Getting naked around Herceg Novi in Montenegro

Getting naked around Herceg Novi in Montenegro

Why would someone want to do that?
Well, even though Herzeg Novi is not in the top five of must go places in Montenegro, it’s actually a pretty nice place to be. Of course it’s not comparable with the nearby village of Kotor, which attracts thousands of visitors each day and that’s the main reason why many people skip Herzeg Novi. And truth to be said, if you’re driving from Kotor to Dubrovnik or the other way around, what you see while passing through Herzeg Novi is not exactly promising. It’s an ugly main road surrounded by huge apartment buildings. One really has to get into the city to notice its beauty and those who do stop will be, like us, pleasantly surprised.

 

The best place to stay in the area, and the only place where you can get naked as much as you want to, is of course clothing optional eco campground Full Monte. If you enjoy waking up in the nude and not having to bother putting on clothes before taking your morning coffee, this is your place to be. Or if you just like to wake up with the sounds of nature and mountain views. Or if you just like to wake up with the friendly faces of Steve and Denise. Actually, whatever you like in the morning, Full Monte will be your best choice.
But we wanted to talk about the beaches.

Nudism in Herzeg Novi

Igalo beach
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
Egalo beach is by far the ugliest nude beach we’ve ever been to. In fact, it’s not only the nude beach, we can’t think of a reason why one would chose to spend time on the textile beach either.
So please note that we’re only mentioning this place for the sake of completeness and as a warning.
Well, actually we do advise you to go check out the place because it’s pretty impossible to describe its ugliness. But we’ll give it a try. And we know that you’ll think something like “well, it can’t be that bad”… Trust us, it can.

 

A couple of hundreds of years ago, someone had the belief (or the business model) that the mud on Egalo beach contains a lot of healthy minerals, which can help you to get rid of several pains. And mud they have enough here, the whole beach is just a pool of mud, ending up in a dirty looking gray sea. So what you find on this beach are people covering their knees, elbows or whole bodies with dirty black mud. What people don’t seem to realize is that back in the day, there weren’t that many polluting boats in the bay and neither did the river ending up right next to the beach contain that much waste. We didn’t want to touch the ground with our bare feet, but yet there were vendors making money selling mud in big plastic bottles. Weird.
When it comes to the nude beach, it’s a rocky part right at the end of the beach. You can barely sit there (if for some reason you wanted to) and the place is just plain dirty. We didn’t even bother to take off our clothes and just left.

Nudism in Herzeg Novi

Rado Bay hotel
After our visit to Egalo, things could only get better and soon they did when we stumbled by accident on another nude beach. In fact we were trying to find a short cut via the beach towards hotel Riviera but once we turned right at Rado Bay hotel we were suddenly among the nudies.
What a nice surprise!
The beach is only a couple of kilometers further than Egalo but the difference was stunning. Clear blue waters, big rocks to relax on and a completely different atmosphere than only an hour or two before.

 

The beach next to Rado Bay is a pretty long stretch, we think about one or two kilometers. The number of visitors was limited when we were there, so you can easily find yourself a nice place to relax without too much crowd around. Do note that with the tides, some parts of the beach become unaccessible at certain times and you may have to wade through the water (or wait a couple of hours) before you can get back. We speak from experience.

Nudism in Herzeg Novi

Hotel Riviera
This is the only official nude beach in the area and it’s pretty easy to get to. Just turn off from the main road between the Croatian border and Herzeg Novi into the street in front of the Hypermarket and keep following until the end.
Our visit to Hotel Riviera was quite a funny experience as well (yes, we really had an interesting day). The hotel seemed to be closed for the season, or permanently, but still there were loads of cars and people on the property. Everyone in the area seemed to know that you can still enter the beach through the hotel. It’s the busiest closed hotel we’ve ever seen.

 

When you get down to the beach, just turn to your right and you’ll see a wooden fence with “no clothing” signs. There you are.
It’s a nice stretch of rocky beach and blue water where you can easily spend a couple of hours, if you come at the right time. Unfortunately we had forgotten the advice we got a couple of days before to come here in the morning, because in the afternoon the whole beach is shaded. We arrived there around 3pm and guess what… Only a couple of meters beach was still in the sun and of course most of the nudists had flocked together there. But with temperatures well in the thirties we didn’t really care about the shade, took one of the leftover chairs (which nobody seemed to charge), got our clothes off and dived into the crystal waters while looking at the skyline one Herzeg Novi on the other side of the bay.

 


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6 thoughts on “Getting naked around Herceg Novi in Montenegro

  1. Nick and Lina, I look forward to reading all your stories regarding the nudist resorts and beaches you’ve visited, both the good and the bad. Though it’s likely I’ll never experience the far away places you’ve explored it’s great to read your accounts and realize nudism is alive and well throughout much of the world.

  2. A very fair assessment of the Herceg (not Herzeg – Nik – you might want to edit it so google indexes it properly). We completely agree with you about Igalo (not Egalo – another edit? 🙂 too, although that said when the crowds go and the Montengrin winter kicks in it is a great place for a (clothed) stroll or dog walk. Hotel Riviera is indeed now closed but some enterprising individual has decided to take money from people wanting to park there. Average charge is about 3€ a day. Just in case someone takes down the signs to Hotel Club Riviera you need to follow signs to the area known as Nijivici which is signposted from the main road and again off to the left as you drive up to the small border with Croatia. Thanks again for your article. I eagerly await your next post. Did you get down to Ada Bojana?

    1. Thanks for the spell check Steve & Denise! We’ve updated the article accordingly!
      And thanks for the additional info about Njivici!
      Our post about the FKK camp at Ada Bojana is already online, feel free to have a look. On Monday we’ll publish our experiences of the island itself.
      We hope all is going well at Full Monte, take care!

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