27 ene. 2014

Covachos

Covachos is a very special beach. In the first place, because this is not a usual nude beach. It is the paradigm of a clothing-optional beach, where nudism is accepted with total normality, as another option to spend a day in the beach.
But what really makes it unique is the islet (the "castro" de Covachos) accessible only through a stretch of sand that disappears at high tide. If you go in the right moment, you can feel like walking upon the waters.

Last visited: september 2012

How to get there

Covachos is just a few kilometres from Santander. Take the motorway A-67 and exit towards Santa Cruz de Bezana and Soto de La Marina. Cross them and you will find signposts signaling the beach. It is at the end of a narrow street.
There is not a proper parking place. You may try to park on the side of the road, trying not to block it. If you can't find a place (that happens usually), you can park in a field a few hundred metres before, paying a few euros for a whole day. In summertime this is the best option.

The beach

The beach itself is quite small. No more than 200 m long and 40 m wide surrounded by cliffs. Depending on the weather, you may find a little waterfall in the center of the beach. This is the Atlantic Ocean, but since the beach is closed by the islet, waves usually are not so big.
You can use the rocks at the base of the cliffs to walk to the area in front of the islet. It is not an easy,  but this is only possibility and may even be dangerous when waves start to break on the rocks. You must pay attention to the tide timetable: this section may totally disappear.


Facilities

You have to take with you everything you need. The beach is in a natural environment and there isn't any kind of facility here apart from the lifeguards.

Nudism

Not the beach if you are looking for privacy. Being so close to a city like Santander, it is usually crowded, and only half of them are nudists. In the main section, nudists are distributed everywhere, but more frequently in the area opposite the stairs. In the section in front of the islet, they usually choose the area between the huge boulders.
Anyway, nudists and textiles mingle all along the beach. In fact, you can take your clothes off as soon as you reach the bottom of the stairs. It can even be a good idea to prevent them to get soaked if you walk through the rocks before the tide is low enough.

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Other nude beaches in the area


I like:
  • Walking to the islet at low tide
  • Coexistence of nudists and textiles
I don't like:
  • Parking can be quite difficult

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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