With a fabulous
climate, the best beaches in Europe, and a relaxed and sensible attitude
towards public nudity, it’s no surprise that Portugal is becoming an
increasingly popular destination for naturist holidaymakers.
Here are 10 great
reasons to visit Portugal
There are a growing
number of guest houses, campsites and rented accommodation options ideal for singles,
couples, families or groups of friends, as well as plenty of beaches where
nudity is the order of the day, frequented by tourists who may be staying in
non-naturist accommodation but who still want to go home with an all-over tan.
Portugal has the best beaches in Europe
- why do you think we live here! From north to south there's a stretch of
coastline to suit everybody, from sheltered dunes to rocky coves, tiny bays to
vast stretches of open sands, and shallow lagoons to the crashing surf of the
Blessed with over
300 days of sunshine a year, Portugal
enjoys the perfect climate to complement its spectacular shoreline. Particularly
in the Algarve
and Alentejo regions, spring comes early, summers are long and hot, autumn is
mild, and even in winter you can get many pleasantly temperate days with
There is a
Portuguese expression, nao faz mal, which roughly translates as ‘it
doesn’t matter.’ It perfectly sums up the country’s laid-back attitude towards
many things, including nakedness in public, and is the reason why many beaches,
even if not officially recognised as naturist, are naturist by default or
common consent. Public nudity is not actually against the law in Portugal, and
an offence is only committed if somebody feels morally offended and files a
complaint - an unlikely occurrence.
PEACE AND QUIET
Compared to some of
its larger European neighbours, Portugal’s
naturist tourism industry is still in its early stages, and there is currently
no equivalent to the likes of Vera Playa in Spain
or Cap d’Agde in France
in the way of large purpose-built naturist resorts - which many might see as a
good thing! Portugal is also
a country over twice the size of the Netherlands
and only marginally smaller than England, yet with a population of
just 10 million - so imagine how much space there is?
For those who like
to get out and about, Portugal is one of the most beautiful yet relatively
undiscovered countries in western Europe, with scenery ranging from the
mountains on the border with Spain to the east and north, the wine-clad slopes
of the Douro near Porto, the sweeping plains of the Alentejo, and the
spectacular west and south coasts.
have more than enough to satisfy them…historic cities like Lisbon and Porto,
walled settlements and castles galore, cathedrals, churches, monasteries and
museums, and no less than 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
FOOD & DRINK
There’s far more to
Portuguese cuisine than chicken piri-piri. Discover hearty rustic fare in the
countryside, sophisticated dining in the major cities, great fish and seafood,
and of course Portugal’s
world-famous wines and ports.
friendly, proud of their traditions but happy to welcome visitors to their
country and open to international influences, the Portuguese people are a
delight. Try to learn a few words of the language if you are a foreign visitor,
but don’t be put off… English, German and Dutch in particular are widely spoken
in many of the more cosmopolitan areas, not least by the many expatriates who
have made their home in this wonderful country.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Despite the ongoing challenges of the credit crunch, exchange
rates and the instability of the euro, Portugal still represents good value for
money compared to many places in Europe, making it attractive not only to the
cost-conscious visitor, but also to anyone looking for affordable luxury.
For more information see the Naturist Holiday Guide at www.naturist-holiday-guide.com