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Top 10 best naturist beaches in the Canary Islands

A Spanish archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are a great destination for sea and sun lovers. The climate is mild in all seasons, with temperatures ideal for lounging on the beach, swimming in refreshing water and enjoying water sports. The Canary Islands are miles and miles of coastline with beaches of fine sand and translucent waters. And good news for those who love beach vacations in the simplest of clothes, 175 of the 400 sandy beaches in the archipelago are naturist. In Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Graciosa or Fuerteventura, Le Petit Futé has selected 10 of the best naturist beaches in the Canaries! Let's go!

1- Las Gaviotas beach, Tenerife

Located just below the massif ofAnaga, the beach of Las Gaviotas is a small paradise of Tenerife for the amateurs of naturism. Its black sand and steep cliffs give it a certain exotic charm. It has kept an isolated setting while remaining close to the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. An advice, to reach it at low tide to take advantage of the sandy expanse, symbol of connection with nature and a deep feeling of freedom. There is a parking area right next to the beach. Be sure to ask about the strength of the waves so as not to take any risks

2- The beach of the Englishman, La Gomera

Accessible from Tenerife in only 40 minutes by ferry, La Gomera is an island of the Canaries known for its exceptional natural landscapes. To enjoy swimming in the simplest way and sunbathing in peace, it is recommended to go to the beach of the English, in the valley of the Great King. This stretch of sand, which was a hippie hangout in the 1970s, has a sublime natural setting with mountains, volcanic sand and a sea of blue shades. The sunsets are magnificent! Moreover, it is located next to restaurants and other shops. Easy to spend the day there!

3- Sotavento beach, Fuerteventura

Okay, there are also people in bathing suits and others dressed in wetsuits to enjoy the breeze that offers ideal conditions for windsurfing and other water activities. But the beach of Sotavento de Jandía in Fuerteventura has been for a long time strongly frequented by local and foreign naturists. The setting is idyllic with, at the back, large sand dunes that give the feeling of being in the desert. Several lagoons created by the tide offer them the feeling to have joined the paradise

4- La Tejita Beach, Tenerife

This beach located next to the volcanic cone Montaña Roja has a section for naturists, right at the foot of this incredible volcanic crater. The area is a protected natural area, so you can be sure to enjoy a preserved setting where you can enjoy fine sand, a refreshing sea and the beauty of the "Red Mountain" that flows into the sea. The place also makes the happiness of surfers and other windsurfers who come to enjoy excellent windy conditions. A camping area open to naturists and campers is located right next to the beach for those who come to Tenerife for a road trip.

5- The beach of Cofete, Fuerteventura

The advantage for naturists in Fuerteventura is that most of the beaches are naturist or have their own stretch of sand reserved for this practice. The beach of Cofete is immense, with its 14 km length and its 50 m broad. Located in the south of the island, it is a pure visual pleasure, with the mountains of Jandía at the back, the golden sand and the blue reflections of the sea. This is the largest naturist beach in Spain and it has kept its wild aspect. And this contributes greatly to the well-being of all and to a perfect disconnection

6- The natural swimming pool Charco del Palo, Lanzarote

Charco del Palo is above all a naturist village where a sign clearly indicates that the place is reserved to this practice. The village takes place in the middle of lava and cactus fields. The feeling to be elsewhere and far from everything is thus assured. For the times of bathing, Charco del Palo has a natural swimming pool which opens on the sea. A bucolic place as you wish! For those who are used to only visiting naturist beaches, Charco del Palo invites you to try other experiences, those of living naked all day long, no matter what you do or where you go.

7- The beach of the English, Gran Canaria

This beach, which is one of the arms of the great sandy expanse of Maspalomas, offers naturists a number of facilities and services to have a pleasant time. There are beach bars for a drink and a bite to eat, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for those who prefer to avoid contact with the sand. The natural setting is sublime, with the inevitable sand dunes and the sea inviting you to cool off. The place is also widely frequented by the LGBT community. Everyone lives in the best possible spirit, in harmony and respect for each other

8- Las Conchas beach, La Graciosa

La Graciosa is an island in the Canary Islands known for its wonderful preserved nature. The beach of Las Conchas is one of its jewels of the island. It welcomes naturists with open arms to throw themselves in the sand, then go rinse in waters with the air of lagoon. The volcanoes, the volcanic rocks that flow into the translucent waters, the touches of vegetation and the view of the islets of Alegranza and Montaña Clara, one cannot dream better to experience an incredible feeling of communion with a powerful nature that has the air of an earthly paradise.

9- Verodal Beach, El Hierro

Located in the northwestern part of the island of El Hierro in the district of Frontera, the beach of Verodal is a unique stretch of naturist sand. It is indeed the only stretch of red volcanic sand in the Canary Islands. Be careful not to forget the camera to immortalize this phenomenon of nature. It is also lined with incredible cliffs testifying to the high volcanic activity of the island. El Hierro has indeed hundreds of open and closed craters. A spot to join absolutely for the amateurs of naturism and unusual places

10- Tarajales beach, La Palma

Tarajales Beach achieved naturist beach status in 2014, much to the delight of naturists passing through the island of La Palma. Everyone has been going there since then to take off their clothes and enjoy the sea and the sun: locals, world travelers and the LGBT community. This beach has a reasonable size, which gives it an intimate character. If you are visiting La Palma for a naturist holiday, you should not miss the opportunity to ask for its location, as it is the only stretch of sand on the island where you can walk and sunbathe naked, as Las Monjas beach, the other naturist beach, has closed.

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