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 festivals;
A: The Captain, although
a regular visitor to Greece, has not set out to collect this kind of information
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 naturism?
A: Naturism is practised widely in the
Greek Islands. Everybody has their own likes and dislikes and saying which
is best could only be a matter of personal preference. Bear in mind that
the situation can change according to the season: in some places naturism
is less common in high season.
Q: How do I visit a nude beach in Greece?
A: Follow the Captain's 4-point guide to
visiting a nude beach in Greece:
- Find 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 occasionally
hears tales of beach invasions by the tourist police with sunbathers being
dragged off to the cells and fined heavily. In practice, however,
there are large numbers of beaches which, by custom, have become adopted
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 safely.
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 islands
at weekends) and according to the season (huge numbers of textiles invade
the islands in high season). Be sensitive to the locals and, above
all, do not offend.
Q: Where can I find a naturist hotel?
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.
You can read about them on my Links page,
Q: Where can I find accommodation
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 which
serve that purpose. But most towns and villages have hotels and rooms to
rent and with the exception of the more remote beaches if you find somewhere
you love it should be quite easy to find somewhere to stay nearby, especially
outside the peak of the season.
Q: Why are some islands not included in the Guide?
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. There is one exception: Tinos, in
relation to which the Captain has taken the view that the island's unique
religious character is such that including it in the Guide at all risks causing
offence. The Captain himself sees no contradiction between naturism and
religion, but nonetheless prefers to be cautious.
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 beach?
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
go naked?" and explore some of my naturist
links for more information and guidance.
Q: Don't nude beaches attract gawpers?
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 beaches?
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 etiquette?
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.
About this site
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 copyright
free maps is difficult and drawing them myself is likely to be very time
consuming and not necessarily very productive ...
Q: Who are you, Captain,
and why do you keep this site?
A: I'm a fully
paid up member of BN
and although I'm a former member of
Fiveacres club I tend to be a beach
and back garden, rather than a club, naturist. I have been visiting
Greece regularly with my female partner for over twenty 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 character.
Q: Do you go barefoot, since you are called Captain Barefoot?
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.