6 nudism-friendly beaches in Crete

Nudism is not allowed in Greece. However, in many secluded and unorganised beaches, it is tolerated, while in many organised beaches, there is a part of them, where nudists swim. Crete is one of the nudism-friendliest Greek islands. It is the best place to be in contact with nature and feel the ultimate freedom. Read further to be informed about the beaches where you can do so.


Although Falassarna is a family-friendly beach, there is a part of it, which is nudism-friendly. Particularly, there are many sand dunes, where you can do discreet nudist sunbathing. It is located near Kissamos village (60 km from Chania) and in a close distance to the beach, you can visit the archaeological site of ancient Falassarna.


Situated 90 km from Chania, the beach of Fragokastello is definitely worth visiting not only because it is a beautiful exotic beach with soft sand, but also because it impresses with the Venetian castle creating an imposing landscape. Just walk 10 minutes to the east of the castle, and you will find a small beach with sand dunes and crystal waters, where all nudists gather.


Preveli is one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches of Crete, located 40 km from Rethymno. A river flows into the sea, passes from a palm forest and forms a lake near the beach. Preveli has remained untouched by mass tourism, and thus it is not very crowded. Due to its secluded position, it is one of the best nudist beaches in Greece.


In the route between Elounda and Agios Dimitrios, you can find a small rocky beach, which is totally protected from the winds, and thus it has calm turquoise waters. It is totally unorganised and has no touristic facilities, but this makes it nudism-friendly. It is not crowded, and you can enjoy there a relaxing and peaceful natural environment.


In a very close distance to Matala, in the southern side of Heraklion prefecture, overlooking the Libyan Sea, is located Kommos. It is an exotic beach with golden sand and emerald waters. The scenery is impressive thanks to the huge rock, which is called Volax and according to the mythology was the rock that Cyclopes threw against Ulysses when he pierced the only eye of Cyclops with a stake. The beach is ideal for nudists as well as for nature lovers as it is the bay where the Mediterranean sea turtles Caretta Caretta lay their eggs.


On the southern side of Chania prefecture, is located Gavdos, a tiny islet, which is the southernmost point of Europe, in the Libyan Sea. The main beach of Gavdos is the beach of Ai Giannis, a breathtaking beach with cedar trees, dunes and thick, golden sand. On this bay, rackets, noise, sunbeds and other touristic facilities are forbidden. The beach is the most famous nudism-friendly spot in Greece.