Barefoot, bareback, bare everything. If you can tackle the sight of naked men and women and are prepared to grab the bulls by the horns, then Valencia offers not five but six official nudist beaches (and a few others when nobody’s looking).
Valencia has come a long way since the early sixties when the Catholic Church threatened to excommunicate Benidorm Mayor Pedro Zaragoza Orts for allowing bikinis on the beaches, and although bikinis are still frowned upon in church, Sodom and Gomorrah does not appear to have arrived as feared.
The bikini certainly was an explosive invention, and earned its fame in reference to a Pacific island, Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, where the Americans tested their atomic weapons at a time when the Earth was still the Garden of Eden before the fallout.
In fact, according to the Spanish Nudism Federation, nudism is legal on all Spanish beaches, although some are more legal than others, being recommended as ‘places frequented by nudists’, where binoculars can be readily obtained and old raincoats rented by the hour.
For those of you who believe that the world would be a better, happier place if it were able to look unhindered upon your genitalia, here are the ‘recommended’ beaches in the province of Valencia.
PLAYA DE CORINTO, SAGUNTO,
MARENY DE SANT LLORENÇ, CULLERA,