16 mar. 2014

Agios Pavlos

There are two nudist beaches with this name in southern Crete. This is the one between Agia Galini and Triopetra (the other one is closer to Agia Roumeli). To make things more complicated, this beach is divided into three sections, two of them are suitable for nudists but the road only takes you to the textile section. You have to walk to the other two, but the effort is worthwhile.

Last visited: june 2013

How to get there

Like most beaches in southern Crete, the road to Agios Pavlos beach is narrow and winding. From Agia Galini, take road to the west. After some 20 km, take the detour on your left to the small village of Agios Pavlos.
In the way down to the shore you have two options. At a certain point you find a handmade signpost that indicates a dirt track to the "Sand beach", which is the nudist area. You can take it and park on the top of the cliffs, or continue along the road down to the taverna in the main section of the beach. This is a textile area, but parking here is easier.
From there, you have to walk to the right end of the beach and climb the steps to the top of the outcrop that separates it from the nudist area. You can also walk to this point from the unpaved road.
It is here when the toughest part starts. There is a huge steep sand dune that starts on the beach and almost reaches the top of the cliff. The way down is not so difficult, but the way up is quite demanding. Sand slides off the slope at every step and it seems you are always walking on the same point. Fortunately there is a rope that you can use as a handrail.
The last section is separated by another rocky outcrop, but probably you can walk between them at low tide. I imagine that there is another way down from the cliffs to this part of the beach, but I did not find it.

The beach

From the east, the first section is completely textile, with the parking lot and a taverna right over it. It is in a very closed bay, so water is calm. It is made of coarse grey sand.
The second one is dominated by the dune previously described. At the bottom, only a narrow strip of fine golden sand that continue into the third part, much longer than the previous ones.

Video by: GuideOfGreece

Facilities

There is a really nice taverna on the textile beach (the one at the end of the road), and more in the village.
You can find umbrellas and sunbeds in this zone, and also a few characteristic red umbrellas in the middle section.

Nudism

Since I have been only once in this beach, and arrived very late in the afternoon, I'm not sure if I have a proper view on nudist use. Check the links below for more information.
According to my experience, the first, "urban" beach is completely textile, don't try to take off your clothes here.
The second one is supossed to allow nude sunbathing, but I was totally alone there, so my opinion can not be very reliable. I didn't walk into the other section, but given the remote location I would assume that nudism is OK on both of them. I would have liked to have a second chance to check this in the morning.

Links

Other nude beaches in the area


I like:
  • The sand dune, which makes it a very special beach
I don't like:
  • The sand dune, when you have to climb it up

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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