3 sept. 2013

Charca de la Laja

This very special beach is in the north coast of Lanzarote, where the lava expelled by the volcano La Corona reach the sea to create a reef. The waves break into these rocks, and behind them there is a peaceful pond of calm water, perfect to swim. Far from the main tourist areas (well, as far as something can be in a small island like Lanzarote), few people comes here.

Last visited: december 2011

Charca de la Laja nude beach (Lanzarote)

Charca de la Laja nude beach (Lanzarote)

How to get there
Follow the instructions to Caleton Blanco and continue for two kilometers. For the parking lot for Charca de la Laja take the only exit on the right, just before you arrive to the first houses in Orzola. After hundred meters through a dirt track you find plenty of space to park, only separated from the beach by a wodden rail.

The beach
The sand is not as white as the rest of the beaches in this part of the coast, so it is not so beautiful. On the other hand, there are less rocks, so more space for you to sunbathe. It can be divided in two halves. The main one is the sandy area that stretches between the parking lot and the pond. Most people stays here, and there are several round walls made with the black lava rocks so common in Lanzarote. To the right, the sand finishes and the rocks are covered with low plants.
The lagoon is the main attraction of this beach. Its sandy bottom falls with a gentle slope towards the reef, so you need to walk for a long distance before you can swim. Even on windy days the surface is completely calm. There are different passages between the rocks, creating smaller ponds. It is normal to find yourself surrounded by groups of small fishes.
On the left the sand mixes with flat rocks. Not so comfortable for sunbathing, but perfect if you are looking fo a secluded place, even if you can't find a free stone wall.
Further left, all the sand is covered at high tide, and when the water is back the ground stays muddy. Definitely, it only pays to go there to explore the coast.

Nothing in the surroundings. The only village in the north coast is Orzola, several kilometers away.

The section in front of the parking lot is textile, except maybe inside the round shelters, where nobody can see you. It seems to me that the ones on the right, closer to the rocky area, offer even more privacy. 
The left half of hte beach is different. As you can see when they stand, most people here are naked. Not only the man-made walls, but also the natural rocks hide you from the main section. The sand here is not very pleasant to go for a walk, so not many people do. So, you don't need to stay in your towel if you are nude. You can walk or go for a dip in the little ponds. Or even you can swim in the main one, provided you don't mind sharing it with textiles. I remember my first day there. I put my swimsuit on to go swimming, but after a while I saw a couple of women walking through the water in the nude, so I undressed and stayed like that for the rest of the day. Nobody seemed to care.

I like:
  • The unique lagoon. Cristal clear water, perfect temperature, no waves, and friendly fishes you can swim with
I don't like:
  • The muddy ground in the areas covered at high tide. Your feet get stucked in it very often

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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