21 abr. 2014

Barinatxe / La Salvaje

This beach is known as the home for the annual nude 5 Km run, where more than 100 athletes compete in the nude and share a meal. This is not, however, an exclusive beach for nudists. They are outnumbered by textiles that also love the natural environment (even if it is at just a few minutes from the city of Bilbao) and the perfect waves for surfers. Nevertheless, this huge extension of golden sand provides a suitable place for everybody and paceful coexistance.

Last visited: april 2014

Nude beach Barinatxe / La Salvaje (Basque Country, Spain)

Nude beach Barinatxe / La Salvaje (Basque Country, Spain)

How to get there

From Bilbao, the road BI-637 goes through Getxo to Sopelana. When you arrive to this town, take the road on your left following the brown traffic sign to the beaches "Hondartzak Arriatera Barinatxe". After 1 km you arrive to a big parking lot that serves both Barinatxe and Arriatera (textile) beaches. Park in the higher section to be closer to Barinatxe.
From the top of the cliff, there are two paths to the beach. On the right, you can use the stairs (more than 100 steps) that take you to the dunes in the back of the beach. A bit further away, there is a paved ramp to the beach bar. It is a longer path, but easier (specially the way up).
Walkers can also use the coastal pathway that links all the beaches of the area along the edge of the cliff. There is a narrow path that leads directly to the nudist section on the left end of the beach.

The beach

From Getxo to Barrika, the coast north of Bilbao consists on high cliffs and sandy beaches. Open to the Bay of Biscay, it is exposed to the waves that make of this area a worlwide renowned destination for surfers. The difficult access to the beaches (and the variable weather in the Basque Country) has limited tourist development and so it is in a natural environment surrounded by green fields.
Barinatxe is the second beach from the west and the longest in the area. 1 km long and very wide even at high tide, at low tide the sea leaves a huge surface. This is because the beach is very flat, with just a minimum slope until you reach the dunes, and then, the vertical cliffs more than 50 m high. Some sections of the dunes are covered with vegetation and fenced so that people do not walk into it. Others, however, can be used to sunbathe.
Barinatxe is a sandy beach, with only some rocks in the right end, most of them aligned in a particular way that you can found also in other areas of the Spanish north coast. A perfect setting for wonderful photographs.


Video by: Oscar Paz

Facilities

There is a building at the end of the way down to the beach. It was closed when I visited the beach (it was in April) so I could only see the showers on the outer wall. I suppose it is some kind of seasonal beach bar. Apart from that, there are dust bins all around the beach.

Nudism

Most nudists use the western end of the beach, from the ramp access to the left. Not everybody, but approximately 80% of people are nude here. Nudity, however, is possible on the whole beach if you don't mind being surrounded by clothed people. I have seen two or three naked people in the central section, and also maybe 5% of the people on the rigth end. You can also walk naked along the shore (nobody seems to care about you), but you wouldn't find many others doing that.

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Other nude beaches in the area

  • Aizkorri / Gorrondatxe
  • Meñakoz
  • Barrika
  • Muriola / La Cantera

I like:
  • Accessible and close to a big city, but keeping the natural environment
I don't like:
  • Lots of people in mid April, the beach may probably be overcrowded at summer weekends

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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