Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
Ibiza’s tamer sibling — with its chi chi restaurants and hippy boutiques — is home to bountiful beaches that could easily pass for the Caribbean. And this patch of paradise, with serenely turquoise water and white sands, is all about stripping back — from no sunbeds to no showers and definitely no swimsuits.
Plage Linguizzetta, Corsica
Shy and retiring types can learn a thing or two from the bathers on this Corsican stretch of sand — the longest nude beach on the island. No one will give a hoot as you fling your bikini to one side — at its centre is the Bella Riva naturist resort with lusty displays in each and every direction.
Playa de los Muertos, Almeria, Spain
Ignore its gloomy name, ‘Beach of the Dead’ — there’s nothing dismal about this prime stretch, framed by volcanic cliffs and dreamy dunes. Instead beautiful naked people frolic in the cool, calm waters, top up their tans, and revel in doing a whole lot of, well, nothing.
Plage de Pampelonne, St. Tropez, France
Eyelashes, lips, cleavage… reenact your best Brigitte Bardot impression here. The French blonde bombshell put the ultra glam destination on the map, and nowhere does beach chic quite like Plage de Pampelonne. It’s the place to strut like a supermodel — wearing nothing but a sultry smile and big sunglasses.
Eyelashes, lips, cleavage… reenact your best Brigitte Bardot impression here.
Red Beach, Crete
It might not be easy to reach — you’ll need to hop on a boat or clamber along a steep trail — but that only lends to Red Beach’s offbeat and secluded vibe. If you’re keen to fling off your bikini, head to the north side along with a whole host of free-spirited funsters.
Paradise Beach, Mykonos
Expectations are sure to run high when you dub a shoreline, Paradise Beach, yet this Greek idyll does a pretty good job of living up to its name with fine sand and gin-clear sea. The hot and heavy action turns up a notch come late afternoon when the tunes are cranked up and in-the-buff beachgoers slurp a cocktail — or three.