23 jul. 2016


Zavial is a typical example of the beaches in the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park: golden sand, cliffs and boulders. Surfers love the waves, nudists love the quietness, and everybody loves the easy access and the landscape.

Last visited: april 2015

Playa nudista Zavial (Algarve, Portugal)

Playa nudista Zavial (Algarve, Portugal)

How to get there

From Vila do Bispo take road N125 to Lagos. Approximately 2 km later, in Raposeira, turn right to take M1257. Follow this narrow road for 6 km until you reach the small parking area next to the beach. It is convenient to arrive early to find a parking place.

The beach

Zavial is quite long, divided in several sections by boulders and rocks fallen from the cliffs around it. Depending on the tide, it can be transformed in a series of unconnected coves.
The widest part is the westernmost end, where the sand continues into the valley along the road. Most of it remains uncovered by the water even at high tide, and it is here where more people concentrates.
To the left, you have to cross over the rocks to find another cove, longer but narrower than the previous one. At high tide a rocky outcrop divides it in two sections, but even then you can easily go over it. The beach ends at the foot of vertical cliffs,

The beach is a well known spot for surfers at all levels, but it is not as windy as other beaches nearby, probably because of the cliffs that seem to protect the beach from the wind 


There is a restaurant in the textile section, next to the parking area. During the summer there are lifeguards.


Although not an official nude beach, nudism is common on the left end, the farthest from the parking area.


Other nude beaches in the area

I like:
  • Quiet beach
  • Plenty of areas to explore between the rocks
I don't like:
  • At high tide it may be difficult to get to the nudist section

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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