28 mar. 2016

Around Lanzarote, lonely beaches for nudists

If you are on holidays in Lanzarote, you are probably staying in one of the tourist resorts in the southern and eastern coast, next to awesome beaches. If you are a nudist, you have probably heard about the wonderful Papagayo beaches near Playa Blanca.
But even on this little island, the variety of landscapes is amazing. You will miss great experiences if you don't visit the north coast. Especially if you are a nudist and like places a bit out of the beaten path.

Departing from Playa Blanca, on the south, you can start the route at Playa Quemada to discover how Lanzarote villages may have been before the arrival of mass tourism. The quiet south half of pebbly Playa Quemada beach can be enjoyed in the nude.
Continue northbound, but skip Costa Calma, Arrecife or Costa Teguise. Your next stop should be Charco del Palo, the only nudist village in the Canary Islands. In a rocky section of the northeast coast, far from any other town, you can find this naturist paradise with warm temperatures and sun all year round. There are several holyday appartment buildings, a little shopping centre and restaurants so you can spend there all day naked, even on the street. There isn't any proper beach, but some sandy areas to sunbathe and a nice sea-water pool. And it is a popular diving spot!
North of Charco del Palo you enter Malpais de la Corona, a volcanic area created by the eruptions of Montaña de la Corona, the highest volcano in the island. Lava rocks are sharp, broken, with an intense black color. Few plants can live there. You will have to continue to the northwestern corner of Lanzarote to find the next town: Orzola. This is a nice fishing village that you should visit, not only for the excellent fish in their restaurants, but to take the ferry to La Graciosa, an almost deserted tiny island less than 30 minutes away where most beaches are clothes-optional.
But before Orzola, the north coast road offers stunning views. There are several places where bright white sand has filled the gaps between the rocks and created little beaches. The biggest one is Caleton Blanco, but you can find similar coves all along the road to Orzola.

In the same area, Charca de la Laja is a different type of beach, but not less beautiful. Flat, with golden sand, what makes it special is the lagoon created by a barrier of rocks that stop the waves. Don't worry if it seems to be a textile beach: it is also OK if you decide to sunbathe au naturel.
The coastal road ends at Orzola. Risco de Famara, a steep mountain range forces you to drive back for a few kilometers in order to reach the west coast.
From the top of Risco, Mirador del Rio offers awesome views of La Graciosa and the rest of islets in Archipielago Chinijo, and at the foot of the mountains, Famara beach. This building, perfectly integrated in nature, is one of the works of local artist Cesar Manrique, who also created Jameos del Agua or Jardin de Cactus.

Famara is the longest beach in Lanzarote. More than 7 km long, almost isolated and with constant winds and waves. The perfect spot for extreme sports. Most people stays on the south half, between Caleta de Famara and the Bungalows Playa Famara, probably the best option in the area for nudists. Not exactly a naturist resort, the privacy of gardens and the proximity to the beach invite to take off the clothes. In fact, beyond this point, nobody cares about bathing suits.

Further south, Timanfaya Natural Park shows the slow changes after the dramatic eruptions in 1736, a really unique place. Ask for information about guided walking routes.
El Golfo and its beautiful (but toxic) green lagoon, the long black sand Janubio beach or the waves emerging from the holes at Los Hervideros are the last attractions before you reach the outskirts of Playa Blanca and the south coast.
The whole route around Lanzarote can be completed by car on a single day, but I would suggest to take your time and relax. You are on holidays.

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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