Matt & Megan
Nude Beach Map. Visited 2023
Vama Veche, a raw, bohemian sanctuary on the Black Sea coast, is not for everyone. It has a reputation as being a legendary place for freedom and nudity. We thought it would be a nude beach paradise, but it seems the majority of people here prefer to swim clothes on. In fact, out of all the nude beaches on the Black Sea we’ve visited, Vama Veche has the highest percentage of textiles.
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Once you pass the beach bars and free beach library (yes it is very cool and well stocked!), you’ll come to the almost ‘wild and free’ section of the beach to the far left. Depending when you visit it could be filled with campers, festival goers or not many people at all. This is likely where most nude beachgoers will be, but when we visited most people must have been hangover or napping – there were lots of tents but no one swimming. We found it bizarre the beach bars are called ‘Nude’, ‘Yolo’. ‘Naked’ but yet they attract textiles. Nevertheless there is a kind of grungy appeal to Vama Veche that is cool, even with the added ramshackle commercialization.
Vama Veche is unpretentious and rustic. It’s a place where misfits and mavericks come to bask under the sun, dance around bonfires, and make drunken memories. Vama Veche may have its rough patches and a decent amount of litter, but that’s all part of its charm. The crowd may occasionally feel like a boisterous throng, but it’s mostly warm, friendly, and radiating good vibes. If you prefer the predictability and laidback nature of a ‘regular’ nude beach, there are several polished, more accessible alternatives down the coast. But for those who revel in the unconventional, Vama Veche offers a unique, offbeat experience.
On any given day, you’ll find the sandy stretch of Vama Veche a kaleidoscope of humans – couples in love, solo wanderers, friend squads on a spree, and even the occasional hippie philosopher contemplating the meaning of life. The beach was fully nudist in the past but now seems to have patches of nakedness which changes on any given day. But it’s always buzzing, especially in the summertime when the vendors are busy drumming up business. If peace is what you seek, Vama Veche does know how to slow down, particularly during off-season when tranquility descends, and you can have the beach to yourself.
Vama Veche is raw, untamed, and while it may not provide the most picturesque backdrop for your Instagram feed, it possesses a unique charm. The beach, a vast swathe of brown sand occasionally interrupted by dunes, is dotted with relaxed bars and spontaneous camping spots. Vendors peddling everything from cold beers to unique trinkets roam about, while nearby eateries offer a variety of basic but tasty options. And the accommodations? There’s plenty to choose from, ranging from free beachfront camping spots to cozy guesthouses. We stayed at Elga’s Punk Rock Hostel, where the private rooms were spacious and clean, and the hosts were incredibly hospitable. However, keep in mind that the only truly nudist-friendly accommodation option is your personal beachfront campsite. And pack some earplugs — Vama Veche’s nightlife can get pretty loud! As the sun sets, the beach bars light up, the music pumps, and the party continues until sunrise.
Here in Vama Veche, nudity is completely optional, not a requirement. Don’t arrive expecting the nudist utopia you may have read about in outdated articles. Accept Vama Veche as it is, and you’ll fit right in, whether you’re comfortable sunbathing nude or prefer to remain clothed. The beach’s bohemian spirit is evident in the local artists strumming their guitars, and if you join a conversation over a glass of palinka, you may find yourself making lifelong friends. Be prepared for Vama Veche’s quirks, like impromptu fire-dancing shows and spontaneous beach soccer matches — anything can happen here!
While Vama Veche did not entirely meet our expectations, and there are certainly better nude beaches further down the coast, we still think it’s worth a visit. Be ready for the vibrant parties that can stretch until dawn, which could be a problem if you’re after peace and quiet. But remember, this is all part of the Vama Veche experience: it’s raw, it’s rustic, and it’s somewhat wild, but it’s also brimming with soul. Backpackers seem to blend in seamlessly on this stretch of sand, and despite the inconsistent nudity, nobody seems to care about what you’re wearing. And perhaps that’s the true essence of Vama Veche — freedom to be yourself, dressed or undressed.
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The beach itself extends the entire length of the town, and it's effectively the centerpiece of the place. You'll find the beach just a short walk away from almost any part of the village. As you move further south or north, the beach becomes less crowded and more relaxed, eventually leading to the 'wild' section towards both ends. These parts of the beach tend to be favored by most naturists.
By Car: The journey by car from Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, to Vama Veche is about 260 km, or roughly 4-5 hours depending on traffic and the route you take. The fastest route is generally via the A2 and E87 roads.
By Train: You can also reach Vama Veche by train from Bucharest, but you'll need to get off at the Mangalia station, which is the end of the line. From there, you can take a taxi or a local bus to Vama Veche, which is about 7 km away.
By Bus: There are several bus companies that run routes from Bucharest to Vama Veche. The journey usually takes around 6-7 hours.
From Varna (Bulgaria):
By Car: Varna, the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, is approximately 120 km away from Vama Veche. The journey should take around 2 hours by car via the E87 road.
By Bus: There are bus services from Varna to Mangalia. From Mangalia, you can take a local bus or taxi to Vama Veche.
Elga's Punk Rock Hostel - ⭐⭐
A no-frills kinda place that offers private and dorm rooms. The staff here are extremely friendly and will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. There is a small store selling essentials and pizza in the hostel. Free parking is also available.
Elga's is clean, in a great location and offers less of a party vibe than other places in Vama Veche. This place books up fast in summer and is highly recommended.