The naturist beach (Playa el Playazo) was established by a decree of
the Almerian Provincial Government in April 1979. It is about 2.5 kms
Generally the beach is very clean and tidy and in the summer season the
Council place litter bins at frequent intervals down the beach and the
beach is raked and larger items of litter are mechanically removed every
morning. There are a number of lifeguards stationed down the beach (approx.
6 in the length of the naturist beach) throughout the summer season (July
till mid September). They use a system of flags to indicate the safety
of swimming (green = OK, yellow = caution, red= danger - no swimming).
In the summer months buoys are placed to exclude boats from the first
250m or so from the shore for the safety of bathers and swimmers. Sea
temperatures in summer are up in the mid to high 20s and even in winter
are in the higher teens, so it is possible to swim in the sea all year
round providing you are reasonably hardy. Anyone who swims in the sea
in the UK in summer will have no problems with the winter sea temperature
at Vera Playa and, of course, high summer temperatures are just bliss!
After Playa de Baria 1 there is a small lagoon with reeds etc and then you come to the large new textile development Nuevo Vera after which you pass (in the season) Antonio's beach bar and reach Playa de Baria 2.
After Playa de Baria 2 (large feature sign on wall "Baria 2") there is a restaurant (B2) and a Chiringuito (beach bar) "Barbaria" and after sweeping round these the promenade continues south past the large Vera Garden hotel and apartments complex (hotel not yet finished) - this development has a Moorish style with feature domes (none of the other developments have domes so you can't mistake it - and there are name signs on the gates from the promenade so you can be doubly sure). A cautious judgement of the location of the "Camino de los tres olivos" is that it is about halfway along the apartments section of the Vera Garden complex - so about 2/3rds the way along the stretch of promendade outside the development. Less cautious naturists might well continue their naked walk, run, cycle ride or stay on the beach even as far as the Valle d'Este Beach Club or even further relying on their right, under the Spanish Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights, to be naked in any public place.
Some visitors to Vera Playa seem to expect the naturist beach to be fenced off so no-one except naturists can use it. Well, it's not like that! The reality is that on the beach which is fronted by the naturist urbanizacions, the users are overwhelmingly naturists. But there will be some clothed/swimsuited people - after all there are numerous textile developments in the area, some in the naturist zone itself! And quite a lot of textiles walk north and along the "main" length of naturist beach. There's not much evidence that they are voyeurs - but some might be!
Equally, the further south you go on the naturist beach, the less the percentage of naturists on the beach, but probably more walking (i.e. the complementary activity to that just described). As explained below, some, perhaps many, textiles may think that this southern section of the beacxh is textile and that the naturists on it either don't know this, don't care or are exhibitionists or some sort of naked militants (some could be!). This is certainly not helped by the illegal Council sign at Playa de Baria 2 describing the beach there as "zona textil". But in fact it is "zona naturista" - and there should be signs to say so! But see below for more on this. There's not much evidence that textiles on this southern length of beach (with the possible exception of Brits who generally speaking can't take nudity in the flesh, only in the media) get disturbed, excited, or even notice the naturists amongst them on the beach or those who walk through, though there are undoubtedly some who think that the naturists are transgressing beyond their proper area, because they don't realise that this area is naturist too.
So why are there no signs? Good question - there was at one time, though fairly scrappy things (which mysteriously disappeared when the textile developments started construction). Then Vera Council thought it would unilaterally redefine the naturist beach as just one kilometre long and erected signs near Playa de Baria 1 (long since destroyed by militant naturists as these signs were illegal - see Beach Protest. Then (in Spring 2005) Vera's Mayor had the bright idea of fining naturists who wandered outside the naturist zone up to 3000 - but he was forced to drop this crazy idea (a) because it would have been illegal and (b) because there was a mass protest against it. And then he claimed he'd never intended to do it anyway (typical politician). So just now there is sweetness and light and tolerance and no signs. Arguably, of course, there is really no need for signs as, under Spanish and European law, you can be naked either side of the boundary. What does need watching, however, is the antics of Vera's Mayor and his Council which is widely believed to be in bed with the
Observation suggests that a healthy number of the owners and renters of the new textile apartments do use the beach as naturist (and some of the developers do feature the beach in their brochures as a selling point). But of course many textiles don't and it is very important that naturists do use the whole of the official naturist beach and not just the bit close to the naturist hotel and apartment complexes. So try walking, running or cycling and use both the beach and the promenade so everyone knows and can see it is very much a live naturist beach. Lots of people do so, but the more the better - none of us wants to be squeezed off the naturist beach by a weight of textile users (which could conceivably happen in the future when the 30,000 or so apartments which are projected are built and the area's population grows to the estimated figure of 400,000 (Mojacar/Garrucha/Almanzora Valley sub-region) by 2020. So far this hasn't happened (except perhaps in the most southerly 0.5 kms south of Playa de Baria 2, where it is rare now to see naturists).
2 good reasons to have some signs: This website believes there should be signs at the ends of the beach and, just as important, at regular intervals along the beach (There is a Council sign on the beach edge between Vera Natura and Playa de Baria 1 which clearly says "Zona naturista" - there is another one on the beach by Playa de Baria 2 which says "Zona textil" which is incorrect and illegal and leads lots of naturists and textiles to believe this stretch of beach is not naturist).
1. It is evident from the reaction of some textiles on the beach (mainly Brits who are the nationality most obviously and most frequently discomforted by the sight of naked bodies) and, very occasionally, older Spaniards, that they don't realise that the official naturist beach stretches as far as it does. Hardly surprising, given that the Council sign says it isn't naturist and that all the beachfront developments from Playa de Baria 1 southwards to Vera Garden are 100% textile.
2. Many naturists can be seen to turn back on their walks down the naturist beach well before they need to - some as soon as they see anyone clothed, others when they feel they are nearly in a minority of one. Our guess would be that the majority of naturists would feel reassured by the presence of signs which said clearly that the beach is naturist, or at the very minimum that it is a beach where textiles must expect to see naturists.
As the Council clearly won't do anything about erecting correct signs (as well as having erected signs deliberately describing naturist beach as textile, it persists in describing the naturist beach in its tourism literature etc as "1 km"), we believe the Naturist Association for Vera Playa should do so and they should read something like this (in Spanish, English, German & French): "This beach is an official naturist beach established by Decree in 1979. You may expect to see naked people on this beach. It may also be used by people who are not naturists"
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