Bikini season is nigh, but this summer, ditch the expensive swimwear and show off those hard-won abs on a nude beach. For maximum seen-and-be-seen appeal, make sure it’s one of Europe’s top nude beaches, where the relaxed and tolerant attitude is as welcoming as the sparkling sunshine and warm waters. From Brigette Bardot’s former playground of St. Tropez to Croatia’s many nude options, Europe’s liberal beaches are a great way to work on that seamless tan while enjoying the all equally stunning landscapes.
[Also see our travel articles “The Ten Best Nude Beaches in the World” and “The Ten Best Nude Beaches in the United States“]
10. Wenningstedt-Braderup, Sylt, Germany
Germany’s island of Sylt packs in family friendly beaches, dog beaches and nudist beaches into its slim anchor shape. The nudist Wenningstedt-Braderup beach is wide and spacious, and as part of Germany’s FKK, or Free Body Culture, movement, extremely tolerant of one’s right to bare all. Set in the North Sea, the island’s temperatures are certainly cooler than other hot spots on this list, but the laidback attitude and glorious open spaces make it a must-see.
9. Ilha Deserta, Olhao, Portugal
Uninhabited Ilha Deserta features just one restaurant and a whole lot of peace and quiet. Take a 30-minute water taxi ride and then it’s time to do nothing but relax in your birthday suit. It’s easy to find an area all to yourself on the clean beach, and the water is clear and warm. Literally meaning “Desert Island,” Ilha Deserta is the place to act out all those Lost fantasies with just the parts about being alone in a really beautiful place.
8. Guvano Beach, Corniglia, Italy
This gem requires a walk through a dark abandoned railway tunnel where visitors can literally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once back in sunlight, this little beach is a great escape from the tourists, and the unusual way of arrival and backdrop of cliffs add to the hideaway vibe. There’s room to spread out on the pebbly beach, and the crystalline waters require a dip.
7. Plage Linguizzetta, Corsica
Nudists can romp over the four-kilometer beach of Plage Linguizzetta, the longest nude beach in Corsica. Outside the high season, the beach is a pocket of tranquillity, aided by clear waters and fine sand. The heart of the beach is the Bella Riva naturist resort that’s right on the beach and fully kitted out with amenities, including a few friendly llamas.
6. Agesta Beach, Stockholm, Sweden
Agesta is Stockholm’s official nude beach, where families, friends and couples can hang out and enjoy the many amenities including restrooms play areas, picnic tables and barbeque areas. The government-owned and operated beach lies at the southern end of Lake Magelungen, and is easily accessible by bus, making it a quick escape from the city.