American exceptionalism may have gotten us to the moon and back, but when it comes to actually mooning each other (you know, on the beach), we’re not exactly world-beaters. Europe, by contrast, is in a completely different league when it comes to shoreline skinny-dipping.
Maybe it’s their permissive attitude toward public nudity. Maybe they just understand that tan lines are as offensive as taking selfies on the shore. Whatever the reason, topless (not to mention full-on nude) beaches in Europe are plentiful.
But which ones are really worth your vacation days? We narrowed the list down to 18 of Europe’s greatest beaches to see and be seen — in the buff, of course.
Playa de Ses Illetes — Formentera, Spain
Filaki Beach — Crete, Greece
Ahlbeck Beach — Usedom, Germany
Plage de Tahiti — St. Tropez, France
Leucate Plage — Leucate, France
Es Trenc — Majorca, Spain
Paradise Beach — Mykonos, Greece
Patara Beach — Patara, Turkey
Playa El Torn — Catalonia, Spain
Buhne 16 — Kampen, Germany
Vecaki beach — Vecaki, Latvia
Red Beach — Crete, Greece
Playa de los Muertos — Almería, Spain
Bellevue Beach — Klampenborg, Denmark
Cap d’Agde — France
Valalta — Rovinj, Croatia
Spiaggia di Guvano — Corniglia, Italy
Plage Linguizzetta — Corsica, France
Details about each beach can be found at thrillist.