Istria nudist resorts have always been the most numerous and most popular meeting points in central Europe. This peninsula has been an attractive nudist or naturist destination for five decades.
Today there are many official naturist campsites, tourist villages, beaches and numerous more unofficial naturist bathing places.
Naturism is well accepted all along Istria's peninsula coast. There are official naturist beaches which are sometimes within modern naturist resorts and camping and sometimes there are special areas in textile resorts assigned for naturists. Often entrance is charged.
There are so called free beaches which are known to be naturist for many years, but not officially. Those places are mostly clothing optional. And finally there are wild beaches where one can freely choose to be bare or to keep swimming with a swimsuit on.
The positive side is, that you can choose freely your place, respecting some simple rules don't have to worry about any persecution.
Istria peninsula nudist resorts or naturist beaches are marked with signs saying 'FKK' for 'Freikorperkultur', German for Free Body Culture.
Unofficial beaches are sometimes called free beaches. Croatia's naturist facilities often focus on different visitor categories, including families, adults and gays where everyone is welcome.
Kazela resort is only 2 km from Medulin and 12 km south of Pula, covering an ample area with its own beach (1,5 km long) and separated nude beach.
From Medulin, heading to Kazela resort, the beach is on the right. Short walk from the last car park near a hotel. Once on the beach turn left and have a 5 min walk, until reaching the end of the path.
It is provided with modern sanitary facilities, electric connection points and camp refrigerators, restaurant, snack bars, sports grounds, dancing terrace.
On a small island St. Nikolas (Nikola) just half a mile from Porec Riva (seaside promenade) there is a small FKK beach. There is a frequent free shuttle boat that connects island with the Porec town. Detailed timetable can be found on site or in hotel information areas.
When you get to the island, proceed left along the coast, past the textile beach and than you will find entrances to the FKK beach on the left side of the path.
The beach itself is marked as naturist only with large FKK signs written on the shore. It is very small (no more than 100 meters in length), extremely rocky and hidden from sight. It has no facilities whatsoever and no shade.
Camping resort Zelena lagoon is easily accessible by car, but there is also regular boat transfer from Porec riva to the camp which departs every hour. Once you get off the boat, find the camp entrance (there are markings everywhere). The entrance fee for non-camp residents is app. 3 Euros.
At the camp entrance there is a 'layout' of the camp (wouldn't call it a map) with marked naturist area. Simply proceed to the other end of the camp and you'll find the beach.
Inside Zelena laguna there are several camping sites, Naturist camping Ulika, Mobile-homes naturist Ulika camping and Caravan naturist Ulika Camping. The whole area of Green (Zelena) lagoon offers more than 20 hotels - here you can see all hotels properties.
The nudist beach is about 200 meters long, rocky with some paved areas. There is also a considerable grass covered area where you can find some nice shade under the trees. The beach has its own showers, toilet and a small restaurant overlooking the beach, and it is also marked with a blue flag.
Polari Bay and Cape Eva (Punta Eva - naturism) are 3km away from the town center, located within the Camping Polari, and they stretch as far as 2 km to the south of Villas Rubin Resort.
On Cape Eve (Punta Eva) there is a nudist beach which stretches as far as to the end of the Camping site. Punta Eva is not a strict nudist beach, since it isn't isolated from the other parts of the Camping so that it might happen that people in bathing costumes pass by or swim there.
I suggest that if you are not a nudist, to look for another place for swimming in order to preserve the nudist privacy.
Nearby is the tourist settlement Villas Rubin with a wide range of sports and leisure facilities available to the guest of the camping site. Camping is open from 1st of April until 30th of September.
Red Island (Crveni otok) is an uninhabited island of
Rovinj archipelago, located not far from Rovinj. This island consists of
two islands, St. Andrew and Maskin, connected with an artificial
embankment. It's one of the popular nudist resorts.
Maskin island is much smaller, spotted with rocky coves and paths that
wind through the forest. This island used to be once only an official
naturist but today attracts many gays and it has become largely
Island is connected by daily boat from Rovinj town center, from a little dock called the Dolphin.
The boat sails every half an hour during the high season. It takes 20
minutes to reach the island.
N.B. Boat transfer is free of charge for Hotel Istra guests during their whole stay.
The three stars campsite, camp Valalta is about 7 kilometers from the Rovinj center, situated by the sea, at the entrance to the picturesque 12 kilometers long nature reserve, the Lim Channel.
Exclusively for naturist family campers, the campsite can accommodate 7,200 guests and has a 5 kilometers long shoreline with mainly fine pebble beaches, though there is an area with a sandy beach especially suitable for children.
On the beach there are restaurants, bars, different water slides, pools with sea water and many other fun facilities. Valalta has an on-site brewery as well ! Naturist Camping Valalta is one of the best naturist campsites in Croatia, offering fully-equipped apartments, bungalows, luxury Mobil homes, luxury caravans and more simple caravans, camping with large shady pitches, all with electricity.
It has a 5 km long beach with sandy and stone bays where you can find your own bit of beach and rest and relax your body. It has the biggest (man-made) sand-beach in Istria. The beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag.
Among all Istria peninsula nudist resorts, Koversada is probably the most famous naturist resort in Europe. It is one of the biggest, founded in 1961. Many naturists from all over the world come every year to this resort in search for nature paradise, warm climate and crystal clear and clean sea.
In 1972 Koversada hosted the Naturist World Congress. Inside this resort center there are numerous restaurants and snack bars, a pizzeria, two mini-markets and various shops, post office, ambulance and gas filling station, laundry and other amenities. It offers also very popular Koversada villas lodgings for your holidays.
With over 1,700 fully equipped pitches at Koversada can accommodate 5,000 guests per day with all the modern comforts and a variety of commercial facilities. It's open from April 13th to October 1st.
Umag is a small town on the border between Croatia and Slovenia. Umag is only 40 km from Italy. There are two nudist resorts, both very close to the city center.