Head to Toe Etiquette for Nudity on Greek Beaches

Much like any other European country Greece is, by and large, thoroughly integrated. However, you will find that acceptable behaviour and social conventions with regard to beaches may be different from what you might be used to. Much depends on where you go.

In the more remote, less visited areas, locals still live by traditional Greek ways. On many of the islands, particularly those in the North, including Skiathos things are more relaxed. Regardless, you should always take note of a few common considerations to reduce the risk of unconsciously giving offence.

One size doesn’t fit all

Beaches on the mainland and on the islands vary from full nudity to conservative and rural. Generally speaking, in the northern parts of mainland Greece and the more central coastal areas, going topless is acceptable at most beaches but full nudity is allowed on designated beaches only. Further down South, which is more rural, things are decidedly different in many parts. The length of your sarong could cause a minor palpitation.

Skiathos beach tips

Skiathos Island has been a fan favourite of naturists for decades but make no mistake, this doesn’t mean full nudity is acceptable at all 64 beaches. In fact, the opposite is true. Greek locals are unlikely to give you the “evil eye” if you remove your bikini top but if you want to waft around in your Birthday best you’ll need to pop over to Banana Beach.

Easy rule of thumb

Whenever you visit a Greek beach, or any other beach anywhere in the world for that matter, you should always respect the culture. Be sure to make the relevant enquiries and to unobtrusively observe what’s happening at the beach when you get there.

The Greek word, “Xenos” means guest but it can also mean stranger. If you want to fit in and not feel like a pariah then it’s best to behave as you would in someone else’s backyard, not your own.