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Getting naked on Ada Bojana island in Montenegro

Getting naked on Ada Bojana island in Montenegro

In our previous post we’ve reviewed the FKK campground on Ada Bojana island, and we weren’t exactly raving about it. Shortly summarized, we’ve been to way better places than this one. But that was just about the campground. The island is something else, in a good way. In a very good way.

 

Along our way through Croatia and Montenegro we had heard about this place a couple of times and the opinions seemed to differ quite a lot. Some found it one of the greatest places on earth and others found it (excuse our language but we prefer to tell you the truth) a shit hole. Needless to say that this got us pretty curious about the place, curious enough to hitchhike over there to have a look for ourselves. And we were amazed.
Normally we don’t spend a whole blog post to one single place, but the fact that we make an exception for Ada Bojana should say enough.

Nudism on Ada Bojana in Montenegro

What’s Ada Bojana?
The name literally means “island in the Bojana river”, which is a pretty obvious choice for a name because on one side of the island there’s the Adriatic sea and for the rest it’s surrounded by the river which makes for a bit of an uncommon setting. If you’ve been traveling the Adriatic coast in Croatia and Montenegro, you’re pretty used to visiting islands by ferry, but this island is accessed by a bridge, a rather small one as the river is just a couple of tens of meters wide.

 

Ada Bojana is a special location for many Balkan nudists as it was the first official nudist spot in former Yugoslavia, a country which soon got one of the most popular nudist destinations of the seventies and early eighties. In 1972 the first cottages had been built and since then nudists from all over the country came over to check out the place and take off their clothes.

Nudism on Ada Bojana in Montenegro

A piece of the Caribbean in Europe
This could be the slogan of any nudist resort in the south of France or Spain, but whenever you get there, especially if you had the opportunity to actually experience the Caribbean, you think “Nah… this is not really like it”. Well, in Ada Bojana we really had this feeling. Actually it was the first thing that came to our minds… Somehow we ended up in the Caribbean.

 

The weather is of course one thing, when we were there we had a decent 30 degrees celcius. The fact that there’s a sand beach, although it’s not a white one, was also pretty uncommon along the Adriatic coast, and of course there are the crystal blue waters, but most of all it was the atmosphere. The palm trees might have added to the effect, so did the wooden beach bars and restaurants serving cold beers, cheap cocktails and seafood and of course the surfers.
Next to being a popular nudist destination, Ada Bojana is also very known to surfers. The waves are just big enough for windsurfing and the winds go in the perfect direction for those who prefer a kite instead of a sail. And the surfers also add to the Caribbean atmosphere, we guess.
Truth to be said, we’re not the kind of travelers who can spend more than three days in a row on a beach, but one way or the other we managed to do that on Ada Bojana. Just because we loved being there.

Nudism on Ada Bojana in Montenegro

Where nudism has won
We had no idea what to expect when we came to Ada Bojana, mostly because of the mixed opinions we had received before and also because we hadn’t done much research upfront. We knew that there was going to be a nude beach though, but based on our previous experiences of the nude beaches near Herceg Novi or the Dubrovnik Riviera our expectations were pretty low. You have no idea how surprised we were when we found a hundreds of meters long sandy nude beach instead of the couple of meters rocks that we meanwhile got used to.

 

The nude beach is nudists only and has guards on both sides reminding you of the fact that you’ll have to drop your pants if you want to enter. In the middle of the beach there’s a restaurant/bar where clothing is allowed, but so is nudity. There are a deck chairs which you can borrow for 8 euros a day per pair including an umbrella and a table, which is well spent money if you’re planning to spend the day as the sand does get pretty hot around noon.
On our first day when we arrived in Ada Bojana, as soon as we saw that amazing beach, we immediately rented the chairs because we know we wouldn’t be doing anything else than enjoying the place. And that’s exactly what we did.

 

It wasn’t until the next day that we decided to explore the island a little bit further and what we found there literally blew our minds.
To give you an idea about the location, imagine a 300-400 meters long sand beach, with deck chairs and umbrellas and stuff and in the middle a bar. On both sides of the beach there’s a wooden fence with “no clothing” signs. The beach is accessed directly from the FKK campground, so there’s really no need to get to the textile beach if you don’t want to. But we wanted to have a look around.

 

Can you guess what we saw when we passed the fence onto the textile beach?
More nude people!
From the nude beach all the way to the river there’s a stretch of about 4 kilometers of “textile” beach, but about 80% of the visitors there were nudists as well. And nobody cared at all.
Yes, we are fans of clothing optional and yes, we know it’s not a contest, but you have no clue how great it felt to see that on Ada Bojana, the nudists had won. Except for the nude beach, the whole rest of the beach was clothing optional. And if you’re offended by nudity, get off our island!
Review: FKK Campground in Ada Bojana, Montenegro

Review: FKK Campground in Ada Bojana, Montenegro

Talking about a culture shock… The difference with campground Full Monte, our previous stop in Montenegro could hardly be any bigger. Only the morning before we had packed our tent from the shady spot overlooking a flower garden an now we had arrived on… well, the best way to describe this campground is just “a field”. Maybe we had been spoiled at Full Monte, but our first impression of the FKK Campground in Ada Bojana wasn’t exactly spectacular.

 

Location
Ada Bojana is an island, on one side there’s the Adriatic sea and the rest of the place is surrounded by a river. So technically it’s indeed an island, but one you can access by crossing a small bridge.
The island is located next to the border of Albania, so to get there you have to take the main road from Ulcinj to Skhoder (the Albanian city, not the lake) and follow the signs from there. If at a certain moment you feel like you’re in some kind of no man’s land, you’re on the right way.
Once you get closer to the island, you’ll see the big signs at the side of the road advertising the FKK campground and when you actually crossed the bridge, just keep driving and you’ll end up in the camp.

Ada Bojana FKK resort campground Montenegro

Accommodation
The place is literally called a campground, but it caters for all kinds of visitors. On the part closest to the sea you can rent apartments or very strange looking iron huts. We decided to stay on the other part of the camp, the “real” campground, the field.
Ada Bojana island was the first place where nudism got a foot on the ground in former Yugoslavia, and the whole place looks like since those days not that many investments have been made. It’s all a bit rundown.

 

The campground is a huge grass field with in the middle a big shower slash toilet block. And that’s it. There are no marked spots, so you can put your tent, camper or caravan wherever you like, which gives the place something wild, something lawless. It did remind us a lot of a festival campground, including loud music and drunk voices during half of the night and the smell of human waste in the morning.

 

Facilities
This part of the review will be pretty short, unfortunately. There’s a shower and toilet block with about 10 open showers and 20 toilets. In the showers you’ll get warm water if you wait long enough and if nobody else is showering at the same time. In the toilets you’ll get toilet paper is you’re lucky and if the cleaning lady likes you.
Oh yeah, and there’s wifi. For one Euro you’ll get 12 hours of internet connection. But before you start thinking about watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones, know that you’ll get what you paid for. Little. At the moment of writing we’ve been trying to connect to the wifi for about 45 minutes without success. We hope to be able to check our mails and maybe post a picture on Instagram before we run out of time.
There’s also a mini market onsite where you can buy food and drinks.

Ada Bojana FKK resort campground Montenegro

Surroundings
The main reason why someone should consider staying in this place is because it’s the only camping option on Ada Bojana island. We’re not going to tell you very much about the island right now because we’re planning to write a separate post about it, but we can already say that it’s certainly worth the visit.
Other than the island, the city of Ulcinj is very nearby and if you don’t mind to drive a little further, you could do a day trip to Bar, Montenegro’s capital Podgorica, Lake Skhodra or even the city of Skhoder in Albania.
But most visitors don’t bother leaving the island and prefer to hang around a couple of days enjoying the nude beach and the relaxed atmosphere.

 

Staff
At the beginning we found that the staff was pretty rude, or just bored. But probably the guy behind the counter was just having a bad day. Afterwards we did get plenty of information and the receptionists were always helpful. One guy even picked us up when we were hitchhiking back to Ulcinj. The guys running the mini market were an exception, they were grumpy every time we went to buy something.

 

And then there was the cleaning lady!
She’s an elderly woman who lives in the shower block (we kid you not) and spends her days cleaning, hanging around and playing with the cat. On the first evening of our stay, Nick accidentally entered the wrong door when searching for the showers and stood in the middle of her “living room”. The woman was surprisingly calm given the fact that there was a naked (and half drunk) man in her house at 10pm and guided him to the right door. Since then we have a connection and she waves from far away whenever she sees us. And in the morning she gives us a fresh roll of toilet paper.

Ada Bojana FKK resort campground Montenegro

Guests
Even though it’s called an FKK campground, certainly not all guests are nudists. We would say it’s about 50-50. The main reason for this is that the island, next to it’s nude beach is also a famous spot for kite and wind surfers or for groups of friends to hang around on the beach for a couple of days. Since the FKK campground is the only place where you can camp on the island, everyone is of course staying there.
But nobody seems to bother. The nudists are nude, the non-nudists are clothed and everyone lives in harmony next to each other.

 

Somewhere along the way from Herzeg Novi to Ada Bojana we seem to have crossed an invisible tourist border. Where in Herzeg Novi the majority of the tourists were Western Europeans, there are little of those left at Ada Bojana. We did spot an occasional German or Swiss license plate, but most visitors come from other Balkan countries. The place is popular among people from Montenegro, Bosnia and Serbia.

 

Summary
If you’re the type of traveler who goes camping for the atmosphere at the campgrounds, this place is nothing for you. The only reason why people come here is because it’s the only option to camp on the island. And the management seems to know this, why would they do any investments if people will keep coming anyway. The camp really has the possibility to be turned into a nudist’s heaven, if someone wanted to invest the money.

 

More info and reservations: FKK Resort Ada Bojana
The Naturist Talks: Don from the USA

The Naturist Talks: Don from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today our guest is Don, 65 and from the USA.

naturist from the USA

Hello Don, tell us something about yourself
I’m a Navy Veteran, 100% service connected – disabled. I started out in the Navy, then worked in outside sales for Kinko’s Copies for many years, then returned to the service as an Army Civilian with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Due to being diagnosed as 100% disabled by the VA I retired a little early…at the age of 63. The VA takes good care of me, they provide the medications I need to function. My wife and I love to travel. We enjoy Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico a lot and visit about twice a year. My son is 100% disabled from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He was in the U.S. Army, then the Oklahoma National Guard. He is unable to work, but his wife works. They have 3 children (my grandkids) and I love them all. I also have a daughter who works in the Strategic Human Resources Field – Health area. She lives in Utah and I visit her frequently.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I realized I loved nature as a teenager. I started hiking at a young age with my brother and then later on, by myself, One day I was hiking near the lake and I had this uncontrollable urge to be naked. Sounds strange I guess, but that’s the only way I know how to describe it. It didn’t have anything to do with sexual activity, I just felt VERY strongly about being naked on these trails around the lake. A saying that is way over used, but very true, is that I felt one with nature, felt part of nature, part of the earth. I continued the habit frequently, even went skinny dipping many times. I didn’t try social nudity until my 50’s when I decided to join a Naturist Resort. I went several times, but discovered I really enjoyed a more private practice than being around a bunch of people, parties, and the such. My days of partying were behind me, so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it. However, I will also say, at this particular naturist resort, the people were mostly couples and quite unfriendly and unaccepting to a single nude man. So, these days, in my mid-60’s, I thoroughly enjoy spending time in my private backyard, weather permitting and doing yard work, reading, relaxing or just catching the sun’s rays, all while nude.

naturist from the USA

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
I’m from the United States. I also live in one area called the bible belt. Even though there are Christian Naturist groups, they are few and far between in the Midwest. That’s another reason I quit social nudity, I’ve tried for over 5 years to meet someone who is a true naturist and doesn’t have ulterior motives. Its also been quite difficult to meet anyone interested in going to a naturist resort or even getting together for a non-landed group. The United States has a long way to go in the acceptance of nudity. We have such high rates of rape, child sexual abuse, and overall perversions that the majority of people here believe you are naked for bathing or sex and anything else you must be a pervert. So, as I said above, I find private areas around a nearby lake to go skinny dipping and nude hiking and I also use my backyard to be naked whenever and as often as I can.

 

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The best thing about Naturism is the fact it built my confidence up. Due to my father, I’ve always had a little trouble talking to men, my age and older. When you aren’t wearing clothes, you can’t tell how rich or “important” other people are, everyone is an equal. When I first started social naturism, I actually did talk with several people – men & women – and they were friendly. I also adapted the attitude of an “I don’t care what people think of my body”. I’m not there to SHOW my body, I’m there to enjoy my body outside hiking, swimming, or whatever in a non-sexual environment.

 

The thing I like LEAST about Naturism is the cliches and groups of people you hear are supposed to be real friendly, but are not. I “get” it that most couples may not want a single guy hanging around. However, if we’re sitting by a pool or sharing a table at the bistro outside, it never hurts to have some polite, respectful conversation. I’ve not met anyone, except right at first, who was willing to do that. So no matter what so many articles say……Naturists are NOT particularly friendly people.

naturist from the USA

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Ha ha, I guess I’ve harped on this quite a bit, but NO…..absolutely NO, it is very hard to make naturist friends. Perhaps if I were younger or with my wife or a girlfriend from before, but I find it quite difficult. I have naturist friends online, but none in real life.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Don’t make such a big deal out of taking your clothes off. No one is paying attention to you, they are doing what they enjoy doing in the lifestyle. Also there is NO ONE on the face of the earth that believes they have a perfect body. You are not there to show off your body, you are there to enjoy the lifestyle.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Naturism has done a lot for me. I would love to try it at another resort to see if there is a difference. I’d also LOVE to meet a Naturist or two who would enjoy going hiking and camping in the nude. An interesting story here: I was naked at the resort nearby one afternoon. Though it was a hot day, I wanted to try out the new, larger hot tub. I noticed a woman in the tub, so I politely asked if she would mind if I joined her. She said, “c’mon on in”. As I sat down in the tub I realized this woman was a teenager of 16 (she told me). I was late 50’s. At first I felt just a little awkward as I had never been naked around a child or young person of this age before. We had the best time. She was very open, very friendly and had been raised as a nudist. At one point, I said I was going to the pool to cool off. She asked if she could join me. We went swimming, had great conversation, and I remember that as the best time I ever had as a naturist. We closed the generation gap and had a very nice afternoon.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Don!

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
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.
What we learned from working in a clothing optional campground

What we learned from working in a clothing optional campground

Those of you who have read our previous Naked Travels review or who follow our Newsletter already know that we’ve spent about 2 weeks helping out in clothing optional eco campground Full Monte in Montenegro. Since it was the first time that we actually worked on a campground, we did learn a lot of course. A lot about the whole eco thing, but that’s not what we’re going to talk about here. If you’d like to know more about that, feel free to send us a message.

 

What we will talk about is the clothing optional environment. Some of you might remember our blog post Is clothing optional the new nudism? of a couple of months ago, in which we wondered if we shouldn’t move forward to clothing optional in order to secure a future for nudism. We received a wide range of reactions on this post, some found it an excellent idea, some were sure that it would be the end of nudism. And of course there were many in between. We love it when we receive different opinions, because that proves that there are different types of nudists who all have different needs, wishes and requirements. But if you ask us, we’re actually quite fans of clothing optional, even more since we dived straight into it.

clothing optional

There are so many different kinds of nudists
The owner of the campground where we helped out was what people call a 24/7 nudist. He is literally naked all day and all night. Only when he had to leave the property, which didn’t happen very often, he put on some pants but the first thing he did when returning to the gate was to take them off again. It was almost as he had an allergy to textile. We don’t really consider ourselves the same. Back in Belgium we’re only naked when it’s more or less convenient, when we know we won’t have to leave the house and nobody will visit us, because we find it a bit too much of a hassle to put our clothes on and off ten times a day. But over here, as we were always inside the camp, we suddenly noticed that we hadn’t been wearing clothes for days. Without knowing we had become 24/7 nudists as well. But that’s because we had nowhere to go of course.

 

The visitors of the campground did of course spend a lot of time at the other side of the fence, exploring the nearby sights or spending their afternoons on the beach. That’s when you see the different kinds of nudists. Some remained undressed until right before they left and got they clothes off the first minute of their return, others were naked in the morning but didn’t bother to undress again when they returned and others did it exactly the other way around. Some enjoyed being naked among others while some preferred being dressed or topless. Some were only naked around their tent, some only when they walked to and from the shower, some ate naked and others liked to wear some clothes at the table. Some spent one whole day nude and the next day clothed. And all of this was possible, and completely normal, because they had the option.

clothing optional

Improve your body confidence by going clothing optional
One of the biggest concerns about clothing optional is of course the fear that textiles will take over the place. That suddenly you will be the only nudie. Actually it did happen a couple of times to us that after breakfast everyone got clothed to go out and that at a certain point we were the only ones in our birthday suit. And we have to admit, in the beginning it did feel a bit uncomfortable. Even though we knew that many of the others were also nudists and we had seen them naked before, suddenly we felt more vulnerable. Funny enough, that feeling passed quite quickly and in the end we did feel more confident about ourselves. Right now we don’t have the slightest problem anymore with being naked among the clothed, even not when everyone else is clothed, even not when everyone else isn’t even a nudist.

 

It does happen of course on a clothing optional place that other visitors aren’t nudists. Especially in this place, which was also visited for its eco friendliness and because it’s completely self sustainable. One of the most important lessons we’ve learned here is that most of the textiles who visit a clothing optional place are not perverts wanting to spot some naked bodies. Of course we believe that such things do happen from time to time, but we can’t say that we’ve seen a single person with the wrong intentions. In fact, all textiles we met were open minded people with whom we’ve had great discussions about all kinds of topics. And that’s another thing which we appreciate a lot about clothing optional environments, you talk about other stuff than the common nudie chit chat. We’ve all been there, when you meet another nudist the first questions are often “How long have you been a nudist?”, “What are your favorite nudist spots?” and “How much time do you spend naked?”. In the end, the conversations are 95% of the time about being a nudist. Which is normal of course, because you know that it’s the one thing you have in common. But it gets a bit boring after a while and we noticed that in a clothing optional place we often talked about other topics, completely ignoring that one is naked and the other one clothed and thus, in a way, considering the fact of being nude as the most normal thing in the world.

clothing optional

And then they take the plunge
We can certainly say that every textile we’ve met at “our” campground was totally fine with our nudity, acted completely normal about it, but just didn’t feel the need to go naked as well. At least not in the beginning.
Some nudists have struggled a long time before they dared to take the step into social nudity and for others it just went automatically. Because we’ve spent quite some time at the campground, we got the chance to see people evolve. It’s a beautiful thing to see how someone, who had no intentions at all to go nude, suddenly does take the step. We have to say that the familiar and secure environment probably did the trick, but we saw it happening a couple of times during the time that we were there. There was the young couple who was attracted to the eco system and decided to stay two days in the camp. During the first day they hung around in their swimsuits but in the afternoon of their second day the girl had taken off her top. Then there was the family with two kids who stayed four days, the first two days they were completely dressed, the third day we spotted them being naked around their tent and the fourth day they all hung around the common areas in the bare. And there were several others. We even (and we know it’s not very nice of us) started to play a game called “will they go nude or not”.

 

Of course we didn’t always know from before if people had the intention to become nudists or not. It’s not really polite to say “hey, we didn’t think you’d have the guts to drop your pants” and neither is it something you actually talk about. You just let it happen. Needless to say that a clothing optional spot is the ideal start for beginning nudists, but it’s also the perfect (and probably only) place for mixed textile-nudist couples. And also if you want to introduce your friends or partner to nudism. We’ve had two girls for example, one got naked the minute she arrived and the other one needed two days until she felt comfortable enough. But in the end there was one new nudist in the world. Now try to convince us again that clothing optional is bad for the future of nudism.

 

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Review: Eco Camp Full Monte in Herzeg Novi, Montenegro

Review: Eco Camp Full Monte in Herzeg Novi, Montenegro

Eco… The hair in our necks comes straight up when we hear the word. The last couple of years, vacation makers have been misusing this term to charge more money in order to make their guests feel less guilty about the long flight or car ride they took to get to their holiday destination. And there are no rules for calling a place “eco”. Many think that it’s enough to recycle some waste or put a solar panel on their roof to become an eco resort or campground.
Well… not this place. Camp Full Monte is as eco as eco can possibly be. And even better, it’s clothing optional as well.

 

SIDE NOTE: We have been working as volunteers in Camp Full Monte, so our findings might not be 100% objective. But we promise to do our very best to see things through the eyes of a visitor.

Camp Full Monte, Herzeg Novi, Montenegro

Location
It’s pretty easy to get to the campground, once you know the way. There are no signs along the road, so we strongly advise you to check out the directions on their <LINK> website before coming over. Basically, it’s located in a very small village called Prijevar on the slopes of a mountain just past the border with Croatia (or just before if you’re already in Montenegro). From there you follow the signs to the village until you find a parking spot with a bench where you turn left. About 100 meters further you’re there.

 

If you’re coming by public transport, it’s a bit more trickier. There are two buses a day from Herzeg Novi to the village, one in the early morning and one at noon. If you manage to get to the border, it’s better to call Steve (the owner) and he’ll pick you up for the very reasonable price of 2 euros.
As you may have already noticed, getting to Full Monte is a bit of an adventure, but what you get in return is a beautiful campground in the middle of nature. Totally worth it.
The closest international airport in the area is Dubrovnik.

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Facilities
So, the eco thing. The campground is not connected to the city water or the electricity network. Now we know what you’re thinking, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll be required to bathe in a river and cook your dinner on a camp fire. Instead you’ll be surprised about the level of comfort you get here. The owners are specialists in ecological living and are able to provide you hot showers, compost toilets (yes, that sounds a bit strange but they are actually the same as “regular” toilets but you don’t have to flush. And there is no smell at all!). We won’t go into details about how these things work, but all water and human waste is recycled smartly. If you’d like to know more about this, the owners are happy to tell you all about it.

 

Camp Full Monte is a small campground an a very social place. Other than a shared kitchen with the necessary utilities to cook all your food and a fridge with ice cold beers there are also several places to relax and socialize with the other guests. All with amazing views of the garden and the surrounding mountains. It’s in those places where you enjoy your coffee in the morning, have a chat and suddenly realize that half of your day has passed away. And you don’t care at all.
For the techies there are a couple of 12V points to charge your electronic devices and one 220V for the bigger things like laptops or camera batteries. There is even wifi, how about that?

 

Accomodation
The most common type of accommodation on this campground is the tent. You can chose between bringing your own tent or renting one at the campground. For campers and mobile homes it’s a bit more difficult as they can’t access the site and there’s no possibility to empty the waste tank or connect to the power. If this doesn’t matter for you, you’ll be more than welcome to stay on the field on the opposite side of the road or on the side of the road and make use of the facilities inside the camp.

Camp Full Monte, Herzeg Novi, Montenegro

Surroundings
For both nature and culture, you’re in exactly the right spot. With its location right in the middle between Kotor in Montenegro and Dubrovnik in Croatia, you can’t find a better base for visiting those two highlights of the area. And in the evening you’ll return to the peace and quietness of the mountain. In Croatia you can also visit the other places in the Dubrovnik Riviera, or the <LINK> nude beaches and on the Montenegro side there are of course the other towns in the Bay of Kotor or the historical city of Herzig Novi, where you can also find a couple of beaches to bare it all.

 

Because Croatia is a much more mainstream holiday destination than Montenegro, many people chose to stay around Dubrovnik and visit the bay of Kotor on day trips. But we can strongly advise you to do it the other way around, for a couple of reasons: There is actually much more to visit around Kotor than around Dubrovnik, prices in Montenegro are much lower than in Croatia and on the Montenegro side of the border you can stay in this clothing optional campground, which you don’t have anywhere near Dubrovnik. Not convinced yet? Here’s another reason: The currency in Montenegro is the Euro, which means that visitors from the European monetary union don’t need to change cash and visitors from elsewhere can take their leftover cash home and change it at a much better rate than on the airport.

 

And then there’s the nature around the campground. Nothing but small roads, little villages and forest, forest, forest. Ideal for an afternoon walk or a morning run (if the heat allows it).

 

Staff
The staff was AMAZING! Because, well… half of the staff were ourselves. No, just kidding. All credit should go to Steve and Denise, a very talkative couple from the UK who decided to chase their dream and open a clothing optional eco campground in Montenegro. They are the owners of the place and also the only permanent staff. During most of the season they rely on the support of volunteers (that’s where we come in the picture) to give them a hand in the garden, with the maintenance and with the guests. These volunteers are carefully selected, so no need to worry about a bunch of teenagers giggling whenever they see a naked person.

 

One of the reasons why many visitors decide to extend their visit or to come back to the campground after a couple of days is because Steve and Denise do a great job in creating a very relaxed and welcoming environment. We struggled a bit with the way how to describe this place, but came up with: A ”B&B style campground”. All guests are camping but other than that they get the personal attention they would get in a B&B. The staff is always ready to answers all questions, they know all visitors by their first name and not a morning goes by without them inquiring about the quality of your sleep. Now that’s what we call service!

Camp Full Monte, Herzeg Novi, Montenegro

Guests
During the 12 days that we were on site we saw a very interesting range of visitors passing by. Most of them were couples with ages ranging from early twenties until late sixties, we’ve had two families with little children and several male and female backpackers among many others. What defined the visitors the most was a certain sense of adventure, trying to get a bit of the beaten track in order to have a more genuine experience.

 

The reason for visiting differed a lot as well. Some were attracted to the clothing optional thing, others came for the eco thing and others were just looking for a nice and quiet place to put up their tent. This means of course that not all visitors are nudists. What really surprised us though was that several of the non-nudist visitors, once they had spent one or more days on the campground, decided to give nudism a try. The biggest reason for this is of course the friendly environment. The fact that people feel safe and comfortable enough in this place to put their insecurities aside says a lot about the atmosphere. When we talked about this with the owners, they told us that once they did a survey among their guests and in fact for many this was the first place where they engaged into nudism. Need we say more?

 

Summary
Even if we wanted to, we can’t say anything bad about Camp Full Monte. Maybe it’s because we were part of the crew, maybe it’s because we stayed longer than the average visitor, but we strongly believe that when we were there, we haven’t seen a single guest leaving with a bad feeling.

 

We think that everyone who’s visiting the area, nudist or textile, should give this place a shot. To experience that bit of adventure, to see how it’s really possible to live comfortably in an eco friendly place and to get a taste of the wonderful atmosphere.

 

More info and reservations: http://full-monte.com
Croatia: The clothing optional country

Croatia: The clothing optional country

When we talk about having a nude holiday in Croatia, we easily think of Istria. The half-peninsula in the north of the country which is only a couple of hours drive from Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria and even Germany. Istria fulfills all of the nudist’s wishes. Huge campgrounds, resorts and nude beaches cover more or less the whole place. It’s like a nudist province with some small textile parts. But what if we told you that there’s more to the country? Much more!

 

Thanks to Tadej & Tamara, our fellow bloggers and readers of Naked Wanderings we got this wonderful map, feel free to share it.

The nipple has been freed
After reading the sad news in a couple of weeks ago’s newspaper that less and less women on the beaches in France and Spain are willing/daring to sunbathe topless, it was a relief to see that this trend has not reached Croatia. On every beach, actually in every place where people sunbathe, there were several women of all ages who had taken their top off. Croatia might well be the most topless-friendly Country in the world these days.

 

This made us wonder… While Croatia gets more or less the same tourists as other European coastal countries, why is topless sunbathing decreasing everywhere except here? We’ve always liked to blame the fashion industry, because if every woman would sunbathe topless, they would lose a significant part of their income. For them, sharing isn’t exactly caring. But maybe there’s more to it. Exposing our body, whether it’s completely or only half of it, has a direct link with freedom. People feel more freely by going naked but also need to be free in order to feel comfortable taking off their clothes. With the recent terrorist attacks all over Western Europe, lot’s of fear has gotten into the minds of many, and fear is a huge enemy of freedom. Could it be that this fear is what’s holding back women to go topless on public beaches in many countries except Croatia?

Nudist beaches and resorts in Croatia

The Yugoslavia times
Time for a little history and geography lesson before we continue. Croatia has only been an independent country since 1991. Before that it was part of a much bigger country called Yugoslavia, which also contained the now independent countries Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo. During the sixties and seventies, Yugoslavia was a very stable country, even though it was a communist nation and the life standard was comparable with the Western European countries. During those times, nudism was booming in the country, tourists came from all over Europe to go naked on Yugoslavia’s beaches and in 1972 the country hosted the Naturist World Congress.

 

We can think of a couple of reasons for this. First of all, the communist idea is that everyone is the same. Whatever your job our background, you’re addressed and paid the same as everyone else (we’re leaving out the huge corruption of course). Also for nudists, equality is an important factor. Secondly, in communism there is no religion. So there are no priests, imams, rabbis or whatever telling you that you’ll go to hell if you take off your clothes among others. And lastly, there was welfare. The times were good and the people felt free. There it is again: Freedom.

Nudist beaches and resorts in Croatia

Back to today
And then the shit hit the fan and a war was started. We’re not going into detail, you can read all about this on Wiki if you like, but people got scared. Scared of the government, scared of the world powers and scared of their compatriots. The nudist habits decreased to below zero.
But now that war is more than 20 years behind us and what used to be Yugoslavia is now an amount of different countries with different habits. The coastal countries Croatia and Montenegro were the first to turn back to nudism. And they did it big time.

 

When you look at above map, you see that there are many nudist opportunities in Croatia, ranging from campgrounds to resorts to beaches. As we said in the introduction, Istria is by far the most famous for its nudist places, but along the whole coastline and on every island you never have to drive far to be able to bare it all. On our tour through Croatia, we took this map as our guide and tried to visit as many places as possible, but once in a while, we noticed something different. On our second day for example, we followed a random walking trail leading towards some Croatian name of which we expected that it would be a village. It turned out to be a beach. When we entered through the bushes, the first thing we saw was a naked family. We struggled a little about what to do, but the woman waved at us saying “please, pass by. We’re just sitting at the entrance because it’s easier for the kids”. Once we passed them we found an amazing rock beach, with here and there people relaxing. All naked. This place was not on the map.

 

Since then, the same thing happened to us a number of times. Whenever we were walking around and passed a secluded beach, people were sunbathing naked. And with “secluded” we don’t mean that we had to hike three hours and climb a fence to get there. Most of these places were just next to a walking trail. We came to the conclusion that every place along the water, as long as it’s a bit away from the official crowded beaches, is a potential nudist spot. Even if there are textiles around or passing by, nobody seemed to care. Nobody watched us or even gave us a frown. Croatia had gone clothing optional.

 

Picture credit: The last photo in this post is ours, the others are coming from Google and Twitter. If you find one of yourself and you don’t want it to be on our blog, let us know and we’ll remove it.
Getting naked in the Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia

Getting naked in the Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city, a wonderful city. It’s not a big surprise that it’s a famous city trip destination for many Europeans. But in summer, tourists tend to flock here for longer vacations. Of course Dubrovnik is not a Rome or Paris, where you could spend weeks if you wanted to, so people are looking for other opportunities outside of the city as well.

 

The Dubrovnik Riviera is where they usually end up. It’s a connection of small villages each with their own beach or several beaches, resembling a little with the French Riviera, where it obviously got its name from.
When we arrived in the Dubrovnik Riviera, we weren’t exactly that thrilled to be honest. It was only the start of the holiday season and yet the towns were already overcrowded, the beaches even more crowded and the prices in the bars and restaurants had skyrocketed. But we were there on a mission, to find out about the nudist opportunities in the area.
Spoiler alert: We were a bit disappointed.

 

Plat
The village of Plat is in the middle of the riviera, about 15 kilometers from Dubrovnik city. This was the place where we decided to set up camp, not on a nudist campground, because those unfortunately don’t exist in the area, but we found a nice little place called Laguna. The main reason why we decided to stay in this village was because it was said to have a nude beach. One of the only three nude beaches in the riviera. We wouldn’t smile for long.

 

On our first day, we went directly on a search for the nude beach. It didn’t take long before we found it, at least, what was left of it. Next to the main beach there was a small secluded beach that was supposed to be used by nudists, although it was crowded with textiles. We knew we were at the right spot because the word “FKK” (which is German for nudism, Frei Korper Kultur, but is used all over Europe to point out nudist places) was written with grafiti on a rock. But someone else had made a big red cross through the word… By this we knew we wouldn’t be welcome. Talking about a bad start.

Nudist beaches in the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia

Cavtat
But of course we didn’t give up that easily, there were two more places to explore. The next morning we went to Cavtat, one of the major tourist attractions in the area, except for Dubrovnik of course. In Cavtat it was said that part of the beach of Hotel Croatia was nudist, so that’s exactly where we went. There are two ways to reach the hotel’s beach, either all the way around or straight through the hotel. Because it was a hot day and we already took the wrong road twice, we chose the latter option… Through the main entrance, upstairs, past the swimming pool and down the stairs. Actually we don’t think we were supposed to do that, but we must have looked confident enough so nobody asked us any questions.

 

And yes, here we found our first nude beach in the area, one with an actual sign pointing to the nudist part (which is quite uncommon in Croatia). And it was a pretty cool nude beach as well, there were several concrete terraces between the rocks where we could chill out and relax in the sun. There’s also one access to the sea, but because the water was quite rough and there were some pointy rocks nearby, we decided to stay dry this time.

Nudist beaches in the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia

Mlini
Save the best for last, they say. Our third and last stop on the Dubrovnik nudie trail was in Mlini village, about 2 kilometers closer to Dubrovnik than Plat. Just like Plat, Mlini is not much more than a couple of vacation houses, some hotels, bars, restaurants and of course a beach. While traveling through Croatia, we had a theory that the nude beaches are always on your right when you’re facing the sea on the main beach. Mlidi proved us wrong.

 

When you arrive at Mlidi beach, you have to walk to the left towards a place called Beterina. There are no signs about this on the main road, you really have to go to Mlidi to find directions. Anyway, we started walking. When we were close to the nudist beach we started noticing grafiti signs on the ground saying either “nudist” or “fkk”, so we knew we were on the right way. And this time they weren’t crossed through. We have to admit that when we finally arrived at the nude beach, we were a little disappointed. It was a concrete platform of about 15 square meters and that was it. There were already three Croats and a German couple on the platform and with us joining them, the place was literally full. Luckily we soon noticed that next to the platform there was another, much longer beach with lots of more space. With its easy access to the sea and the much calmer water than in Cavtat, this was by far the best nudist beach in the area.

Nudist beaches in the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia

Summary
First we have to set something straight. During this article we have been talking about three nudist beaches in the Dubrovnik Riviera, but in fact there are four. The ones we’ve visited are on the main land and the fourth one is on an island called Supetar, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to visit this one as well.

 

All in all, if you’re researching your perfect nakation, the Dubrovnik Riviera might not be what you’re looking for. But if you find yourself in the area you do have a couple of spots to enjoy and afternoon with your naked ass in the sun. Just know that Plat is not one of them.
The Naturist Talks: George from the USA

The Naturist Talks: George from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’re interviewing George, 66 from the USA.

 

Hello George, tell us something about yourself
I am retired from a career in higher education. Since retiring I have taken up photography and modeling for life drawing classes.
I’m married to a non-nudist wife. We live in California with our two cats and one dog.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I was not raised in a naturist family but my father seldom wore more than boxer shorts at home. By the time I was 12 or 13 I too wore nothing more than boxers or briefs at home. My first experiences with naturism took place in college when some friends and I went to the local spot for skinny dipping.I took to being naked in nature like a duck to water. I also began going naked in my dorm at that time.
I enjoyed the freedom of expression being naked allowed and also enjoyed being around other naked people.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
I live in the US. There are, as far as I know, clothing optional spas and resorts in all 50 states as well as unofficial clothing optional beaches and hot springs. California, where I live, is more open to public nudity than most other places. San Francisco even allows public nudity in certain places and during certain events.
I have walked, marched or sunbathed nude in the city on many occasions. That said, I would still say that naturism is still not widely understood, or accepted by the general public.

Nudist George from the USA

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
I like most the feeling of connection I experience when in the company of other naked people.
I like least the fact that naturism is still not widely accepted by the general populace, which means that it requires some effort to find places to go to be naked.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Yes, I find it extremely difficult to find naturist friends in the place that I live, Fresno California. It is a much more conservative area than San Francisco or Los Angeles.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just relax and enjoy the feeling of the sun, the wind and the rain caressing your naked flesh.

Nudist George from the USA

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
When I lived in New Mexico, my girlfriend and I used to go to a mountain lake to enjoy being nude in nature. The lake was about a 30 minute hike from where we had to park our car and a 2,5 hour drive from where we lived. At that time we were driving an open Jeep with no roof or side windows just a wind shield.

 

On one occasion we finished our swim and discovered that someone had come along and taken our clothes. We had to hike totally naked 30 minutes back to out Jeep and begin our drive back home.
About an hour into the trip we realized we did not have enough gas to make it home. We had no choice but to stop and refuel. Needless to say we got quite a few looks at the gas station as my girlfriend filled the tank at natural while I cleaned the windshield and put air in the tires butt and balls to the wind.

 

Thank you so much for your participation George!

 

SIDE NOTE: George would like to make new naturist friends. Feel free to get in touch with him via e-mail:traveling_bare@yahoo.com

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
Getting naked on Murter island, Croatia

Getting naked on Murter island, Croatia

When people talk about going on a nakation in Croatia, the name Murter island rarely falls. It’s not even a real island. Murter is a small peninsula about 50 kilometers north of Split and famous for… well… about nothing. Yet we found out on the website of Cronatur that the place features 4 nude beaches, which was reason enough for us to go have a look around. What we found were idilic villages, blue skies and even bluer seas and yes, quite some places to go nude.

 

Long story short, we visited all four of the beaches that are known for nudism and what we found was not exactly what we expected. None of the beaches had signs and if it wasn’t for the instructions from the internet we would probably never have known that they were there. But yet we saw lots of other nudists, which made us wonder… how did they know about these places? And then we started to get it. It’s a trick. On every textile beach on Murter island, when you face the beach, you just walk a path (there’s always a path) about 100 meters to the right and there you can go naked. Simple as that. Pretty cool eh?Nevertheless, we’ve visited the four “official” ones and of course we’re going to give you our opinion.

Nudism in Kosirina, Murter, Croatia

Kosirina
Most of the beaches on Murter island are either in the center of town or connected to a campground. Kosirina beach is one of the latter. Actually the campground is said to be a clothing optional one, although about 95 percent of the visitors seemed to have chosen the textile option. Especially in the centre of the camp there were no nudists to be found. Once we reached the outskirts, we noticed some people hanging around their camper in the bare. Rather than clothing optional we would call this place something like “nudity tolerated”. If that makes any sense.

 

The same goes up for the beach, we had to walk all the way to the end of the campground to get to a stretch of beach where we could bathe nude. All in all it was an okay place, we found a nice spot in the sun and enjoyed the cool Adriatic waters. But it’s not a place where we could stay for longer than half a day. It’s the kind where people are naked around their camper and on the beach, but wrap themselves in a towel to make the 30 meter walk from one to the other.
If you ask us, the 20 kuna entrance fee for a day at Kosirina is better spent on a beer somewhere else.

Nudism in Podvrske, Murter, Croatia

Podvrske
Located on the far end of the peninsula, close to Murter village, you’ll find this little piece of paradise. Although it doesn’t seem like that when you arrive there. Again it’s located next to a campground, called Autocamp Slanica, which is a pretty ugly place to be. The main (textile) beach was extremely overcrowded with several bars playing loud music to complete the horror. But once you walk all the way to the other end of the campground you’ll find less and less people, until there’s just nobody. Then you walk about 50 meters further and you’ll find yourself on a beautiful rocky nudist beach.

 

When we were there, even though it was on a Saturday, there were barely any other visitors. We found ourselves a perfect spot on a flat rock under a tree and had a great afternoon laying in the sun and cooling down in the sea.
TIP: Just before you enter the town they will try to charge you 30 or 40 Kunas for the parking. Say you’re going to the campground, park somewhere along the road and save yourself some money.

Nudism in Jasina, Murter, Croatia

Jasina
It’s again the same deal, you enter a campground, go to the beach, walk about one hundred meters to the right and you arrive at a rocky nudist part. The beach at Jasina was by far the worst of the four beaches, and other nudists must have known this because we were there more or less alone, except for one other guy. The biggest problem with Jasina beach was that it’s full of very small sharp rocks. Where the other beaches had those huge flat rocks on which you could lay down, in this place there was always something stinging in our backs. It took us about half an hour to find a spot that was only a little comfortable. Going into the sea barefooted on those sharp rocks was hell, getting out was even worse.
If you find yourself on Murter island one day, take our advice and skip Jasina.

Nudism on Murter island, Croatia

Sveti Andrija
This was the only one of the four nude beaches that was linked to a town beach instead of to a campground. When you enter Murter island by crossing the bridge in Tisno town, go directly to the left and follow the harbor until you can’t get any further. In the end of the road there is some parking space. From there you walk the path, passing by the textile beach until, yes, you’ve guessed it, the concrete turns into rocks and there you can go nude. It might take some time to find the perfect spot, but it’s worth it.

 

The nude beach at Sveti Andrija is at walking distance from Tisno and while swimming you get the most beautiful views of the town. Next to Podvrske this is certainly one of the better options, and you don’t have to pass through a crappy campground. But, yes there is a but, there are many passers by and quite some textiles who prefer the quietness of the nude beach, which can be a downside for nudists who are not comfortable being naked among clothed.

 

Summary
We had a great time investigating the nude beaches of Murter island, but as we said in the introduction, there’s more than that. We visited a couple of other beaches as well and on every other beach, as soon as you walk about 100 meters away from the crowd it’s perfectly fine to be naked. For example, we stayed at (textile) campground Stella Maris, which we can by the way certainly recommend to everyone. This campground has its own beach and a small amount of day visitors, and when we walked a bit away from the campground we soon spotted a couple of nudies. And of course we looked for a nice spot, took off our clothes and joined them.
Oh yeah, if you’re searching for a great place to have dinner, have a look at restaurant Runje in Murter village. We had some delicious fish stew there for a very reasonable price.