Matt & Megan
Nude Beach Map. Visited 2023
Harmanite Beach is an excellent nude beach, conveniently located close to Sozopol’s center. We effortlessly walked there from the city center, unsure of what to expect – rumors suggested it was a nude beach, but there’s limited information online. Contrary to many descriptions stating it’s one large textile beach, the southern end is primarily nude. Though it doesn’t boast as much nature or space as nearby Alepu Beach, its easy access more than compensates for it.
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Harmanite Beach’s textile section is vast. From the western end (nearest to the city), you need to walk about 400m; Fresh Bar onwards marks the start of the nude section. During our visit, we found the crowd to comprise mostly young Scandinavian families and locals, creating a relaxed vibe for a city beach that’s close to all the action. If you prefer swimming in the ocean to splashing in a pond, you’ll appreciate the beach’s rapid depth drop. Given the right weather conditions, you might also enjoy some decent waves.
We visited many nude beaches in Bulgaria, but this is the only true city beach catering to both locals and tourists. While Nirvana Beach is centrally located in Golden Sands, this beach provides a more local experience, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The traditional Bulgarian food at Fresh Bar was delightful and fresh, and enjoying a few inexpensive beers on the sand was an added bonus. The only downside is that nudity isn’t allowed at the bar as it primarily serves textile beachgoers.
Despite being the only nude beach in Sozopol city, Harmanite Beach doesn’t feel like a last resort and should meet all your needs. Nudity isn’t a big issue in Bulgaria, and we’ve never had a negative experience in the country. Harmanite Beach follows this pattern and is perfect for nude beach first-timers. Just ensure you’re a competent swimmer if the ocean is rough – there are no lifeguards in the southern nude section.
We highly recommend visiting Harmanite Beach when in Sozopol. Also, try to explore more remote beaches in the region to get the full ‘wild nude beach’ experience – it’s a unique local tradition, and Bulgarians are incredibly proud of their stunning white sandy beaches (as they should be!).
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Very little effort required to get here. The beach is barely 200m from the centre of Sozopol, however if you must drive there is normally plenty of free parking nearby.
Note that the nude section is to the extreme right when looking at the ocean. Fresh Bar marks the start of the nude section, while the rocks are the southern end of that section. Normally you'll find a decent amount of people here on a weekend or even weekday.
Fresh Bar Harman -
Great bar right on the beach. The food options are limited but what they do have is very very tasty. Sunset views with a drink in hand here are epic.
Note that nudity is not allowed at this bar even though it is right next to the nude portion of the beach.