Matt & Megan
Nude Beach Map. Visited 2023
Wow, what a remarkable beach!
While you won’t typically find reviews of remote beaches on our site, we felt compelled to give a shout-out to Agios Pavlos near Loutro – one of many nude beaches in Crete. It merits mention not only for its semi-organized and frequently visited status, but also for its breathtaking beauty and profound spirit. This locale truly captures the essence of the nude beach experience. Despite the challenges of reaching it, there’s still plenty to do. You’ll find a charming little taverna serving delicious, authentic cuisine, and the Church of Saint Paul – the smallest church we’ve ever encountered.
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We stumbled upon this beach while taking a boat tour with Vritomartis Nudist Resort, despite staying here for only an hour or so we were captivated. There were a few couples camping on the beach going for a naked dip along with other day trippers relaxing on the shore. Apart from that the beach was empty. It was perfection and the added friendliness of the taverna owner just made this place feel like paradise. Good news – we returned a year later and nothing has changed.
There are plenty of remote beaches you can go nude at around this part of Crete. This is the closest organised beach to Loutro and while you can probably go naked along 90% of the coast, Agios Pavlos deserves to be visited. Unlike nearby Sweetwater Beach you find regularly scheduled boats coming here or huge crowds of tourists (the small boat tour from Vritomartis comes here for an hour or so each week).
We’ll admit we cheat coming here. Rather than hiking in the sun we took a boat and anchored slightly offshore. Bonus is that you’ll see people in this part of the world drive boats sans clothing. I mean come on! Talk about a nude friendly destination. Obviously keep it respectful when you see large boats and cover up before entering the small church at Agios Pavlos. If you do prefer to arrive by foot, we’ve heard the hike from Loutro is breathtaking. According to locals, early morning or late afternoon is the ideal time to travel, allowing you to avoid the harshest heat of the day.
Overall, if you’re in this part of Crete make sure you plan at least a daytrip to Agios Pavlos (the southern beach near Loutro). Bring some cash, water shoes and at least towel – because that’s all you’ll need to enjoy this place! The journey is worth it. Tell the taverna owner we sent you for the raki.
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There is no hiding from the fact it is tricky to get here. There are no roads or shortcuts so you'll need to take a journey:
Hiking: It is a hot 3 hour walk from Loutro or a 90 minute walk from Agia Roumeli. Some people camp here overnight which is a great option as there is plenty of space top setup a tent on the beach and lots of fresh water from the springs.
Boat: The beach is a short 20minute ride from Loutro. Find a water taxi service that will pickup and drop you off for the day, these normally start around 100 euros. Another option is to rent your own boat from Notos Mare in Chora Sfakia which is a surprisingly affordable option. Self drive boats start from 140 euros and hold 4 people. Gas is extra and it'll take you around 90mins to reach Agios Pavlos.