A typical day at Vera Playa for us, as we were in
a studio apartment in Natsun on the beach facing the sea, the first
thing we saw in the morning was a spectacular beautiful sunrise, this
was from the elevated balcony giving a wonderful view of the beach
and well kept gardens where the pool is, the constant sound of the
sea was wonderful and the sea breeze is refreshing to say the least,
so it is breakfast on the balcony with scenic views, no need for clothing
as even in the morning the temp is warm. Next we would make our way
to the sandy beach, the sun is already up. This only took minutes
to reach, there is a wooden walkway for a short distance across the
sand, where we leave our beach sandals, the only item of clothing
There are some other people there doing the same
as us, strolling along the sea edge in the water, a few people jogging
others enjoying the scenery. After around an hour we would return
to the apartment as we would be visiting the local town for shopping
and supplies as we are self-catering, all my clothes are in the car,
I don't have any in the apartment, and it only takes seconds to put
on shorts and T shirt. The local town and harbour have all you could
need and if you desired bars and restaurants. on arriving back at
Vera Playa I would leave my clothes in the car as there is now no
need for them, only flip flops because of the road, away goes the
shopping time to hit the beach, by now this popular resort is starting
to fill up and it's not even lunch. We bought our own sun loungers
and parasol though you can hire them from the various beach restaurants/bars,
once we picked a beach spot that was ours for the day, the beach is
now busy with naturists, families, couples in the sea, sunbathing,
eating in the beach bar/restaurants.
Our favourite is the bamboo beach bar called the Jolly Roger where
seating and refreshments of your choice are in abundance, as all this
is naturist it's normal to take a towel to sit on as you are naked,
this is two mins from the sea, you can hire sun beds, pedaloes from
here. I was quite surprised how friendly and open all the people are
and how easy it is to have nice conversation with someone you just
met, so the day seems to pass as you're busy having lots of fun enjoying
yourself and if you desire meeting others. We would sometimes use
the naturist pool as it is fresh water, and set in beautiful gardens,
though there are shower stands on the beach to clean off with. In
the early evening more people arrive to play volleyball matches and
other beach activities - naturist of course. There is also a nice
bar/restaurant minutes from our apartment. We frequented it evening
times, and late at night all night there are a few people beach fishing.
There are lots places to go and see if you want
a change from the beach: we went to Cuevas de Sorbas, caving well
worth a visit, there really is too much to write, we really enjoyed
the free surroundings, friendly people and staff, the office on site
where we booked is well run and all the help no matter what it is
was provided by friendly professional staff, all we can say is Vera
Playa is one not to miss, highly recommended as a must go naturist
resort, we really enjoyed our stay and intend to return soon as possible.
Well folks, hoping to see you there, make sure
you say hello when you see us, you will have a great time, see you
Mel and Lisa.
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Get up around 7.00a.m. make a cup of tea and sit on the patio waiting
for the dawn to break and (depending on what time of year) sit and
watch the early morning swimmers in the pool.
Around 8.00am make another pot of tea and wake my husband, then
off we go to breakfast in the restaurant. There is a large amount
to choose from including Champagne, but a glass of fruit juice,
a slice of bread and a banana is all I have. Then it is time to
put my towel out on my sun bed, sit down and read my book for half
an hour. Before long it is time for my morning rounds to check all
and everyone is OK which takes between 10 minutes to an hour then
back to my sun bed until around midday when we go for a walk on
the beach - possibly to the shops - then lunch.
A light lunch and a glass of Wine and then back to my sun bed,
and possibly (more than likely) have a sleep. Here I stay until
around 5.00pm when it is time for my
shower and wash my hair, then another walk around the pool area
to have a chat to whoever is around whilst drying my hair. Back
to the room and get dressed for dinner.
A leisurely evening meal then back to the patio for coffee and
a chat to whoever has come back with us, or passed on their way
out and stopped for a coffee, then around
10pm over to Benitos bar for a night cap we can be there for an
hour or until the early hours of the morning depending on who is
there, then return to our room and bed.
The following morning it starts all over again, very boring to
some but most enjoyable to me.
Anne – Manchester.
Vera Playa is 1250 miles or so closer to the Equator than England,
so in Spring and Summer especially, it is noticeable that dawn comes
much later - and quicker - than in more northern climes. So, not
being a masochist, I wait for it to be light and - to be on the
safe side - wait for the sun to be at least just above the horizon,
to take off any night chill which might be lingering.
Then - I get up. If this sounds all too rational and calculating
- it is. The truth is, I don't usually wake up until it is (a) light
and (b) the sun is up.
I then leave my wife sleeping (or occasionally preparing breakfast)
and go for a run. This does not involve much preparation at Vera
Playa. All one needs is a pair of running shoes (trainers) and one's
self. One of the great joys - to me - of having a property at Vera
Playa is the ability to run naked. To me, running naked is liberating
and one of the most sensual experiences one can have.
In the winter or early spring I'll check the temperature because,
even at Vera Playa, it can sometimes be too cold first thing in
the morning to run naked - but more often than not it's warm enough.
Apart from running shoes, the only thing I need is a key to the
gate to the beach. And then I'm off. By the time I reach the beach
I'm properly awake if I wasn't before. I then have a big decision;
should I go left or right? Or should I have a swim first or later?
(It's all decisions at Vera Playa).
A run in paradise - what better way to start the
Let's say, on this day, I turn left. I run along the shore-line,
just where the sand is hard, from being wetted by the sea, and thus
good to run on. The beach at Vera Playa is exceptionally variable;
sometimes along the shoreline it is sand all the way; other times
it can be fine, or even large pebbles; usually it varies.
Turning left means I am running north. Running towards the Vera
Playa Club Hotel in the distance and - further still - the coast
curves round to a low headland beyond which it is possible to see
the coastal fort at the small harbour village of Villaricos. Further
still the mountains loom, sometimes their heads in cloud, sometimes
wraithed in mist. Today, a bold purpley-blue mass.
More often than not I pass folk I know, running, exercising their
dogs, going for a pre-breakfast swim, just looking at the sea and
the mountains. Not that there are a lot of people out so early,
just a handful. The best bit of the day - and most people miss it.
Sometimes a runner comes the other way. Occasionally they are clothed
even when it is warm or even hot - sometimes in smart shorts and
singlet, sometimes even in track suits. Bizarre! Have they never
dared to feel the wind on their bare bodies? Are they so constrained
by the conventions of clothing - and fashion - that, even on a naturist
beach, they go fully clothed? They obviously don't know what they're
I stop to talk to Karen, who is exercising both herself and her
dog by running. Karen's husband has just had some major dental treatment
so I hear the gruesome details and ask for my commiserations to
be passed on to him.
On, past Natsun, to the Hotel. Signs of life as some guests look
out from their balconies before going to breakfast. Other early-birds
are beginning to spill out from the hotel on to the beach for an
early morning constitutional to help their breakfasts go down.
Past the hotel, I reach the Naturist Camp site and the end of the
Naturist beach. I survey the view and turn about and begin to retrace
Time now for a swim. Shoes off and parked beyond the reach of the
sea. Sea practically dead calm today - not that it is always so.
Sometimes the sea has such large breakers they would not look out
of place on an Atlantic coast and a swim in such waves could be
your last. But not, thankfully, today. Today, after a bit of vigorous
thrashing to and fro it is possible to relax on my back and look
around. The mountains behind Mojácar almost glowing in the
morning sunshine; the ship, seemingly as tall as a skyscraper, waiting
to enter Garrucha harbour; the gaily coloured fishing boasts dotted
along the coast pulling up pots and nets to keep the shops and restaurants
stocked with fish.
Out of the water. Now's the time the pebbles come in useful. Come
out of the sea on to pebbles and no sand sticks to one's feet and
so the shoes can go straight back on. If there are no pebbles near
where I've swum - then it's barefoot along the beach, carrying the
trainers, until there are some. Before we owned a property at Vera
Playa - when we used to stay at the hotel a couple of times a year
- I used to run every day barefoot from the hotel. Absolute nakedness.
But it can be quite hard on the feet and there is always the chance
of accidentally running over broken glass or a fisherman's hook.
Not a nice thought - though, fortunately, I never did. Now, when
I have to negotiate a couple of hundred metres of road and pavement
to the beach, it seems that running shoes are a sensible compromise
- and enable me to run on any really pebbly lengths of beach that
the day's tide may bring.
I only have one more decision. When I reach the point at which
I should leave the shoreline to return to Bahia de Vera. The question
is, whether to call it a day here or carry on, towards Puerto Rey
and Garrucha. The answer depends: How much, if any, energy do I
have left? How nice a day is it? Is there any sign of textiles on
the beach (the limits to the naturist beach are pretty vague in
So, I may go on - often as far as Puerto Rey - then retrace my
steps, take another swim and then it's time to go home for breakfast.
As I pass Vera Natura the chances are I see friends or acquaintances
there and greet or talk to them. So an hour's run and swimming easily
becomes an hour and a half or even two before I get home.
The wonderful view of Mojácar and the Sierra Cabrera
from Vera Playa, early morning
By the time I get home it's by no means for an early breakfast
- but as I sit in the sun and eat my muesli and sip my orange juice,
I see that some of my neighbours are only just surfacing.
So I'm set up for the day - though, depending on the weather -
I may not do a lot - a little sun-bathing, a little
D-I-Y, a little gardening, a few swims, a glass or two of wine,
a visit to the shops, check e-mails, up-date this website, a meal
out, a book, a little TV - and then in no time, it's time for tomorrow's
run - my first - and best hour of each day.
So, how do you spend your day at Vera Playa?