I am not a naturist. Previously I had only been skinny dipping privately, when I had access to a private pool, with male friends. This really started off as a dare, before we began to realise how liberating it really was. But I had never visited a clothes optional beach. On a trip to Lanzarote previously, I had visited Charco del Palo with a lady friend and we had stripped off and loved it.
This year, I needed time off from everything! Usually I pick heavy-duty scuba trips. But I chose to chill at Charco and contacted Wendy. At 72 hours notice she had me sorted with accommodation and airport pick up’s and drop off’s, e mailing me back at near midnight, minutes after I had sent my first enquiry.
For the first time I can recall, I travelled with just hand luggage, wasting valuable space packing my Speedo’s. Even though I was on a late flight Wendy was waiting for me at Reiners with a welcome beer.
The apartment I was shown to was perfect for my needs. Very clean, well appointed bedroom, good kitchen and a really large shower with controls that actually work! There’s a generous sized shared pool alongside. It can get a little noisy if upstairs are showering and I got my best internet signal in the lounge. These are minor points and need to be seen in perspective – you get a very smart apartment for less than a discounted night in a Premier Inn in UK. If I returned on my own, I’d be very happy to stay in that apartment again. I’ll be returning next with my girlfriend and will request a slightly more luxurious apartment then. She’s more fussy than me! The apartment sits back from the rugged cliffs and faces out onto the sea. I guess from the front door to cooling off in the bath tub ( a rockpool, filled on the incoming tide by blennies, bream and mullet) is a leisurely hundred metres stroll.
In July, Charco was very quiet. I could walk the length of the village’s coastline and not see another person. Up until early afternoon, the rockpool was almost deserted. In the afternoon, locals begin to arrive. As a non – naturist, with no insights, it seems I made a very lucky choice in choosing Charco. I simply wanted to get naked, go snorkelling and chill. I like Lanzarote and had enjoyed my few hours at Charco the year before. That encouraged me in my decision. I also wanted to avoid places that were either gated, which, to me, seem a little contrived (written from, of course, a position of total ignorance!) or had a cruising undertone. The flip side was I was travelling as a single male and had some obvious concerns about how I myself might be perceived.
I found Charco very easy going. I quickly made friends with my neighbour and met some others, both tourists and residents, who were very friendly and put me at ease. There’s a mix of clothed, topless and naked swimmers and sun worshippers that easily co- exist. I saw no gawpers and no poseurs. Many local families use the resort, which I thought was really nice. I had wondered if Charco existed under sufferance, a place for quirky foreigners to disrobe. But it does not. Being naked is incredibly easy. I was surprised at how quickly one stops feeling naked and how, in fact, one’s eyes are drawn much more to someone in swimwear than someone who is nude. How you look is immaterial. You are one more body variation in a gene pool that’s so diverse, we all look normal.
I can thoroughly recommend the Nudelanza experience. I have no idea if one pays a premium to book with Wendy and Alan. I simply don’t care. Asking around, and not just basing this comment on my own experience, theirs is a personalised and attentive service. I’ll only be booking through them in the future.