What is your favourite thing about Spain? Is it the tapas, late night dinners, good-looking people, dancing or perhaps the friendly culture? My favourite thing about Spain is its beaches. Specifically, nude beaches in Ibiza. In fact, it is on my bucket list: Trevellers Bucket List #51!
Nude Beaches in Ibiza, Spain
Spain is beyond beautiful for its beaches, but even more beautiful in the minds of people. Coming from an Asian closed society, the people in Spain are so open-minded that it feels liberating.
There are no rules in the beaches of Spain. Fully covered, topless or nude, it is all up to you. In general, people are topless on the beaches, unless it is over-populated with tourists. For nude beaches, you have to walk to the ends of the beach, where there are fewer people. Usually, you find the nudist community there.
Spain is huge, with the North to the Atlantic Ocean and the South to the Mediterranean Sea. Obviously, the south has warmer waters and the north is a lot colder. So, you would see less nude beaches in the north compared to the south.
Although you have nude beaches in the south like Valencia and smaller towns between Barcelona and France, my ultimate favourite island is Ibiza. There are more beaches around Ibiza like Palma Island and Mallorca, but Ibiza is just a personal favourite.
Ibiza: Party, Nudity and Sex
Before you start thinking, no.
Ibiza prides itself to be a fantasy island with endless drugs sex and party. Honestly, there is more to offer than just the fantasy dreams of party drugs and sex. I spent a lot of time at the beach, swimming in the clear waters and chilling. (Perhaps also because I spent the last 6 months in freezing cities, and the sudden warmth was too good to give it a miss.)
Ibiza is perhaps the most open culture I have experienced. Everyone is super open-minded and open. Because it was also summer, it is common to see people walking around the city in bikinis and minimal clothes. It felt liberating.
The beaches in Ibiza is so clear, it is a UNESCO site. So in general, the beaches in Ibiza are topless beaches. There are kids, young people and old people alike, tanning under the sun and in the waters. I love it because they don’t tell the you “oh god cover yourself. There are kids here.”
Nude Beaches in Ibiza
Well, what is fun when you only go half-way, isn’t it? Nude beaches are typically at the ends of the stretch of beaches in Ibiza. It is a little far away from the public space, but you get all the privacy and space you need. Sometimes all you need is to walk down another path to the nude area, sometimes you must drive a little further away to get to the ends. For what it’s worth, it is one of the most liberating experience ever.
Nude Experience in Ibiza
The entire experience was absolutely liberating. Having lived in the Netherlands for a while, the idea of a nude beach was not entirely foreign to me. In the Netherlands, you can visit nude beaches in Zandvoort.
I did not go to a nude beach upon arriving in Spain. I started with a topless beach, skinny dipping at midnight and then nude beach the next day. It was a gradual change and so it felt amazing. If you need time to adapt culturally, take your own time. There is no competition.
In Sa Caleta beach, I was initially unsure about going full nude. I went topless first. However, when I started to strip down, it was amazing! No one was judging; nudity is not sexualized. I felt extremely free. It felt for my entire life, I had to wear an amour of the traditional Asian culture; girls should cover themselves, nudity is wrong, everything is sexualized. And at that moment, the amour melted and I am finally free.
Since then, I stopped buying bikinis. Nudity, to me, feels like a way to be back in touch with nature. No one is judged for anything. It is the purest form of humanity and Mother Nature. I went nude again in Portugal (funny story) but that was it. The closest I can get to nudity in Asia is a bikini, and even that, is it not highly recommended.
Here are my favourite nude beaches in Ibiza.
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Nude Beach #1: Sa Caleta Beach
This beach is popular amongst the locals and it is also a great place for snorkelling. It is a small quiet beach and it can get really full on the weekend in August!
The beautiful thing about Ibiza is its crystal-clear waters surrounding it, making it into a UNESCO heritage. Sa Caleta Beach is a stretch of beach along the coast of Ibiza, with deep red cliffs as its backdrop. The horseshoe cliffs also provide the privacy needed. You have the touristic area for the usual beachgoers. Walk a little further down and you will find yourself in the little bays, free from the public crowd.
We went in the late afternoon, after the hot scorching sun. After parking the car in the public carpark, we walked to the right, away from the main touristic entrance. Continue walking along the cliff till you find some stairs bringing you to the beach. There, a private nude beach.
I love the beach not just for its refreshing clean water during the hot summer days in Spain, but also its privacy. There are like 6 people in the area, at maximum. Usually couples, sometimes friends. Everyone just strips nude and tan the afternoon away. People simply minded their own business in this judgement free zone.
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My favourite part of Sa Caleta Beach is the spa-quality natural mask. Around the private bay of nudist beach are cliffs with natural red sand. Simply mix the salty sea water with the red sand to create a thick paste. Apply this thick mask paste onto your skin and allow it to dry under the scorching summer sun. Wash them in the chilly sea, and voila, you’ve just pampered yourself with 100€ worth of spa treatment!
- With a car, drive past the airport towards Cala Jondal. The parking is on the earthy ground, expect dry dusty roads in summer.
- With a bus, take Bus 26 (4 times a day in summer) on the Ibiza Town – San Jose – Cala Vadella. Get off at “La Caleta” and walk 10 minutes to the public beach.
Nude Beach #2: Aguas Blancas
Aguas Blancas is arguably one of the most popular beaches in the North of Ibiza island. Once again, the stretch of the beach is divided into public beach and nudist beach. (In general, nudist beaches are always at the end of long stretches of beach.)
It is possible to get from the public beach to the nudist beach. It will be a hassle to cross the giant rocks from the touristic side to the quieter side. Alternatively, we parked the car along the roads and hiked 15-20min down the forested hills to the beach bay. It might be a little challenging to hike down. There is no proper way, and I was hurt by the cactus plants surprisingly often.
But at the bay, it was all worth it! Some families even brought their own beach tent to rest and chill there. We found a shady where the cliffs cast a shadow and rested there. There is nothing like being on the beach nude, eating amazing Spanish cheese, ham and bread.
There are also small stone islands there, where you can swim. The underwater is great for snorkelling and you can feel streams of cold water as you swim. In fact, the create little whirlpools of warm and cold water! Watch out for corals and fishes swimming too.
It is a 10min drive from San Carlos. From San Carlos, drive towards Cala San Vicente and turn right at the Aigües Blanques sign. Follow the road towards the parking area and walk down the cliff. You have to pay for the parking there.
(For the mild ones) Topless Beach: Cala Salada
If nude beaches are too much for you, why not start with a topless one. Cala Salada is a lovely place for youths, families and friends. There were so many people partying on yachts and rocks around the quiet bay. From the road, you have to walk about 10min to reach the beach.
The area is usually filled with more tourists and older people. If you want a quieter place with more youthful vibes, walk along the coast to the other bay. It takes about 5min to walk there. There is another bay with more activities going on. Nude tanning there, but topless is the norm.
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The area closes when it gets closer to sunset. Everyone goes towards Café del Mar and Sant Antoni de Portmany, in San Antonio for the sunset. So, the beach becomes a lot quieter. The best time to visit is between 3 pm and 6 pm, where you find party people blasting music and dancing to the beat.
- From San Antonio, follow the signs on the road. The road brings you to a small parking area with 65 spaces, surrounded by pine trees. Try to go earlier to get a spot.
- You can also take a taxi and ask them to drop you off near the water taxi area. It is a 15min walk from there.
- During summer, there is a mini-bus service from 0930-2030 from San Antonio bus station with a stop at Can Coix sports centre.
- Alternatively, you can take the ferry service from the port of San Antonio or from other islands nearby.
Things To Note
I guess most people’s fear of nude beaches is that you are judged by someone for how to look. But in all honesty, no one gives a damn about you. Fat, skinny, shaved, not shaven, tanned lines, body shape, size, whatever. No one goes to a nude beach to judge another. In fact, the people there are one of the most open-minded and amazing people I have met.
Of course, if you are there as a couple, it can get a little different. Usually, couples do their things at the end of the end in the beach. Or sometimes, in the sea. It is not uncommon for couples doing their couple thing, so just be discrete.
Lastly, kindly please open your mind when you are there! Stop thinking. Stop worrying. Start feeling amazed at the experience.
Remember, because you are on a nude beach, you NEED to use sunscreen to protect your skin! Take care of your skin. If you still want to look beautiful and youthful, use some sunscreen! The sun during summer can be very strong and will definitely hurt your skin.
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