Finding a decent nude beach beach in Europe can be difficult however, on the beautiful Greek island of Kos is Polemi Beach which joins onto Magic Beach and it is a true slice of naked paradise.
Sure, there are loads of bare European beach options however, I’m talking about glorious white sand that stretches into the horizon, clear water and one line of sun loungers as opposed to being packed in like sardines. I mean a nude beach that isn’t an afterthought!
Now I wouldn’t say I am a dedicated naturist and if truth be told, it is typically only when we visit Kos that we venture down this route but if everyone else is going bare, then ultimately I have no qualms joining them.
Polemi Beach, or Exotic Beach as it is also known is a beautiful slice of coastal paradise irrespective of what the clothing options are. This expansive strip of coastline has the fresh smell of pine from the forest behind, the Mediterranean in front and a whole heap of powdery white sand in-between and is our first choice to get away from the crowds. Given that Polemi is a naturist beach, very few families come here so it is quiet.
There is only one row of sun loungers (with wind breakers) and I’ve personally seen the kiosk owner come and ask those who have set up in front of paying customers to move. After all it’s a long and mostly deserted beach so why spoil someone’s view because they don’t want to walk down the beach.
There are perhaps 15 sun loungers so people aren’t sitting on top of each other and typically it is a mixed crowd of sun seekers who aren’t there for any reason except enjoying the Greek sunshine, swimming and reading a book. My type of holiday!
HOW TO GET THERE
Access to the beach is about 6km from Kefalos where you’ll see a tarmac road and signpost on the left for Magic Beach. Follow the road down past the restaurant (which is handy for lunch but not nudist) and turn left where the road splits. You’ll see a carpark and a kiosk with man collecting money for the sunbeds. If you turn right, you’ll hit the non-nudist section but if you take a left you can also drop your towel and pull up a sun lounger. You’ll need to rent a car or vesper to get there.
The price goes up every year but you’re looking at about EUR8 for two loungers, an umbrella and a table for drinks which the kiosk sells. If you can’t spare the cash, then you can bring your own towel and park up for free further down the beach.
If you have a favourite spot, you’ll need to get to the beach around 09:30 -10:00. After this people start arriving en mass to claim the remaining loungers. Make sure you have a stroll down the beach to the left as it’s totally deserted and a very relaxing way to spend an hour.
Polemi Beach on the Greek Island of Kos is the perfect and relaxing destination for those determined not to head home with tan lines. Grab yourself a good book, pull up a sun lounger and leave your worries (and clothes) behind when you turn left onto Polemi Beach.
Finally, here is a 2 minute video synopsis of my time in Kos. You’re welcome!