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Vera Playa Club, Spain #21734
08/06/2013 06:31 PM
08/06/2013 06:31 PM
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jiminboston Offline OP
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We had heard of this 'naturist village' in southwestern Spain, so decided to try it. Turns out to be less than we thought. The Vera Playa Club Hotel is part of a chain. It is indeed located on a stretch of nudist beach, just east of Vera. There are a number of 'urbanazaciones', essentially blocks of mostly residences, and several of those are 'naturist'. Unfortunately, they are also quite well sealed off from the world so we were unable to see them. This hotel, run by Playa Hotels, is a bit odd in character. It has really nice facilities, including a big swimming pool, is right on the nudist beach, and it would be a nice nudist facility, but for a couple of issues. It says it requires people to be naked in the pool area during the day, and generally people comply with this, except for the isolated small group of teenagers and an occasional small child. The rest of the hotel is clothing optional during the day, except for the restaurant, which requires people to be fully clothed. (Some commentators say they require long trousers, but that turns out to be not right: they do tolerate shorts on both men and women). And the whole joint requires clothing after either 8:00 or 9:00. We were told by the bar staff that 9:00 was the limit and we exceeded 8:00 on a couple of occasions. We also went out of the hotel for dinner and found that the joints right by expected customers to be clothed.
The notion of a 'naturist village' implies more than is here, but maybe we missed something obvious. We found only one supermarket, on the edge of the grouping of urbanazations, and it was definitely not nudist friendly. We did not find a single bar or restaurant in the area that was nudist friendly, and the hotel we are staying in has this odd set of rules.
But it does have a nice climate, at least in early August.

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Re: Vera Playa Club, Spain [Re: jiminboston] #21735
08/09/2013 04:37 PM
08/09/2013 04:37 PM
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I'd agree that the Vera Playa Club hotel is a bit of an anomoly - I really can't see the point of a "naturist hotel" which requires guests to be dressed a lot of the time. The nearby restaurants are in "Hotel Street" which is a bit of a grey area regarding naturism, and clothing is generally required.

The Vera Playa area generally, however, is very pleasant, very relaxed, very friendly. The apartment "urbanisations" (which are secure for good reasons) are mainly beautifully landscaped and have lovely swimming pools. Most of the apartment complexes close to the beach are naturist. Most of the roads around them are naturist too, so you can if you wish wander naked from your apartment to the beach and back. On the beach there are several beach bars where you can eat lunch naked (or indeed just enjoy a refreshing drink). My wife and I had a couple of weeks there in July, staying in a lovely apartment in the Bahia de Vera complex and, apart from putting on shorts and T-shirt to shop in the excellent local supermarket, I didn't need to dress the rest of the time.

The beach itself is very family-friendly, attracting many Spanish families in the summer. It's quiet and easy. Having visited many other naturist beaches in Spain, Vera Playa is certainly one of our favourites.


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