24 abr. 2015

Meco

The first official nudist beach in Portugal, is not so far from Lisbon but in a quiet region, with just a few little towns around (and not a building in sight from the beach). It's a very long beach backed by cliffs with plenty of space to walk or sunbathe.

Last visited: April 2015


How to get there

From Lisbon, take motorway A2 to the south crossing 25 de Abril bridge. Exit onto N378 towards Sesimbra and then take N377 towards Alfarim. In the roundabout in the middle of the town, take the first exit onto Rua da Marconi. At the end of the street, turn right and follow road M561 to the parking areas in the beach.
You'll have to pay 1.50€ to park in the covered areas, but it seems there are also a few free places next to the beach bars (completely full, even in April).

The beach

This is a very long beach, and only the naturist section is more than 2 km long. Some sections are also named Moinho de Baixo, Tramagueira and Rio de Prata. The width is quite variable, but in general more than 50 m. The sand is coarse, specially on the south end. It is possible to walk barefoot, but for a long walk you might prefer some kind of shoes.
The beach is backed by a line of low cliffs where rock slides seem to be frequent. At least, this is what you can read on the red signs all along the beach. The rocks behind some of them show that there is a real risk if you are very close. Please be careful and avoid doing things like climbing the cliffs.
While the reputation of the beach and the number of parking places suggest that it could be crowded during summer, having visited it on April I found an almost deserted beach. In the first 200 m of the nudist section there were something like 15 people, and no more than 5 (including me) in the rest. The video below shows that this is not always the case.


Facilities

There are two beach bars in the textile area. In summertime it seems you can find lifeguards and rental sunbeds, but not in the naturist section.

Nudism

Meco is an official nude beach since 1995. The limits of the nudist section are marked by two little yellow signs that name the whole beach as "Rio da Prata". They can be difficult to find, but don't worry too much for them.
In the north, it starts right after the huge rock in front of the main parking area.
In the south, the sign is in the middle of the wider section of Rio da Prata beach, but you can be nude until you reach a rocky outcrop. In fact, out of the official naturist area, the north part of the next beach (Bicas), can sometimes also host some nudists.
I can say that I walk naked into this last beach and only felt compelled to cover when I realised everybody else around were clothed. Anyway, nobody raised an eyebrow about my nudity (but remember, it was April and "everybody else" means just 8 or 10 people).

Links

Other nude beaches in the area

  • Belavista
  • Adica
  • Comporta

I like:
  • Long beach, plenty of space for everybody
  • Official nudist section perfectly marked
I don't like:
  • Possibility of rock slides from the cliffs

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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