Naturism has long been popular on Lanzarote, but if you want to let it all hang out you’ll find some places are more welcoming than others. Here’s the low-down on public nudity on Lanzarote.
There is no national law against public nudity in Spain. But that does not mean you can strip on Puerto del Carmen’s Strip – you could face a charge of public indecency if you did.
Local laws can ban nudism, but the only place on Lanzarote that does so is Teguise, as the result of a widely-criticised 2016 bye-law. In theory, this could affect naturists at Famara or the southern part of Charco del Palo but we have heard no reports of the law ever being enforced, and Teguise still promotes some areas as naturist.
BEACHES AND COVES
In most cases, naturism depends on footfall. You won’t find naturist beaches in any of the main resorts, while remote, deserted beaches are favoured by naturists.
The main nudist beaches at Papagayo are now the Caleta de Congrio, Puerto Muelas and part of Playa de Mujeres. The Playa de Papagayo itself is unofficially “textile only”, and it’s also rare to see nudists on the Playa de Cera next to it.
The rocks at the Barranco del Quíquere, between Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero, are often used by nudists, while the area of the Matagorda beach where the aeroplanes come into land is not officially a naturist beach but is often used as such. You’ll also find nudists using the Ensenada de las Caletas, near Las Caletas next to Costa Teguise.
Charco del Palo is a village on Lanzarote’s east coast where public nudity is widely accepted, with pools and rocks that are frequently used by naturists.
Other beaches used by naturists are the Playa de Cochino in Tinajo, the Playa del Risco at the foot of the Famara cliff, the strand at Janubio and Playa de la Cantería near Órzola. All are remote beaches.
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