Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Captain has collected some of
the more regular questions that readers ask. Please read
these before emailing him.
about naturism in Greece
about naturism in Cyprus and Turkey
about naturism generally
about this site
Q: Which islands
are the best for holidays / have good sightseeing; when are the
A: The Captain, although
a regular visitor to Greece, has not set out to collect this kind of
because it is widely available in ordinary travel guides. Large numbers
of web sites about individual islands are springing up on the Web, too.
A good place to find them is the Greek
Q: Which islands are best for
A: Naturism is practised widely in the
Greek Islands. Everybody has their own likes and dislikes and saying
is best could only be a matter of personal preference. Bear in mind
the situation can change according to the season: in some places
is less common in high season.
How do I visit a nude beach in Greece?
Follow the Captain's 4-point guide to visiting a nude beach in Greece:
a suitable beach.
- Take off your clothes.
- Er ...
- That's it.
If you think you need more guidance, the
people at About.com have put together some guidance on how
to visit a nude beach in Greece
aimed at first-timers - it even specifies "difficulty level - average;
time required, 2 hours." Don't be put off! The Captain's rating:
difficulty level - 0; time required - as long as possible, preferably
at least 2 weeks!
Q: Is nudism legal
A: Strictly speaking
only in the (few) officially designated nudist beaches. One
hears tales of beach invasions by the tourist police with sunbathers
dragged off to the cells and fined heavily. In practice, however,
there are large numbers of beaches which, by custom, have become
as nudist beaches. The Greeks turn a blind eye and, in many cases,
actively encourage nudists who do, after all, contribute significantly
to the tourist market and thus to the local economy. There are also
large numbers of deserted places where naturism may be practised
The best advice is to be sensible. Avoid beaches which are overlooked
by roads or houses. Bear in mind that the character of beaches may
change according to the day of the week (the Athenians flock to the
at weekends) and according to the season (huge numbers of textiles
the islands in high season). Be sensitive to the locals and, above
all, do not offend.
Q: Where can I find a
A: The Captain knows of only one operating
naturist hotel in Greece, to be found on the
Crete page. However, there are one or two other nudist
resorts springing up.
can read about them on my Links page, here.
Q: Where can I find
near to a naturist beach?
A: It is not the aim of this site to collect
information about accommodation since there are plenty of guide books
serve that purpose. But most towns and villages have hotels and rooms
rent and with the exception of the more remote beaches if you find
you love it should be quite easy to find somewhere to stay nearby,
outside the peak of the season.
Q: Why are some
islands not included in the Guide?
A: Not all Greek islands have established or
reputed naturist beaches. But the fact that an island does
not appear in the Guide does not mean there would be nowhere to enjoy
nude sunbathing or swimming, it simply means that the Captain does not
have any reports.
Q: Any information
about naturist beaches in Cyprus?
A: Naturist beaches
in Cyprus are rare; however the Captain now has some information
- click here to see it.
Cyprus has many
attractions but if naturism is your priority the Captain advises you to
stick with the Greek Islands.
Q: Any information
about naturist beaches in Turkey?
A: Turkey is an increasingly
popular holiday destination and has many beach resorts. It is, however,
an Islamic country and covering up is the rule. Away from the tourist
areas, women (in particular) should dress modestly and avoid bare legs
or shoulders. There are, so far as we are aware, no naturist beaches
and practising naturism there is risky.
Q: What should I wear on a naturist
A: High factor sun cream.
Q: I'd be embarrassed
to take my clothes off in public.
A: Most people soon
get over any embarrassment and come to realise how wonderful it
feels to sunbathe and swim without a costume. Have a look at "Why
go naked?" and explore some of my naturist
links for more information and guidance.
Q: Don't nude beaches attract
A: It cannot be denied that some do. They
are mercifully few in
Greece, however, and naturists are generally left in peace. The Captain
cannot imagine what gawpers are so fascinated about. Perhaps they don't
know what naked people look like and so have to go to the nudist beach
to find out.
Q: What about photographs on nude
A: Genuine naturist photographs can be
wonderful souvenirs; but,
understandably, people with cameras are the object of suspicion,
especially when they have long lenses. Generally speaking the best
thing to do with your camera is leave it in your room. If you want to
use a camera, be discreet; keep it carefully pointed at yourselves or
at the landscape rather than at other people unless you have their
consent; above all be careful not to offend.
Q: Are there rules of naturist
A: Greek island beaches can be wild and
natural places where there is no supervision. Nonetheless,
please remember we are guests in another country and you should do
nothing to cause offence either to local people or to other users of
the beach. The Captain does occasionally, unfortunately, hear
stories of naturists who have confused the beach with their
bedrooms. Please use your common sense.
Inappropriate behaviour could lead to naturists being expelled.
Q: Why are there
A: There are a few maps
now ... however adding maps is a long term aim. Some pages also have
links to Google Maps including satellite imagery. Finding
free maps is difficult and drawing them myself is likely to be very
consuming and not necessarily very productive ...
Q: Who are you, Captain,
and why do you keep this site?
A: I've been a naturist for over 25 years
and learned to love it during reguolar holidays in Greece.
I'm a fully paid up member of BN
but tend to be a beach
and back garden, rather than a club, naturist. I have been visiting
Greece regularly with my female partner for nearly 30 years. I keep
the site because I think it important to encourage genuine naturists to
keep visiting Greek naturist beaches so that they do not lose their
Q: Do you go barefoot, since you
are called Captain Barefoot?
A: If I can't be naturist, and the weather
is warm enough, then yes, I like to be barefoot. Have a look
at my Going Barefoot
page for some entertaining links.