Road Closure Affects Spanish Nude Beaches

If you’re planning to enjoy the nudist beaches along the beautiful but wild Mazarrón coast of Murcia, Spain, you’d better pack a stout pair of walking boots along with the sun cream.

Because from 1st July 2017, the nudist beaches of Playa Cueva de Lobos/Moreras, Playa Amarilla, Playa de la Grúa, Cala de Leño, Cala Desnuda, Playa del Barranco Ancho and Playa Hondón del Fondo are only accessible on foot or bicycle.

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In late June the municipal council of Mazarrón announced that the dirt track running along the coastline between Bolnuevo and the Cañada de Gallego beaches would be permanently closed to mechanised transport from 1st July 2017, limiting access to the stretch of wild and nudist beaches along this coastline to those on foot or bicycle.

Prior to the closure it has been possible to park alongside the nudist beaches. From July, only those on foot and bicycle will be permitted to use this track.

This decision makes it difficult to access the nudist beaches of the municipality from the Bolnuevo end. The track is in poor condition, and it’s a long way to carry chairs, towels, provisions and even basics such as drinking water on foot in 35 degrees of heat, as there are no services in these areas. Camper vans could previously drive right down to Cala de Leño.

This of course, makes it even more important to carry a mobile phone if using these beaches in case medical assistance is required and to ensure that sunscreen, hats and water are taken along, particularly during the peak summer period.

Earlier in 2017 the municipal council of Mazarrón passed a municipal ordenanza making it illegal to bathe nude on any of the beaches other than those specifically designated as nudist beaches in the municipality. In particular this legislation aimed to stop nude bathing on the first two beaches in this stretch of coastline, namely Playa del Rincón and Playa Piedra Mala, which are NOT nudist beaches, but are regularly used by nudists not wishing to use the bumpy track to drive down to the designated nudist beaches.

This track closure means that nudists are best advised to access the beaches from the Cañada de Gallego end, where there is plenty of parking space, and walk to the nudist beaches from here. This section of beach, however, is not signposted from Cañada de Gallego, and the best advice is to turn left into the greenhouse complexes and follow the sandy tracks until reaching the sea, then drive left along the coastline until reaching the new barrier.

Take note that the only official nudist beaches along this stretch of coastline are: Cueva de los Lobos, Playa Amarilla, Playa de la Grúa, Cala de Leño, Cala Desnuda, Playa del Barranco Ancho and Playa Hondón, all of which are affected by the track restrictions. If you’re daunted by the prospect of a long, hot walk and are tempted to strip off anywhere else, you’re likely to end up in a Spanish courtroom!

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