied in high season by Greek groups, which are also spaced at intervals along some of the bigger ones on the east coast. The following is compiled from visitors' reports from 2009 onwards.
Ordered clockwise from the north (Ak Spathi)
For those staying in the North of the island and not fancying the publicity of the beach at Plateia Ammos, this is a much quieter alternative, nicely enclosed but still with good views to the mainland. Mainly pebbles, shelves nicely going into the water. No facilities.
The island's free news-sheet describes this beach in the north-east as being favoured by nudists, but there are very few parking spots near it, then you have to walk along the side of a cultivated field towards a deserted building, and the beach is rather scruffy, with small spots of tar on it and in the water. However there were a few nudists there in 2011.
This beach also in naturist use in 2011.
The biggest beach on the island, reported in 2011 as "fantastic. I had camped at Paleopoli beach large beach – pebbly sand, shingles, a bit isolated, deep waters, where there is a "private" place under the rocks where nudists camp. At the end of July there were 5 couples and 2 tents with women! It was Hot!"
On the other side of the prominent headland to the West is its neighbour Limni, smaller and more difficult to access but with nudist credentials. (There is another Limni at the end of the track South from Ag Pelagia.)
One beach given good descriptions and attractive pictures, is this one on the east coast. However, although the road is reasonable, it stops at quite a height above sea level and there are more than 300 concrete steps down (and up afterwards) to negotiate. Down below it is mostly but not entirely pebbles, with rocks on the beach and off-lying to break up any waves, and a cave/tunnel to the south. Said to be popular, but can also be deserted. No facilities apart from the steps.
However a forum report from August 2016 says:-
Cantina at top of hill with €1 parking, also take orders at beach. Not very nudist, except maybe in the second (right side) beach. Some topless women, but many families with kids. I stripped off one day but was only nude male and felt insecure enough to don a bathing suit for swimming. Didn't get any weird looks but felt a little out of place, perhaps better in off season.
This beach in the south-east is fairly easy to get to by a narrow asphalt road, and had nude couples and singles. Backed by cliffs, it becomes shaded in late afternoon, but it is all pebbles and rock slabs, not so comfortable to sit on for long.
This favourite beach is in the south-east and not to be confused with another of the same name in the north-east. Access is by a twisting and climbing narrow road, newly asphalted except for the last 2 km when it becomes a dirt track that zigzags down impossible slopes and hairpin bends to reach the sea. Not for the faint-hearted! Many Greek textiles congregate at the start of the beach where there are parasols and plastic sunbeds, but if you walk for 5 or more minutes, beyond some rocks, it is all nude, with very few people and lots of space, maybe 200 m or more between you, and therefore good for privacy. The beach is small pebbles and patches of sand. There is shade from the cliffs from late afternoon, but be careful to choose a spot with no signs of fresh debris before going close to them, for there may be a rockfall, particularly in the mornings. After 10 minutes' walk, the cliffs are breached by a canyon, and here the sun stays on the beach the longest.
The forum report from August 2016 says:-
Hair raising to get here, but not as bad as Melidoni. Parking, cantina at entrance + chairs. Beach is over 1km long, beautiful calm crystal clear waters. Walked to far end, for a while had entire beach end to myself but was the only nudist. A few boats came in my area to swim, all clothed. Nobody paid me any mind. Recommended if you're looking for long quiet sparsely populated beaches. The beach itself is a must, and def worth the drive down. Bring shoes; beach is mostly (hot) pebbles. Really gorgeous beach, worth the trip nudist or not.
This beach, in the south-west, is said to be totally nude.
But the report from August 2016 says:-
"said to be totally nude" - this is completely inaccurate. First off, beach has a very difficult cliff-side dirt road, hair-raising and rough, to get there. Very small beach, totally organized with mostly families, children and couples; chairs and music cantina that holds occasional beach parties but judging from the crowd, wouldn't risk going there at night for it. Definitely not nudist-friendly, at least in the high season, from what I could tell. Not recommended at all.