Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

Ibiza’s tamer sibling — with its chi chi restaurants and hippy boutiques — is home to bountiful beaches that could easily pass for the Caribbean. And this patch of paradise, with serenely turquoise water and white sands, is all about stripping back — from no sunbeds to no showers and definitely no swimsuits.

Plage linguizzetta, corsica

Shy and retiring types can learn a thing or two from the bathers on this Corsican stretch of sand — the longest nude beach on the island. No one will give a hoot as you fling your bikini to one side — at its centre is the Bella Riva naturist resort with lusty displays in each and every direction.

Playa de los muertos, almeria, spain

Ignore its gloomy name, ‘Beach of the Dead’ — there’s nothing dismal about this prime stretch, framed by volcanic cliffs and dreamy dunes. Instead beautiful naked people frolic in the cool, calm waters, top up their tans, and revel in doing a whole lot of, well, nothing.

Plage de Pampelonne, St. Tropez, france

Eyelashes, lips, cleavage… reenact your best Brigitte Bardot impression here. The French blonde bombshell put the ultra glam destination on the map, and nowhere does beach chic quite like Plage de Pampelonne. It’s the place to strut like a supermodel — wearing nothing but a sultry smile and big sunglasses

Eyelashes, lips, cleavage… reenact your best Brigitte Bardot impression here.

Red beach, crete

It might not be easy to reach — you’ll need to hop on a boat or clamber along a steep trail — but that only lends to Red Beach’s offbeat and secluded vibe. If you’re keen to fling off your bikini, head to the north side along with a whole host of free-spirited funsters.

Paradise beach, mykonos

Expectations are sure to run high when you dub a shoreline, Paradise Beach, yet this Greek idyll does a pretty good job of living up to its name with fine sand and gin-clear sea. The hot and heavy action turns up a notch come late afternoon when the tunes are cranked up and in-the-buff beachgoers slurp a cocktail — or three.

Banana beach, greece

Sun-blushed Skiathos can’t help but seduce beachgoers. Miles of soft sand and instagrammable views make it one of Greece’s top spots for long, lazy afternoon snoozes and steamy sessions. Your best bet? Make a beeline for naked-friendly Banana Beach near Koukounaries on Greece's southwest coast, where the bronzed rub shoulders with the beautiful.

Meco beach, portugal

Ever wanted to tackle the surf while in the buff? There’s no better spot than this raw and rugged beach, south of Lisbon. A hotspot for naked bathers since the Seventies, it’s still pulling in the punters — sans bikinis. Don’t miss a filthy wallow in its mud baths before rinsing yourself off in the cool Atlantic.