Nudism - naturism in Crete
Back in the sixties or seventies at the hippy days, everyone was sunbathing in total nudity at the world famous beach of Matala.
Nudism is a common practice for many Europeans, considered as a right to freely dispose of one’s body. Throughout Greece, naturism is only allowed in a few licensed areas but it is tolerated in a number of places. Most of these places are quiet, remote beaches or coves.
The only exclusively nudist hotel of Greece operates in Crete, near Sfakia.
Many of the island’s unique beaches are included in international nudist guides and are frequented by naturists, both local and foreigners: Paleohora, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Agios Pavlos, Glyka Nera, Filaki, Plakias, Ammoudi, Skinaria, Damnoni, Marmara, Komos, Kalamaki, Kedrodasos, Hersonissos, Lentas, Gavdos, Ligres, Triopetra and so on, making Crete one of the few "nudist–paradises" of Greece.
Remember that Crete is still a deeply traditional place and being nude on a beach may embarrass the locals. Topless sunbathing is fine almost everywhere, unless the beach is situated right in a village.