Places, Beaches & Resorts

Hopefully in these postings you can find some help to for your next nudist holiday and when you decide on where to go you don’t spend your day trying to find it.

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CORSICA – Algajola Beach

Algajola Beach – about half way between L’lle Rousse and Calvi on the Corsican north west coast is the small coastal town of Algajola. The town is worth a visit in its own right, steeped in History, the town was founded by the Phoenicians, but there is some evidence to suggest that prehistoric man also settled in the area. It was a Roman port, only to be abandoned in the 6th Century; re-established in the 12th Century; and changed hands a couple of times due to the odd war and treaty until the mid-18th Century. During these time a fort was built and still stands today along with the ruins of a few other buildings that are monument to the town’s history. Despite this rich history the locals preferred the place as small fishing village during the quieter times.

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Algajola beach starts from the town and stretches for about a kilometre towards L’lle Rousse to the next small headland. The beach is one of those beaches that you are likely to find listed in the top 10 beaches of Corsica. You can never be sure who or how these lists are compiled but in any event this beach is one that should be on such a list. This is because like most other beaches in the area, it’s got sparkling white sand, crystal water, a great outlook and a fabulous sunset that highlights the town, making a real jewel of Corsica. The sand is a mix of ground granite and coral being a little coarse which means you will leave it on the beach, unlike the fine magnetic sand you will find on other beaches.

The beach during summer is quite busy. Although there’s a sign in 4 languages that naturism is prohibited. The naturalist section is about three quarters of the way along the beach, and ironically not far from the sign. This section although not designated is basically defined by being the area in front of the tree line that offers some shade. Most people will be naked but you are also likely to have a few textile beach goers in this area as well. This seems to be the Corsican way with a mix of both types of beach goers.

IMG_0442In the textile area there are water sport activities available including jet skis, windsurf equipment, kayaks, and boogie boards and the diving and snorkeling is spectacular. However, these are strictly not for the nudist on this beach.

The beach has a great relaxed atmosphere with the naturalists there to enjoy the sunshine and atmosphere. The crowd is made up of family groups and couples with the odd single person. There is the odd lurker but as with most other long European beaches people do walk the length of the beach at the water’s edge, but I don’t suggest that you do this naked.

The water is generally calm but and very safe but during autumn and winter the beach has some good surfing conditions but these can be unpredictable. You may see the odd optimistic holiday maker during summer practicing their paddling skills on a surfboard in the very small swell waiting for a non-existent wave.

The beach has a very good restaurant that specialises seafood at the far end that stays open late into the night during the summer and a few other smaller eateries on the road just behind the beach. A small supermarket on the edge of town has most things you would need and if you drive there are a couple of roadside shops on the way selling local Corsican produce. A small hotel is also on the beach should you wish to wake up on the beach.

To get there:

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Rail: – Catch the train that runs between Calvi and L’lle Rousse. There is a station right behind the beach. Cross the road small road onto the beach.

Car: – From either Calvi or L’lle Rousse drive towards Algajola, follow the signs to the round-a-about on the N197, cross the railway line turn right and drive along this road for about 500m, past the hotel and a small restaurant or you find a small car park. If that’s full continue on and you’ll find another car park. The road does have a few speed humps and the restaurant does have some thick rope across the road that will slow you down.

CORSICA – Anse de Peraiola – aka Plage de Ogliastro, Plage de l’Ostriconi

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Anse de Peraiola – aka Plage de Ogliastro, Plage de l’Ostriconi

This 500m long beach is nestled on the edge of the Agriates Desert and the Vallée de l’Ostriconi. The beach is best described as a haven of peace, calm, beauty and tranquillity. Ostriconi Beach somehow allows visitors to escape from the tourist traps and immerse themselves in the true local flavour.

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The fine white sand slips into clean turquoise waters in a particularly wild beach setting and really shows off all that this part of Corsica has to offer. The beach is surrounded by sandy dunes and maquis (various types of scrub), with the Ostriconi River, rocky hills and mountains as a backdrop. You may find a few cows visiting the beach from time to time.

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A hidden local secret in the past, the beach does get more popular with summer visitors and while it never gets overly crowded, the beach does get busy during summertime, and is one of the features of the nearby camping area. However, during the cooler months you may well have the beach to yourself. As the beach faces west, you will be able to make the most of your visit and appreciate a spectacular sun-set over the Mediterranean.

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The nudist section is towards the northern end of this long beach and during the summer months will have a strong contingent of nudists with quite a few family groups.

The beach has a small kiosk that has available the usual refreshments, snacks and light meals. Various surfboards and a range of other personal watercraft and accessories are available for hire for the more active among us.

To get there: you will really need a car to visit this beach – the Ostriconi Beach turn-off is found on the road N1197, some 28km north of Ponte Leccia (25min), and only 13km east of Ile-Rousse (15min). The turn off from the N1197 main road is well signposted as is the camping area ‘Village de l’Ostriconi’.

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Parking is free on the side along the 500m of the road. Although you will have some breathtaking views onto the beach, the valley and the mountains, the road is narrow and in poor repair. The lack of any designated parking makes this situation worse considering the volume of traffic. In parts it will be one single lane due to parked cars on both sides and there will always be someone coming in the other direction at the most inopportune time. Once you manage to find a parking space, access to the beach is a walk via a dirt trail through the scrub, down the side of the mountain, where you will also need to carry your beach essentials.

This is not an easy prospect and the less agile might be best to consider another beach. Especially bearing in mind that you will need to clamber back up the trail after your idyllic beach day. The magnetic properties of the sand won’t help either, particularly with thongs.

Another option is via the path from the camping area. But you will need to cross the Ostriconi River, and there seems to be no bridge or dry crossing, so expect at least some wet feet and depending on the height of the river maybe more.

This beach is a delight and despite the access difficulties it’s well worth the effort.

 

Is Sun Tanning Addictive ?

Do you find being in the sun addictive ?

Do you become a little cranky when you don’t get your dose of sun ?

Well, a recent scientific research paper in the scientific journal ‘Cell’ suggests that sun tanning is addictive. The paper claims that we do have an addiction to the sun. So now you can be satisfied knowing that you really are just feeding your NATURAL addiction NATURALLY. At least you know its better than smoking.

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Alexandria Bay, Noosa National Park – Australia

This 1 kilometre stretch of surf and golden sand is one of many similar beaches on the Australian east coast. You may also know it as ‘A Bay’.

What sets this beach apart from the others is difficult to say, maybe it’s the trek through the Noosa National Park, or because the trek to get to the beach makes it a touch isolated and seems like you are a 1000 miles from anywhere. It could be the backdrop of the National Park that ensures you can’t see anything but natural beauty. Maybe it’s the Queensland climate that ensures the beach season is viable all year round. The relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of the beach could be part of it or the size of the beach or the rolling surf, where you may see a turtle swimming about or a fish with a very large tail. Whatever it is, this beach is spectacular. It’s also regularly in the Top 10 Australian beaches and the Top 10 nudist beaches of the world. This beach is one you should make an effort to go to.

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This beach is not a legal nudist beach – there are no legal nudist beaches in Queensland – but nudity on this beach is tolerated and accepted. The police may make the odd appearance from time to time but are generally just patrolling about or on the lookout for something else, they leave the nudists to enjoy their idyllic day. The beach also hosts the annual Alexandria Bay beach carnival during March and attracts a couple of hundred people.

Although the entire length of the beach is an accepted nudist beach; most nudists tend to settle towards the southern end. You may find a couple of people sitting about half way along and occasionally a few towards the northern end. So if you want to be left alone you will be able to find a spot and settle in on the vastness of the beach. The beach is also shared with our textile friends, some who even decide after a while to remove their swimwear; the atmosphere is ensures it’s a very laid back beach. The coastal track includes the beach and a few people will walk past you on their trek. Generally you won’t find that many people on his beach and if you do settle at the southern end you are likely to have a lot of personal space.

This beach faces east; so early birds will see a great sunrise over the Pacific Ocean to great them, but a trek in the dark to see it could be a challenge as there’s no camping in the park including the beach. As the sun sets behind the beach, once the afternoon shadows start they become long very quickly. The best time for this beach is definitely in the morning and early afternoon, remembering that Queensland doesn’t observe day light saving. During mid-summer the shadows will appear about 6pm and if you’ve been there all day it’s probably time head off due to the Queensland heat. About mid-afternoon a cadre of odd men (the sort who are not generally looking for a sun tan) start to turn up and strategically position themselves on the beach, generally as close as they can to a couple.

This beach doesn’t have any services so you need to bring everything with you and consider that the walk may limit what you bring, but you should bring some water. There are no toilets or shops on this beach. There is some shade towards the back of the beach under the trees.

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There are no lifeguards on this beach the nearest being Sunshine Beach to the south. There are emergency radios at each end of the beach. This beach does have strong currents and dangerous surf conditions at times so if you are unsure of the surf, inexperienced in the surf or not a strong swimmer its best you follow the locals and if unsure don’t enter the water. This beach has been responsible for the death of a couple of people over the years. If you do find yourself in difficulty, help will take some time to get to you. The lifeguards will turn up about twice a day especially on weekends in a 4WD buggy and drive the length of the beach, and you may see them on a jetski behind the waves from time to time.

 

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This is an idyllic beach in a beautiful setting and although it may take some effort to reach you will find this to be a very special beach with a great atmosphere. If you find that you can’t relax on this beach maybe you should seek some professional assistance. I would recommend this beach for any holiday and it is truly one of Australia’s hidden places.

Alexandria Bay, Queensland, Australia – How to get there.

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The beach is in the Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, north of Brisbane. The park itself is very well managed. The park has 5 numbered paths that are well signposted and you can easily find your way to the beach at Alexandria Bay. The park is a great place to walk and explore in its own right with areas of rainforest, woodlands, open forest and wallum heathland and it protects several species of bird and you may find the odd koala. You will need to walk a couple of kilometres so some level of fitness is necessary.

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Option 1. Make your way to the coastal holiday township of Noosa. It’s a large well serviced place with everything you will need, including supermarkets and restaurants. Accommodation can be a touch more expensive during holiday times, ie school holidays. Noosa does become very busy during these times.

The main entrance for the National Park is easily found at the end of Park Road which continues past the round-a-bout from the town’s main street (Hastings Street). There is a car park at the park’s entrance, however, it might be a bit busy at times and parking on the street is limited to 2 hours. The park entrance is a 10 minute walk from town anyway.

The park entrance has a kiosk, information booth, toilets and a barbeque picnic area. There a quite a few signs that display information about the park and the walking trails. The easiest path is the coastal walk or the blue number 4 path, it’s also the most scenic with spectacular views and worth the walk for the view alone. It follows the coast and passes small bays and minor beaches. Its about a 3 km walk, that really doesn’t seem that far and its fairy easy going. You’re unlikely to be alone as its very busy at times with people heading in both directions. There is a ‘short cut’ that avoids one main headland onto the ‘Tanglewood track’ (Path 2) that cuts a bit of time but you do miss out on the headland and a great view of the beach looking south.

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There are a couple of other options that go through the park and are a great bush walk, you’re best to check the maps and decide the best for you. These tracks aren’t as busy as the coastal track.

Whichever track you take a suitable footwear will be a good choice.

These tracks will bring you to the northern end of the beach. Although the whole beach is considered to be a nudist beach, most people do head to the southern end.

Option 2. – Sunshine Beach entrance.

Park in the sleepy area of Sunshine beach – either near the beach and walk north where you will find the end of the coastal walk from the National Park. Follow this for about 1 km and you will come to the southern end of Alexandria Bay. This will be a couple of kilometres once you find parking and the walk over the headland is a bit steep with quite a few steps

Alternatively, park as close as you can to the end of McAnally Drive or Solway Drive area, and enter the National Park using a path that will bring you to Path 5 or the Alexandria Bay track. Turn right on this path and you’ll end up at the southern end of the beach. Parking in this area is limited and it’s a residential area so you may end up parking quite a bit of a walk from the entrance.

No matter which way you take to get there – you will be delighted with the effort.

Waikiki, Cala Fonda & Playa de Calabeig, la Roca Plana (Waikiki 2) – Tarragona, Spain

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These two spectacular beaches are two separate coves a couple of hundred meters apart hidden on a headland in a small stretch of coastal pine forest. (Tamarit-Punta de la Mora)  These beaches are very similar and well-populated during summer, but can be difficult to find if you don’t know the area. Once you find them, you will not be disappointed, they are absolutely delightful. These beaches are secluded, unspoiled, have fine golden sand, calm waters and a soft shallow entrance to the water that often has a small wave or swell.

To get to them you need to walk through the pine forest reserve. This will be about a 500 meter walk using a labyrinth of paths that will eventually make the coast and most seem to end up at Waikiki, if you start from the town of La Mora. The walk is very pleasant but you need to carry everything you’ll need for your visit, as both these beaches don’t have any services.

The first beach you’ll come to is Waikiki and in summer this will be spectacular and very crowded, probably due to the nearby camping area, people will come and go all day. The beach is 3 or so smaller coves that sort of separate the beach especially at low tide. The forest comes right up to the edge of the beach, although most people sit on the beach, there will be a few taking advantage of the shade on offer sitting on the edge of the pine forest.

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The beach has a wide range of people as is usually the case, including quite of few family groups and young people from the camping grounds who turn up alone. The beach seems to be one of the attractions for the camping grounds. Although the camping grounds are textile, almost everyone on the beach is nude.

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The next beach, Waikaki 2, is about a 5 minute walk again through the pine forest, if you know the way. Again it’s a bit of a trek and there are quite a few trails that lead in various directions. If you stay on a path with the ocean to your left you can’t really miss the beach. You will find the beach by standing above it on the bluff that overlooks this most spectacular beach. The beach itself is at the bottom and surrounded by a large cliff of golden rock.

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To get to the beach you need to find one of the trails that will wind down to the cliff. There is one at the Waikiki beach end and it winds its way down to the beach. This track does require some level of agility and fitness, especially for the return back up the cliff.  You also need to be aware of a couple of overhanging rocks and branches on the way back up, which can be hazardous.

Once you are on the beach, it is truly spectacular. It’s about 300 meters long and about 100mts wide, of fine golden sand. This beach isn’t as busy as the other, probably due to the extra bit of difficulty to get to and being just that little bit further from the camping grounds. Waikiki 2, unlike the other beach has more of young crowd mainly of couples, who appear to make it a day trip with umbrellas, sun shelters and tents. The beach is a cove at the bottom of a large ochre coloured cliff face and really makes the beach a picture with a the blue of the Mediterranean and golden sands. 

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Both beaches have no services at all, so if you want some refreshments or food you need to bring it with you. A toilet and shower would be a very welcomed inclusion, a kiosk I suppose you can do without if you remember to bring your own drinks and food. A kiosk would probably change the atmosphere of these idyllic beaches.

Access:

By car: exit the motorway at Torredembarra , and head towards Tarragona on the N-340. Enter the township of La Mora on Av, Mediterranl, Make a right turn and head towards the forested hill until you come to Carrer Baix Camp. Park near the entrance to the Camping area ‘Camping Torre de la Mora’. Parking can be tight in summer so best take what you can get, but park in the vicinity of the red circle on my map.

Walk into the pine forest (Tamarit-Punta de la Mora) behind the camping area. Follow one of the many paths that head toward the coast. Its best to ask someone or just follow the crowd. Its about a 500 m walk, but many of the paths cross and head off in various directions. Eventually you’ll find the coast and hopefully the beach. Most of the path head towards the beach anyway. These beaches would have to be some of the most difficult to find so please don’t despair and give up.

Other – make your way to the Town of La Mora and find your way to the beaches.

Some pre-planning might be considered to help you find these beaches.

If you find yourself in the area you should consider finding these delightful beaches which won’t disappoint you. 

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Sydney Skinny – Cobblers Beach.

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The Sydney Skinny is an annual charity event held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head Sydney, with about 1000 people participating this year. The major sponsor is the Nudie juice company.

It’s fully ticketed and participants enter to swim naked (everyone does) over a 900m diamond shaped course in the calm and sheltered waters off Cobblers Beach on Sydney Harbour. The event, held in late February, raises money for the Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife.

The swim is organised in waves that start from 9am start every 15 minutes, till about 12noon and have about 50 swimmers in each wave. Participants are encouraged to book prior to the day and nominate their start time. Quite a number of social groups enter and swim as a team. It’s a fun swim with no times taken and competitive racing discouraged. There’s also a short 300m course for the novice swimmer. Swimmers are offered a sarong (orange this year) by volunteer helpers (mainly the Cobblers regulars) as they finish their swim should they be somewhat modest or prudish. The sarong is offered as memento of their swim.

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The event starts in the festival area in the national park area above the beach with registration and a bag of event sponsors’ products and advertising. Participants are encouraged to be in this area about 30 minutes prior to their start time and then make their way to the beach. Participants can only disrobe on the beach. The event is promoted as an opportunity to ‘run into the water with a flash of exhilaration and the sheer enjoyment of a lovely swim’. Many swimmers run out the water claiming a feeling of freedom.  

The course has a large number of surf rescue people along the course. If anyone finds themselves in difficulty they will be provided with all the assistance they need. The organisers have taken the safety of the participants very seriously. Likewise, quite a few security staff are about on the beach to deal with any issue that may arise, boats are also prohibited from the area.

The media are invited to the event to cover the first wave of swimmers who are in no doubt that they will be photographed or filmed and likely to appear on various media outlets, at the end of this wave the media are sent off. Likewise there are no spectators or supporters on the beach and you can be comfortable that everyone on the beach is participating in the swim. Some of the beach regulars will turn up and watch the swim, to work out who they are look for those with the deep all over tans who do stand out from the participants who have those nasty white tan marks in awkward places.

The event is squarely aimed at the general community having the novelty of a quick skinny dip and not so much to the nudist community. For most of the participants it’s probably the only time they are nude in public.

The event aims to promote a positive body image and a few participants had undergone various surgical procedures including mastectomies took part embracing this opportunity and every encouragement should be afforded to them.

However, most of the participants don’t know that Cobblers Beach is a legal nudist beach and most head off after their swim, with the encouragement of the organisers, but quite a few stayed on an enjoyed the sunshine and atmosphere. A Phil Moorea, Spanish guitarist was also on the beach providing a very lovely musical interlude.

Hopefully they will return before next year’s event to enjoy the freedom and exhilaration they enjoyed on the day.

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Happy Nude Year – 2014

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Cobblers Beach – Sydney – Australia (How to get there)

Cobblers Beach is located on Sydney Harbour’s Middle Head in the Sydney Harbour National Park. It’s a north facing cove, bathed with sunshine from mid-morning until sunset, with a bushland setting behind. It’s often hard to believe that you are only 10kms from the centre of Australia’s largest city.  This beach could arguably be considered the premier nudist beach of Sydney. The beach hosts the annual Sydney Skinny swim in February, and is generally used by couples especially on weekends.

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Cobblers Beach is not difficult to get to by public transport – Daily (7 days) hourly bus service Route 244 from Stand A Carrington St, Wynyard (City).  It is a 25 minute ride. Alight at HMAS Penguin Naval Base. Five minute walk to either Cobblers Beach on the left or Obelisk Beach to the right. There are a few smartphone apps available for public transport for Sydney.

Walk past the Naval base and either:

-          Cross the oval and near the large light post is a track – commonly known as the ‘goat track’ with the locals (for good reason) which will take you on a short trail under the canopy of the trees. You will come out at just above the beach on a clearing, make your way the short distance to the beach; (Follow the Red line) or

-          Continue down the road past the oval and the car parking area. Before the boom gate at the end which is the entrance to the forts on Middle head (well worth a visit if only for the view of the entrance to Sydney Harbour alone) veer towards the left and follow the track down the beach. On a busy day you are probably unlikely to be alone. (Follow the blue line)

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If you’re driving you can park in one of the car parks in the area and use either of the 2 walks onto the beach. If you do drive, ensure that you pay for your parking as the Parking Inspectors take their job very seriously and are uncompromising, so it can be an expensive beach day. Free parking is available about 500 meters back up the hill in the vicinity of the Artist village. The walk will delay your arrival on the beach by about 10 minutes, but you need to be mindful of the walk back up the hill in the afternoon. It will save you $12.50 on weekends for a day’s parking.

Platja de la Mar Bella – Barcelona.

This is a very pleasant city beach and one that you probably should visit if in Barcelona. Its close to a metro railway station it’s very easily accessible, although it’s slightly out of the main part of town, but an easy walk if you wish and have the time.

This beach is reflective of Barcelona’s atmosphere, vibrant, accepting and care free. It’s one of the many beaches the city has to offer and from what we saw, despite this one being nude, most of the ladies on the other beaches leave their bikini tops at home. You might see the occasional person also leaving their bottom bits at home too. However, this is a bit few and far between.

The beach is well serviced with lifeguards stationed about a hundred metres apart and the police also patrol the beach in a golf cart on the service road just behind the beach. The lifeguards and police are clothed and stay on duty till about 7pm in the summer months. The beach has showers just behind the beach which very refreshing after a swim. You can use these nude and most people do. A beach kiosk serves light meals, snacks, and drinks including beers, cocktails etc. It has a seated area for about 50-70 people with table service but takeaways are fine. You need to be dressed (swimsuits) to visit the kiosk. Just behind the kiosk are toilets and a medical station.

This beach also has a couple of hawkers walking the length of the beach selling cold drinks and beer. These fellows don’t miss much and could almost fall into the lurker category, they are always there. There are a couple of Asian massage ladies who also hawk the beach and it’s not uncommon to see a one of these ladies giving an oil massage right on the beach.

Surprisingly there is a small swell that creates a bit of a wave which a couple of people try and surf. There’s a kite surfing club at the city end of the beach and few other pleasure craft about.

You are likely to find the beach very crowded, even during the week especially in summer and it can remain busy well towards dusk.  The crowd depending on when you go will be a mix of couples, singles and groups of friends and most of the crowd will be nude. However, some of the crowd at the ‘city’ end at the break wall might not be as they are there for the water craft activities.

As the city, is very accepting, there is a large gay community and they also hold a couple of gay events, especially in July. The beach during this time may have lots of blokes representing this lifestyle in couples, groups and singles. The ratio of males/females during these times can be about 90/10 and that’s being fairly generous. These fellows will be mostly nude, but quite a few of these fellows were wearing fluoro coloured Euro style swimming trunks and designer facial hair/stubble did seem to be the fashion. A couple of these fellows seemed to enjoy having a bit of wrestle in the water, nothing like a bit of testosterone release.

For the fashionistas, it appear that the fluoro safety work wear we see on building sites in Australia, has made it to general fashion with t-shirts, dresses, skirts etc in the range of colours we are used to seeing (lime, green, yellow, canary yellow, bright yellow, orange and tangerine). These have also come in a range of Euro style swim wear that should be the fashion fad of the next summer.

The theme continued to the bar where quite a few of these chaps were ‘hanging out’. The loud Euro Techo beats accompanied by the lyrics ‘Body to body, oow, oow’, repeating over and over, added to the atmosphere.  To be fair it was Gay Pride time anyway.

However, the beach is used by male/female couples who will make the beach very crowded and usually it will be a 50/50 mix. All ages will be represented and they will tend to stay at the city end, the other end will mainly be textiles and the gentlemen will occupy the middle bit.

The beach is generally well behaved, but there may be the odd couple engaging in a bit of discrete libertine action.  The discerning gentleman types are OK, apart from the odd arse slap, greetings by a quick peck on the lips etc and this could be anywhere else in the world.

Cleanliness – Impeccable – A few ciggy butts in the sand but otherwise very clean. They did have a couple of anti-litter signs and bins about.

Lurkers – The usual one or two, but they were just wandering around the crowd clothed, but really they were no problem, and again very well behaved.

Atmosphere – very good and well worth a visit just for that.

Sand – Course slightly grey colour with small pieces of shell.

Size of beach –about 500mts long and 250 wide.

 This is a great beach and the fact that it is very close to town adds to its attraction. If you visit Barcelona, this is one of the cities attractions you should drop by and enjoy.