Polemi Beach – Going bare on the Greek island of Kos

Finding a decent nude beach beach in Europe can be difficult however, on the beautiful Greek island of Kos is Polemi Beach which joins onto Magic Beach and it is a true slice of naked paradise.

Sure, there are loads of bare European beach options however, I’m talking about glorious white sand that stretches into the horizon, clear water and one line of sun loungers as opposed to being packed in like sardines. I mean a nude beach that isn’t an afterthought!

Now I wouldn’t say I am a dedicated naturist and if truth be told, it is typically only when we visit Kos that we venture down this route but if everyone else is going bare, then ultimately I have no qualms joining them.

Polemi Beach, or Exotic Beach as it is also known is a beautiful slice of coastal paradise irrespective of what the clothing options are. This expansive strip of coastline has the fresh smell of pine from the forest behind, the Mediterranean in front and a whole heap of powdery white sand in-between and is our first choice to get away from the crowds. Given that Polemi is a naturist beach, very few families come here so it is quiet.

There is only one row of sun loungers (with wind breakers) and I’ve personally seen the kiosk owner come and ask those who have set up in front of paying customers to move. After all it’s a long and mostly deserted beach so why spoil someone’s view because they don’t want to walk down the beach.

There are perhaps 15 sun loungers so people aren’t sitting on top of each other and typically it is a mixed crowd of sun seekers who aren’t there for any reason except enjoying the Greek sunshine, swimming and reading a book. My type of holiday!

HOW TO GET THERE

Access to the beach is about 6km from Kefalos where you’ll see a tarmac road and signpost on the left for Magic Beach. Follow the road down past the restaurant (which is handy for lunch but not nudist) and turn left where the road splits. You’ll see a carpark and a kiosk with man collecting money for the sunbeds. If you turn right, you’ll hit the non-nudist section but if you take a left you can also drop your towel and pull up a sun lounger. You’ll need to rent a car or vesper to get there.

COST
The price goes up every year but you’re looking at about EUR8 for two loungers, an umbrella and a table for drinks which the kiosk sells. If you can’t spare the cash, then you can bring your own towel and park up for free further down the beach.

MY ADVICE
If you have a favourite spot, you’ll need to get to the beach around 09:30 -10:00. After this people start arriving en mass to claim the remaining loungers. Make sure you have a stroll down the beach to the left as it’s totally deserted and a very relaxing way to spend an hour.

Polemi Beach on the Greek Island of Kos is the perfect and relaxing destination for those determined not to head home with tan lines. Grab yourself a good book, pull up a sun lounger and leave your worries (and clothes) behind when you turn left onto Polemi Beach.

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6 Comments

  1. May 4, 2017 / 7:40 am

    You should also try Tigaki Beach; an easy 15 minute walk from the village on a track past 2 small restaurants. There is parking if you go by car or scooter. Turn left at the dunes. No sunbeds but 2 miles of flat sandy beach, with sea shallow a long way out.

    • May 4, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Yeah I’ve been here but it wasn’t for me. Thanks for the tip though 🙂

  2. Gedevan
    June 13, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    There is Natural or Tropical beach 3 kilometers to the west from Kardamena. The same price 8 euro, twice smaller than Polemi and umbrellas and beds are twice older. But cozy too.

  3. dirkesinho
    June 22, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    It is a nice beach if you stay out of the dunes. The man that rents the sunbeds doesn’t want any people in the dunes close to his sunbeds. Afraid that couples, and gays, will get too intimate. So he puts a very good friend of his, in the dunes, who will beat up every person, or at least every single man that comes to walk and enjoy the nature. If he can’t scare you away, he will trow stones at you and attack you. A religious pervert I am afraid that hates gay people and hates every naked person that he thinks is gay. He is often hiding in the dunes and watching the beach. Very poor guy and working together with the person renting the sunbeds.
    They are very conservative greeks and obviously prefer older couples “their” beach and really hate gay people I am afraid.
    I went very regulary to that beach in 2014, 2015 and 2017, always with my wife.
    But my wife does never leave her sunbed.
    I like to snorkle, walk along the beach and in the dunes, collect shells..
    Sadly the religous perverts do not want these kind of people and the kickboxer that hides in the dunes is really really crazy.
    Poor people, those greeks..

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:09 am

      That’s strange. My boyfriend and I have been to this beach for many years and never had any issues. I know the lounger owner and always found him to be friendly and helpful. We typically rent two loungers and walk along the beach but don’t really go into the dunes. I know there have been marijuana farmers who grow in the hills behind (seen them harvesting and carrying plants across the beach). Perhaps that could be half the issue.

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