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Nea Moudania
First peninsula – Kassandra
Afitos (Afytos)
Sani Beach
Siviri
Posidi (or Poseidi)
Pefkokhori
Paliouri
Second peninsula – Sithonia
Kalamitsi
Kavourotrypes
Platanitsi
Kriaritsi
Sarti
Porto Karras
Third peninsula – Athos
Ouranoupolis
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Halkidiki
Halkidiki is a territory in northern Greece near Thessaloniki. It ends in three
narrow pieces of land.
Nea Moudania
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Agios
Mamas is
an
excellent
sandy
beach
with a
nude
bathing
area +/-
3 km.
How to get there: Direction Sythonia / Nea
Moudania: From highway at Nea Moudania
turn left direct Sythonia (Nikiti/Polygros).
After about 3 km turn at first sign into village.
Go through the village 1.2 km towards the
beach (paralia). Before arriving at the beach
turn on the asphalt road to the right, direction army camp (1.5 km). In front of the army camp (camp KEDA) turn
again on a road/track (Odos Makedonias) towards the beach (1.5 km).
Going on the track to the beach you will see there is enough space (very flat) and only a few cars.
If travelling from the Kassandra peninsula, cross the canal at Potidea, then leave the highway and make your way
to the harbour at eastern end of the canal. From here, a track heads north just behind the beach (not too rough).
Travel 2 to 3 km along this track to the concrete watch tower. Beyond this point the sweeping sandy beach is
virtually deserted even on a busy weekend. Park somewhere adjacent to track and walk the 50 or so metres to the
beach. Absolutely no facilities at all so take an umbrella and lots of water.
A report from August 2006 confirms this information and describes the beach as "amazing". Really big and
spacious, excellent sands and water quality, not visible from access road, easy to find a peaceful spot where you
are practically alone. In August a Barefoot reporter did not spot any other nudists there apart from himself. Still it
was no problem though, the beach is so big that no-one minds, there is plenty of space for everyone; the closest
textiles were more than 200m away.
According to a recent report, there has been set a new beach bar and lots of umbrellas for textiles near the
Potidea bridge. You will have to drive or walk more to the North in order to avoid the crowd during July and
August.
Barefooters who visited in September 2007 found this to be by far the best beach on/near that Peninsula. The
beach stretches for several kilometres, heading east away from Nea Potidea, with the western part textile (mainly
Greek families). Beyond the two beach bars near the watchtower, there was just a scattering of people - a few
couples and single men, mainly nude. Lovely sandy/fine shingle (including into the water) and nice nude walks
along the shoreline possible. The track which runs behind the beach is perfectly OK for a small car, and there are
several access lanes down from the main road. They used the one marked "to the Wet Wet beach Bar" (which is
next to the watch tower).
First peninsula – Kassandra
Afitos (Afytos)
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Afitos is a smallish, pleasant resort on the eastern side of the Kassandra peninsula. It has two main beaches,
both textile, but at the top end of the northernmost (left hand) beach there is a small naturist / mixed area beyond the rocks. Walk past all the
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sunbeds etc to where the beach narrows right down, either scramble over the rocks, or paddle round to the small sandy cove beyond.
Alternatively a short concrete path leads up to an abandoned building and another short path leads down to the beach from there.
If you get there early enough, you can have the choice of a couple of secluded areas between large rocks. There is excellent, easy access to
the sea, and although there are sea urchins on a rocky outcrop, there is no need to go anywhere near them. The beach is backed by cliffs, and
so tends to lose the sun by about 5.00pm. Though there are no facilities it is only a few hundred metres to the taverna and bar on the main
beach. Unfortunately this means that you may be subjected to some noise and the occasional sightseer, though Captain Barefoot's reporters
found neither to be too much of a nuisance. In late June and early July 2001, the balance was 50/50 or better in favour of naturism, even at
the weekend. Some days they had the place to ourselves.
The village of Afitos sits on the cliff top overlooking the beaches. During July and August there is a free hourly bus service between the resort
and the beaches. At other times it's a 15 minute walk. Maybe not the best beach in Greece, but very convenient if you find yourself in the
delightful village of Afitos.
One Barefooter, reporting from July 2007, says there are fairly small sandy spots between the rocks. The directions are correct, and if you do
not like to climb over those rocks, it is easy to wade through the water.
There is one larger sandy area, but it is frequented by boats, and no-one went naked. My reporter stayed in one of the smaller spots. There is
also a staircase and elevator going up the cliff, which ends in a private development, which my reporter used to leave the beach.
Sani Beach
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Near Sani village there is an excellent sandy beach with dunes and forest with a nude bathing
area +/- 3 km (see map).
How to get there: Direction “Sani Beach Resort”. Next to Sani Beach Hotel go from the beach
bar of the hotel on the beach to the earth or go from the parking of the Sani Marina part
walking on the small track to the north between a Laguna and the forest to the beach. Other
reporters weren't too impressed with this beach. There is a large development of textile beach
clubs at the south end. There were a small number of naturists hidden amongst the dunes
beyond the umbrellas but it was necessary to put a costume on to bathe. The water did not
look too inviting because of black seaweed and hidden rocks.
Siviri
Decide for yourself with Google Maps
Siviri Halkidiki is a resort after Kalithea. At Kalithea turn right (as you are coming from
Thessalonika, there is a sign for Kassandria, Siviri, Fourka) at the traffic lights (6km). Enter the
village from the main road and go all straight ahead till you see the sea. This is the centre of Siviri, you must turn left as the street goes and
then the road will be side by side with the beach. Drive until the end of the road (it's a dead-end). Park and then walk south (on your left as
you see the sea). There you will find several secluded sandy beaches with rocks also, very beautiful. When the village is full of tourists you may
need to get pass the first 2 secluded beaches in order to be naked. There are 5 beaches that you can easily go.
The only disadvantage is that you may see black seaweeds.
Reports say that only a few people use the beach, so it seems like a nice place for relaxation and nude sunbathing and swimming.
But..…
Barefooters who visited in September 2007 were unable to confirm the above reports. In fact they found that as the beach goes south from
this small resort, it narrows to virtually nothing. They could see no separate beaches going south and no naturists - just a few textile
sunbathers and swimmers.
Posidi (or Poseidi)
Easy to find on the map, Cape Posidi offers a great beach for nudism. Coming from Thessaloniki/Moudania turn right at Kallithea T-junction.
Drive about 20km. Take the road on your right on the first junction after Fourka crossroad, and then again right. The road leads by the sea and
if you continue you end up first in a military-owned camping area (part of a military training facility - the Captain previously understood it to be
owned by a university) and then to an EOT camping. About 100m before the military camping take the non-asphalt road on your left that leads
towards the sand. Leave your car there (unless you have a good 4x4) and walk west about 200m on the HOT sand (so wear shoes). Don’t use
the beach on your left. It's usually a family beach. The beach will pay you back the effort. There's sea at the 75% of your horizon and a nice
lighthouse far behind you. Stay from 60 to 300m from the tip of the cape. Too near is rather dangerous to swim due to currents, and too far
you'll get mixed up with dressed students and families off the nearby camping sites. Take umbrella, water and snacks, but the University
canteen is not too far.
Prefer to go whole June, first half of July and/or after 15th of August. At this part of this very long beach the nudists are usually 70%.
The contributor’s report gives a 70% rating. Other reports give it a 90%.
A report from 2006 said nudists were very rare in August, about 25%. Depending on the weather there were very large (and dangerous) waves
and strong currents.
One report from July 2007 described this as "a very nice beach". However another reporter who was there in the third week of July did not feel
very comfortable when he stripped - definitely best to go outside the peak season. It was also windy and the waves made it hard to swim.
Reports reach the Captain of a beach near Loutra. Drive past Loutra (from Nea Skioni) for just 200 m. After a pavilion on the right, you'll go
down a dirt track on your right side. After a few metres the road diverts (I think he means divides). The closest (pebble) beach is down on the
right, but there are also good possibilities if you go the longer distance to the left. Further reports would be most welcome. See on Google
Maps
Pefkokhori
See on Google Maps
To reach this beach take the road that forks left just before leaving Pefkohori village. The road becomes unmetalled and travels between some
villas. After passing the villas you come to a crossroads - take the left turn to the beach. This beach is about 300 m long, at the south end it is
sandy and very pretty with a picturesque inlet. A Barefoot reporter found naturists half way along the beach on the shingle part. The pebbles
are small and not uncomfortable. If you are lying down near the water's edge or in the sea you cannot be seen from the dirt road. It's hard to
know what this beach will be like in high season but in October 2002 it was very nice.
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Paliouri
and the Google Maps version differs!
Near Paliouri, Paliouri beach has a small sandy beach for
~1-2 km with pine trees.
When driving down on the main road from Afitos/Kalithea
right before you reach the town of Paliouri, there is a sign
for the road to 'Kaviotpo'. It is a regular asphalted road,
with a supermarket on one corner and a gas station
(Kaoil Petrol) on the other. Take that road for about 2km,
and you will see another road to the left going down to
the beach. When you get to the beach, the left side
beyond the holiday homes is used by naturists. It is a
pebble beach, and getting in and out of the water is not
that easy. Be aware of sea urchins as well.
Second peninsula – Sithonia
Kalamitsi
When you reach the village Kalamitsi you see the main beach which is for textiles and the main road beside the beach. Follow the main road
having the sea on your right. You will see rooms for rent, a supermarket, restaurants and a camping. The road after a while becomes a blind
road. Park the car and walk a few metres until you see a path which leads you over a small hill with bushes. After 10 minutes walking you will
see the beach.
See on Google Maps
It is sandy with many tents and clear water. There are no facilities. Usually there are 15-30 people most of them Greek and some foreigners in
high season, but on weekends arrive more Greeks from Thessaloniki. The nudists in this beach are usually 90%. A report from June 2007
described Kalamitsi as "just wonderful and naturist".
However both Kalamitsi and Platanitsi (below) were spoiled by the presence of rather slummy tents, caravans and camper-vans placed directly
on the sand, just a few metres from the shore. They apparently belong to weekenders from Thessalonika who leave them abandoned the rest
of the time.
Nonetheless, recent reports (July 2007) say this is still a nice beach, even with the tents and sunshades at the back. If you do not like a beach
which is a bit more lively, then you should look for another one. Fairly quiet on weekdays, much more lively on the weekends (and probably
August). 85% + nude.
A report from September 2007 agreed that this was a lovely sheltered sandy cove with only a few (all nude) people on it, but several
permanent looking tents etc rather spoiled the look of the beach.
Kavourotrypes
See on Google Maps
In the middle peninsula called "Sithonia" there is a little piece of heaven called "Kavourotrypes". This beach is an official nudist one, according
to my correspondent. Quiet and crystal waters, white smooth rocks and small pieces of sand. Very crowded in July and August. You will find it
5-7 kms north of Sarti village, where you can stay. Unfortunately there's no sign to this beach and you'll have to ask the local people to locate
this small bay but when you get there you will love it. It can't be seen from the main road, you'll get there by walking about 50 metres.
Unfortunately in August 2006 this beach was 100% textile. It was impossible to find any space, apart from rocky outcrops to sunbathe nude for
maybe 10 minutes before loads of textiles would walk around "taking a peek". Amazing beach but shame it's 100% over to textiles now, since
it used to be 'traditional' nudist beach in Chalkidiki. In June 2007, the rule seems to be "arrive first and set the standard". Be careful while
approaching the beach since reports talk about litter and dirt thrown on the path.
2010 - according to www.greeka.com: "Kavourotrypes beach was a nudist beach initially, though now no nudity is allowed at this beach", so
we have probably lost it. But here's a nice cove, less than a kilometre away, on which a report would be most welcome…
Platanitsi
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This is located 2 km before Sarti. You can reach it through the Platanitsi camping. It is 50 - 50 % nude, scores 95% as a beach. It is signed but
not as an official nude beach.
According to my correspondent Platanitsi beach is part of 3-4 such places located in the area. Places such as Kriaritsi and Kalamitsi, as well as
Kavourotripes mentioned above. Kalamitsi is for nudists at the very small east part of the beach. Kriaritsi is 100% naturist but hard to reach
(5 km, off road), at least it is signed. According to my correspondent the eastern part of the 2nd foot of Halkidiki is generally suitable for "open
minded" people.
A report from August 2006 confirms this information. The beach was about 35% nude, but fully mixed, no-one minds, excellent atmosphere. It
offers great nude walking opportunities across the rocks reaching Kavourotrypes, though as you get closer to there you need to wear a bathing
suit in August as it is inundated with not very friendly textiles. Barefoot reporters rate the beach 90%.
A report from June 2007 says the south beach was definitely textile, but the really stunning northern beach was a good clothing optional
beach.
Alternative description: About 80 minutes walk on foot from Sarti to north is Platanitsi beach and campsite. At the camp reception turn left,
straight across small "river" and you can walk nude 2 km and you will come to nudist camp with beautiful beach. There were about 20 persons
on the first June week. From this beach starts an excellent seaside with rocks (500 - 700 m long/). After this area, where you can walk also
nude, you will come to "orange beach". It is 50% - 70% nude with beach bar on the hill, several secluded places for 4 - 10 persons and 1 large
beach which is textile. There are mainly Greeks, Slovak, Czech and German people with friendly atmosphere.
Kriaritsi
See on Google Maps
Kriaritsi is 90 minutes by bike from Sarti to south - terrible journey if it is very hot weather, go in early morning and return after 19.00. There
are several hills which test your condition. The better way is to rent a motor-bike. After rounding Paralia Sykias you will go to next hill and then
you will see sign to the left "Kriaritsi beach". You will find the beach after 3-4 (?km). There is a nice gold sand, 2 campsites with beach bar, no
persons in June. The report talks about an exquisite scenery.
A recent contribution says that Kriaritsi is no longer a 100% nudist beach and that only the far left part of the main beach (as you reach the
beach by road) is left to naturists and the two very small beaches to the right (after you climb over some rocks). I believe that this is true for
the “full season” period and especially on weekends.
Sarti
The Google Maps version
Near the village of Sarti, an excellent sandy beach with rocks at the end. There
is a nude bathing area +/- 1 km.
How to get there: Take the main road to Sarti. After village the road turns and
goes up to the mountains and the next village. Before going up (hotel Villa
Phillis at left ) drive to (km 81) the apartment building (apartments
Apxonthaphi).
At the right hand side of the road there are some houses and there are
cottages on the left. Turn left on the small track towards the beach and the
small bungalows. There is a large parking area and you will arrive at the beach:
big and very nice sandy beach but in the season not many people turn to the
right; that is where my correspondent presumably recommends us to go.
Another report says that the south part of the main beach at Sarti is also
appropriate for nude swimming and sunbathing. It is not crowded and the sea
is wonderful.
How to get there: When you will walk through rocks - about 15-20 minutes you
will go to next 2 beaches. The last one is visited mainly by naturists and you
can walk there nude all the days. There are no facilities but nice sea, beach and
only a few persons. The contributor gives a rating of 70%.
On the north part of Sarti village you can walk about 15 minutes to next 3
beaches. On the third is a small camp and port but the second beach with nice
sand and rocks on both ends is very nice and mostly nudist. Rating: 80 % See
it here
Porto Karras
The Google Maps version
Porto Karras Beach has a large number of small rocky beaches with sand - nude bathing for +/- 5km.
How to get there: Take the main road to Porto Karras. After the hotel and beach resort Porto Karras follow the main road and turn first road
left after +/- 1 km (kilometre 61) sign Europcamp - Camping Stavros. This small paved road goes down to the sea (5.4 km) through a pine
forest, and close to the sea one can park the car and walk/climb down to several small beaches. At one point the road meet the end of the
domain of Porto Karras and there is a small car parking area (blue sign Litikis village). You can stop there and walk to the right into the
domain.
This is a protected nature reserve with beautiful creeks and beaches for +/- 5 km to the hotel/marina. The area belongs to the hotel but there
is no problem to walk on that road (closed for all traffic) and to go down to the beaches. The other possibility is going further by car on this
main road and turn left going down toward a camping site. From there to the camping site there are some creeks and small beaches where you
will be alone (some boats). It seems to be difficult to get from the road to the beach but at some places it is very easy; you just have to try.
Third peninsula – Athos
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Ouranoupolis
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This beach is on the third (Mount Athos) prong of Halkidiki and is an
extension of the main town beach. From the harbour, walk along the long
sandy beach (which is used by Greek holidaymakers and locals) up to the
point where several rocks and a small jetty form a barrier. Walk round the
rocks to find a small sandy cove with easy access into a very clear sea. My
contributor and his wife spent a fortnight here in July (year?) and we had no
problem going nude for all that time - there was one other nude German
couple there also and several naturist individuals dropped in from time to
time. There were quite a lot of ants but even these were "friendly" and did
not seem to bite.
Also, opposite Ouranoupolis, there is an island called Donkey Island (part of
the Drenia islands - see here). Whilst the main beach is strictly textile a walk
through the trees brings you to a fairly large shingle cove where there is no
problem going nude. Take plastic shoes for going in the water though.
Barefoot reporters only visited this beach once as the first beach on the
mainland was more than adequate.
Note: The third peninsula of Halkidiki is a special case. Ouranoupolis is the
last town you can visit freely. Further inside the peninsula, women are prohibited, and men need special approval which is supplied several
weeks before the visit, since this place is meant to be “sacred”. On this rocky area, one of the most beautiful places in the world, lie dozens of
monasteries and hermitages, some of which have stood there for more than 6 centuries. Our advice is to be discreet if you go nude near these
places.
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