18 ago. 2013

Papagayo: the nudist corner in Lanzarote

In fact, there is only one beach called Papagayo in Lanzarote, but the name is commonly given to the group of beaches in the natural park Los Ajaches, in the southeast end of the island. From the eight beaches, nudism is more or less practiced in all but in the real Papagayo beach.

Last visited: december 2011

Papagayo nude beaches (Lanzarote)

Papagayo nude beaches (Lanzarote)

How to get there

In the big roundabout you find going to Playa Blanca from Femes there is a sign to Papagayo. That road becomes an unpaved track after a few hundred metres. Following it, we arrive to the entrance of the natural park Los Ajaches.
In 2011, you had to pay 3€ per car to enter the protected area. The road continues to the three parking lots, each one servicing a group of close beaches.
On foot, you can get there from Playa Blanca. In the eastern end of the sea promenade, past the last hotel, you can see the paths that lead to the beaches. The first one, Playa Mujeres, can be reached in 10 minutes. To the rest of them you can follow the paths or, at low tide, walk along the shore.

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The beaches

From Playa Blanca, the beaches we find are:
The first 4 beaches are on the south coast, the rest on the east. There is a difference in the views (the south ones face Fuerteventura and Lobos island), but also in the state of the sea, very calm in the south.


There is a small restaurant overlooking Papagayo and La Cera beaches. I have never been there, but people say it is quite expensive. Another one in Puerto Muelas beach was close every time I was there.


Tolerated on most beaches, but not in the same extent:
  • Playa Mujeres beach: No problem to be nude in the eastern end. Depending on the day, you may find nudists in the center, but the half closest to Playa Blanca is clearly textile.
  • Caletón del Cobre : No problem.
  • Caletón de San Marcial: No problem.
  • La Cruz beach: Nudists and textiles are mixed all along the beach, even if nudism is more common in both ends.
  • La Cera beach: Nudists only occasionally  in the first cove coming from the west. Not passing the rocks.
  • Papagayo beach: I have never seen anybody nude there. Maybe it could be possible early in the morning, but the beach is the most famous and quite small, so it is usually crowded until sunset. Definitively a wonderful beach, but not nudist.
  • Caleta del Congrio: The most clearly nudist beach in the area. Very few textiles, only in the center.
  • Puerto Muelas: Shared by nudists (mainly in both endas) and textiles (mainly in the center).
Apart from the beaches, one of the biggest pleasures in Papagayo area is the possibility to walk all along the shore without a swimsuit. You have to be careful to cross the rocks that separate the beaches, slippery because of the water.
Starting in the nudist area of Playa Mujeres, you can walk nude until the beginning of playa de La Cera. From there, you have to leave the shore and go through the parking lot towards Caleta del Congrio. Take your clothes out again, and you can walk until Puerto Muelas. Probably you could continue through the paths in Los Ajaches natural park to arrive at Playa Quemada, but I have never tried this.


I like:
  • Nudists and textiles mix naturally in most beaches
  • Long walks crossing several beaches
  • Protected environment
I don't like:
  • Nudism is not possible in some of the beaches
  • On sunny days you can not find shadowed areas

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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