beaching in Fuerteventura

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To finish off out tour of the Canary Islands [for now] we turn to the island of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and is another popular destination for tourists wanting to get some year-round sun. The island can be quite windy (in fact Fuerteventura comes from the spanish words ‘strong wind’ ) and average temperatures range from 17˚C in January to 25˚C in August. It is particularly popular for surfers and windsurfers and there are many surfing schools dotted around the island. Towns and resorts tend to be on the coast as there are many mountains in land. With 152 beaches along its coastline, visitors are spoilt for choice on where to go.

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One of the most popular areas for naturists to stay is the north-eastern town of Corralejo which has many hotels (including naturist friendly), restaurants and bars. The water here is good for swimming although can be rough at times if windy. It has 7 miles of golden sand which is almost entirely naturist friendly and has a large dune area which backs onto a nature reserve.

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In the south, the most popular destinations are Costa Calma and Morro Jable. Just south of Costa Calma is the Jandia stretch of beaches which has a wide area of beach to explore and is also very popular with naturists.

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The water here can be calmer than the north. Morro Jable is a large tourist town and resort and can be a good place to stay if you like lots of local amenities.

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Whether it’s Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Tenerife, the Canary Islands are an ideal place to visit for some sun and relaxation.

[text and photos by Dan]

beach Tejita, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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With his recent post about Mas Palomas dunes/beach of Gran Canaria, Juan reminded me of my trip to Canary Islands a few years ago – turns out I have been keeping some material from that trip that hasn’t been published, until now that is! It’s kind of inappropriate that I only had a story about hiking from Tenerife, so here is a post about one of the beaches of the island.

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Besides the giant volcano Teide, on the approach to the island we could see a much smaller Mount Roja (“red mount”), and that is also where a naturist beach called Tejita is.

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It lies very close to the airport, and we headed there immediately after arrival.

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It was very windy, so we found a spot protected by the rocks. The water was clear and perfectly refreshing after the flight!

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And here is a photo with the view from the Mount Roja that my friend Sean took just a couple of months ago.

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Too bad I missed it, but I’d like to go back to Tenerife again, so I’ll probably have another chance!

Canary Islands – MasPalomas

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Canary Islands is the paradise destination for European tourists during autumm-winter seasons. It is  20º-30ºC the whole year, so the warm and sunny weather is almost always guaranteed. One of the most popular islands is Gran Canaria. The island is divided into northern (with the main city) and southern (with the tourist areas) parts. The capital city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is almost permanently clouded, as the vapor from the ocean condenses at the mountains nearby. But in the south of the island, it’s sunny the whole year.

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The most popular nudist area on the island is Maspalomas. These are natural dunes, with some protected areas (natural park) to keep the fauna and flora.

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That’s why it’s not allowed to build anything there. So the dunes are vast: a few kilometers of soft  sand.

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Almost the entire coastline of MasPalomas is naturist or at least naturist-friendly. There are some clothed areas near the villages of Costa Meloneras and Playa del Ingles, but with a short (and nice) ten-minute walk, you can reach the nudist area.

The water is a little colder than in the Mediterranean, but it has a nice and soft sand floor.

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I would like to come back every year!

Senderismo libre en Tenerife

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Tenerife tiene mucho más que ofrecer a los nudistas que o únicamente playas. Puedes pasear desnudo por el bosque en la montaña gracias al sol subtropical y a las temperaturas cálidas durante todo el año. Aquí te proponemos la ruta que tomamos de los Órganos a Güímar (mostrada de manera aproximada en el mapa): dos días de una aire de montaña puro, naturaleza pura.. puro naturismo. No es una zona de nudismo oficial, pero dada la aceptación generalizada del nudismo en las Islas Canarias, donde la desnudez no es un problema por lo general, y que el area es suficientemente inmensa como para poder evitar a cualquier caminante, no será un problema. De hecho es probable que no encuentres ningún senderista si no vas por los caminos principales.

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La vista al valle quita el aliento.naturist 0008 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

y mirando arriba el pico nevado del Teide!

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Para ir a Los Órganos toma el autobús (o guagua como dicen en Canarias) 345 o 348 de Puerto de la Cruz o La Orotava. El autobús se detiene donde empieza la ruta en el mapa. Primero caminarás por un camino ancho donde ya podrías quitarte la ropa.

Desde donde luego puedes hacerlo tan pronto como subas es en alguno de los pequeños senderos hacia las montañas ( mira el mapa,, pero desafortunadamente no podemos proporcionar detalles exactos de nuestra ruta, de modo que ten cuidado al elegir el camino o sigue los principales, pero en ese caso necesitarás más tiempo , o una bicicleta, para completar el paseo).

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Esta parte del bosque, en la falda norte de la montaña, es bastante húmeda, con pinos y cedros cubiertos por “barbas” de líquenes.

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Estas flores, aunque más típicas de la parte sur de la isla, también han llegado aquí,

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floreciendo…

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No solo estas flores. No estoy seguro de la estación en que florece en Tenerife, pero cuando estábamos era finales de Marzo y parecía que la primavera estaba en su apogeo.

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Había muchas flores,

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algunas recordaban a jardines europeos. Y por supuesto no éramos los únicos que se deleitaban con sus colores y aromas.

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El camino arriba no es peligroso pero sí bastante difícil, pero en cuanto estés lo suficientemente alto serás recompensado con una vista magnífica y tranquilidad. Descansa un poco y sigue el estrecho camino horizontal.

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(espero lo encuentres!. Pero si sigues hacia arriba es imposible perderte, pues se encuentra a lo largo de todo el camino. A veces la pendiente es un tanto escarpada

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pero no te preocupes pues tiene un pasamano.

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o puedes apoyarte en las rocas.

Cuando veas las nubes debajo tuyo te sentirás como un dios que puede flotar por el cielo 🙂

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Conforme vayas subiendo notarás que el bosque se hace cada vez más seco y aparece algo de eucalipto entre la flora local,

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aunque los pinos son predominantes,plants 0008 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

junto a algunos arbustos que no pudimos identificar.

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No vimos mucha fauna, pero un petirrojo nos hizo compañía durante el descanso para el almuerzo;

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vimos varios lagartos de Tenerife.

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Fuimos lo suficientemente estúpidos como para salir del sendero horizontal para intentar un atajo, y continuamos escalando sobre una superficie no demasiado estable.

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Bueno, al final fuimos recompensados con una absolutamente magnífica vista del sol poniéndose.. sobre las nubes!!

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Como estábamos por encima de la línea del bosque, nos llevo algo de esfuerzo encontrar un punto plano para acampar durante la noche; fue un enorme pino que se sostenía sobre las rocas y arbustos. Por la noche el viente fue muy fuerte y congelador, así que nuestra recomendación es no hacer noche y continuar escalando la montaña hasta la mañana.

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Al poco de despertar, continuamos por la carretera asfaltada  TF-24. Después nos dirijimos  al noroeste, tras la frontera del Parque Nacional de Teide

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y pronto llegamos a un punto de información a la derecha desde donde hay una vista maravillosa. Hay pequeño volcán negro (inactivo) – ese es el lugar a donde te dirigirás ahora! Sal de TF-24 y ahora sigue una senda, esta vez abajo. También puedes seguir el camino mayor que es ancho o ir por unas sendas estrechas cortando la ruta. En el último caso no dejes de ver dos cuevas a lo largo del camino principal en las cuales podrás pasar la noche.

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Aproximadamente en una hora llegarás al volcán negro, notarás que el paisaje es totalmente diferente de lo anterior, como si se tratara de una isla negra en el mar verde de pinos.

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Y unas más flores:

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camomilas blancas contrastaban con la superficie del volcán;

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pero sus parientes púrpuras

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y la amapola naranja se veían bien también.

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En esa parte de isla habían muchas suculentas,

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incluyendo un especie joven del Drago.

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Detrás del volcán verás unos pueblos, a la derecha está Güímar. Tendrás que caminar al menos dos horas hacia allá. Aunque ahora la única distracción será una bañera  lleno de castañas. naturist 0002 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Quizás también estarás en la temporada de higos y tunas (frutas del nopal) que son una buena fuente de líquido (sólo ten cuidado de las espinas, si te pinchas, frota tu dedo con tu cabello como si te peinaras y listo) ¡Vaya! ya tienes que vestirte entrando a la civilización. Cuando estés en Güímar también puedes visitar las pirámides negras que aunque se vean un poco falsas no puedes dejar de verlas. Pero ya tendrás una inolvidable experiencia de un paseo desnudo sobre las nubes!
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Spanish edition by Roco y Juan

Free hiking on Tenerife

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Tenerife has a lot more to offer to naturists than beaches. You can go hiking clothes-free even in a mountain forest, with the subtropical sun and warm temperatures year-round. Here we suggest a route (shown approximately on the map) that we took from Los Organos to Güímar: two days of pure mountain air, pure nature, pure naturism! Three days would work better for a more leisurely hike 🙂 This is not an official nudist area, but given general acceptance of nudism on Canary Islands, nudity is generally not an issue, and this area is anyway large enough to avoid encounters with other hikers. Most probably you will not see other walkers at all, if you do not walk on major trails.

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But what you will see is breath-taking views down the valley

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and up to the snow-capped mount Teide!

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To get to Los Organos take bus 345 or 348 from Puerto de la Cruz or La Orotava. The bus stops right where the route starts as shown on the map. First, you will walk on a pretty broad road, but already there you may take off the clothes,

and certainly so as soon as you decide to climb by one of the smaller trails up the mountains (see the map, but unfortunately we cannot provide exact details of our hiking route, so please take care which trail to take or just follow the main ones, but then you will need more time (or a bike) to complete the trip).

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This part of the forest, on the northern foothills, is quite humid, with pines and cedars covered by “beards” of lichens.

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But succulents, more common on the drier southern side of the island, thrived there too,

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blooming –

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but not only succulents. I am not sure about seasonality of blooming on Tenerife, but when we were there in the end of March, it seemed like spring was in full swing.

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There were many flowers,

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some looked familiar from European gardens. And we were certainly not the only ones to enjoy their colours and aroma.

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The way up the trail in that part is not dangerous but still challenging. Once you are high enough, you will be rewarded with magnificent views and tranquility. Get some rest and follow a narrow horizontal trail

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(hope you’ll find it! But if you keep going up, you cannot really miss it, as it lies across the foothill). In some places, the mountainside is really steep,

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but then there are hand-rails along the path;

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or you can hold on to the rocks.

But when you see clouds right below you, you just feel like a god able to float in the sky 🙂 naturist 0009 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Bit by bit the forest was getting drier, and there were some eucalypti among the local flora,

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but pines were predominant,

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along with bushes that we couldn’t identify.

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We didn’t see much of fauna, but a robin kept us company on a short lunch break,

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we saw several Tenerife lizards.

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We were stupid enough to get off that horizontal trail  to try a shortcut, and continued climbing up on quite a steep and not very stable surface.

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Well, at least we were rewards with absolutely magnificent views as the sun was setting… still above the clouds!

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As we were above the forest line, it took some efforts to find a flat spot to camp for the night; it was by a massive pine tree, which stood solely over the rocks and bushes. At night the wind was very strong and chilly, so our advice is to sleep in the forest and better continue climbing up the mountain range in the morning.

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Shortly after we woke up, we reached an asphalted road TF-24 and headed north-west, passing through the border of the national park of mount Teide.

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When we got to an information point with a map, we could confirm we were on the right track. There also was a nice view south, with a small black (sleeping) volcano – this is where we were heading.

After we got off TF-24, we followed a trail again, this time already downhill. We often picked narrow shortcut trails, but along the main wide trail we saw two caves, which could be nice place for an overnight stop if we had more time.

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In about an hour after the information point, we finally got to the black volcano. The landscape looked quite surreal – an island of black desert in the green sea of pine forest…

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And some more flowers:

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the white ones, like these on an unidentified bush

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camomiles stood out against the black background of the volcano;

but their purple relatives

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and an orange poppy looked beautiful too!

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And as expected on the drier southern side of the mountains, there were plenty of succulents,

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including a young specimen of the famous Canary dragon tree.

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Behind the volcano, we finally saw the settlements, the right one being Güímar. But we were still a couple of hours away from there… So, we took some rest and bathed in a tub… filled with chestnuts 😀

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Maybe you will also be lucky to do the hike in the season of figs or prickly pears (fruits of opuntia cactus), which are a good source of precious liquid (but take care of spines, and if you get some in your fingertips, just stroke your hair, as advices by my Mexican friends). Oh well, at some point you will have to wear your clothes, as gradually you will get back to civilization – starting with some remote villas and then the town of Güímar. When in Güímar, visit black pyramids, but the experience of free-hiking above the clouds is surely much more memorable!!!

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Dear passengers, we are landing at… the naturist beach! Playa Guasimeta, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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It seems naturists are really welcome on Canary Islands. Right next to the airport of Arrecife there is a quite long nudist beach

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with very soft dark sand, Playa Guasimeta. Airplanes take off just along the beach, but this gives it charm of its own.

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So, if you can’t wait to stretch out and get naked after the flight, just go there and relax on the sand. It’s also a short bike ride from the city.

Naturist village Charco del Palo

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An entire naturist colony, the village of Charco del Palo, is a special place for naturists on Lanzarote – you can stay clothes-free even outside of the ocean shore area and don’t need to think of clothes even when you walk to the beach from your house down the streets of the village. naturist 0004 Charco del Palo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Or even if you go to a restaurant? Unfortunately they had a siesta break when we were there, so we could only check the Menü (it was in German, of all languages). naturist 0000 Charco del Palo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

It is also a great place for snorkeling and diving, as there are a lot of different fishes and algae on the rocks. About a hundred meters off the shore, there are submerged rocks that make a nice point to swim to. On the way there, I saw some rays gliding by the bottom.

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And there is an arch-like rock formation that you can walk on (and swim under).

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Despite the rocks, the entrance to the water is not difficult thanks to the hand rails. naturist 0001 Charco del Palo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Small children can play safely in the waters of 2 natural tidal pools, as they are shallow and protected from waves.

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If you walk around on the rocky shore,

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you’ll see a lot of shrubs and succulent plants, many of which are you unique to Canary Islands.

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We were in time for their blossom (later March) of succulents,

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so as this parasitic plant called desert broomrape, which doesn’t have its own leaves (well, even some plants here prefer to stay naked!)

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Check this web page for more information and directions to Charco del Palo.