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Nudist Beaches in Formentera

Formentera

Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands and is just a 30 minute catamaran journey from the popular party island of Ibiza. For centuries the island was almost uninhabited due to frequent raids by pirates plying the islands off the coast of Africa. During the 1970’s the island became popular with the hippy crowd after being visited by a few music legends such as Bob Dylan, and to this day it’s the place to go when the noise and crowds of Ibiza get too much. Having said that, Formentera can get really busy during high season with the majority of visitors being Italians on package holidays.

Most of the island is flat, with no high rise buildings and surprisingly very few historical buildings or attractions. Aside from some local fishing enterprises, the island’s economy comes from tourism, and it’s easy to see why. The stunning turquoise seas and fine sandy beaches are more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Spain and offer visitors endless hours of peace and tranquillity. Being only 19 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide, it is easy to get around the island and visitors have a choice of dozens of beaches as well as a good selection of nudist beaches. Most travellers either rent a scooter or bicycle to get around and the island offers green lanes and cycle tracks to many of the lagoons and beach areas. In recent years the authorities have taken a keen interest in conservation with the introduction of Natural park areas and designated zones of scientific interest, protecting certain species of plants and fish.

With such clear waters, snorkelling is a favourite pastime and it’s easy to spend entire days puttering around the island on a scooter exploring the many coves and lagoons. Evenings on the island are just as chilled as the days with a number of small, good value restaurants and bars that invite customers to share conversation over drinks whilst watching the beautiful sunsets. Back in its hippy hey day practically everyone sunbathed nude and this is evident in the large number of official and non official nudist beaches in Formentera. For those not keen on the idea of public nudity, it is best to stick to the more well known of the town beaches.

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