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Charco del Palo
Charco del Palo
Tell others what you thought of your visit to Charco del Palo Lanzarote
Tell others what you thought of your visit to Charco del Palo Lanzarote
What is the difference and why does it matter?
This is a very personal view. You may agree; you may disagree. either way, it is still what I think.
Well, if, like me, you enjoy sunbathing nude, in secluded spots, or on designated nudist beaches, or in the back garden, but you feel no urge to walk down the street naked, or stand around chatting and drinking with a group of naked people, or sitting down to lunch or dinner on a small white towel, wearing nothing but a smile, then I would say that, like me, you are a Nudist, rather than a Naturist. This is especially so if you consider your nudity to be a bit naughty, a bit risque, out on the edge. And I do.
On the other hand, if you feel that every legal opportunity to get naked should be taken and if you do enjoy those multi-person situations naked, if you do like to take a naked morning stroll for a paper or croissant, then, probably, you are a Naturist. This is especially so if you consider your nudity and the nudity of those around you to be perfectly normal.
So why does this distinction matter?
Well, if you visit for the day, or book a holiday in a designated Naturist resort, like Charco del Palo on Lanzarote, the other visitors, residents and holiday guests will, generally, have a Naturist philosophy; many will walk around the village naked; many will shop in the supermarket and boutique naked; many will sit down to meals naked. They will not judge you, whether you are naked or wearing something to preserve your modesty - but they will expect that you do not judge them either.
The Naturist philosophy really is that everyone should feel comfortable enough with their bodies that they only wear clothes when they need to, but Naturists have no issues with others who want to be clothed.
If you are naked, they will talk to you quite naturally, with your nudity taken as "the norm". They will not see your nudity as any sort of sexual invitation, but just you being comfortable enough with your body to be nude.
It is, very much, a philosophical view. Will you be comfortable in a Naturist Resort, like Charco del Palo? Only one way to find out - go there and give it a try - otherwise you will never know. I would suggest a flying visit, like ours, is not the way to find out. Stay a week and give yourself a chance to unwind from the initial and understandable tensions.
From our holiday base in Arrieta, my wife and I had arranged to meet with Wendy (from Nudelanza), for a tour of Charco del Palo and, on our fully clothed walk round Charco, with Wendy, we saw more naked flesh than you could shake a stick at.
Did Wendy seem to know and have a friendly word for everyone we saw? Yes she did. Did all the nudity embarrass us? No, not at all. Was it shocking, or titillating? No, most definitely not. It was just people with no clothes on.
Some were tall and thin, others shorter and fatter. Some women had big boobs, big bums, others were more petite. Yes, fellas, some of the blokes were bigger than others. C'est la vie. Why did I notice all this? Just because we were there, for an hour, trying to get a feel for the place, to decide whether we will take the plunge!
The village is very clean, quiet and well-ordered and the apartments and bungalows we saw were all of a very high standard and very reasonably priced. Most share a swimming pool but two villas have their own private pools. Two of the three restaurants accept full nudity but one doesn't (yes, even in a Naturist Resort!).
There are two natural swimming pools (The Duck Pond and The Wash Tub) which fill as the tide comes in and slowly empty as the tide recedes. There was plenty of space for sunbathing and you could be as private or as social in your nudity as you choose.
Will we take the plunge and book a holiday apartment/bungalow in Charco. Yes, I think so. We have been Nudists and now we want to see if we will enjoy embracing that Naturist philosophy. Who knows - we may; we may not.
As I said earlier, there is only one way to find out.
This report with the photo is intended for your website.
Our little paradise should stay the same, just as we love it. We would be pleased if you could publish everything.
Manfred & Hilde
After we again spent 6 weeks of the winter in Charco del Palo, we realise that this is our favourite place at this time of year.
As keen naturists, this is the only place which fulfils our wishes. Here we can walk naked through the village and share the 3 swimming areas with other like-minded people and are, as naturists, also welcome in the JARDIN TROPICAL and the CUEVA PALOMA.
The area around the village by the Atlantic coast is also ideal for walks in the nude. The well-stocked supermarket in our village is a place in which we like to shop.
On Christmas Eve, the CUEVA PALOMA arranged a festive dinner which we went to – it was very nice.
For New Year’s Eve, the CUEVA PALOMA offered a generous buffet after which we enjoyed a great party with the many guests. At midnight, true to Spanish tradition, there was a grape for each chime of the clock = 12 grapes. And so we had a happy start to the new year.
Unfortunately, I was unable to celebrate the great birthday party I had in 2015, which Wendy had organised on REINER'S naturist terrace, again this year as Reiner is now not allowing naturists to use his terrace.
We were, however, welcome in CUEVA PALOMA where I celebrated with a few friends and we all enjoyed it. Thank you to Roman, Sarah and Ian.
We noticed that Reiner invites excursion groups who have nothing to do with naturism to his cafe. The TWIZY tour, for example, regularly goes there to recharge their batteries and have a break. They stay for about 1.5 hours and the participants gawp at the naturists in the village and at the bathing areas.
The same applies to the QUAD drivers who also stop for a break here. Charco del Palo should preserve its unique characteristic of being a “nude village”. We would be pleased if such groups were no longer invited to the village.
We again spent 6 very nice weeks in our village. Our special thanks go to Wendy who reports from Charco del Palo and Lanzarote with www.nudelanza.com as well as Samira und Yann who welcome naturists in the JARDIN TROPICAL and Ute from OBÖNA who has again made the CUEVA PALOMA a popular meeting point for naturists.
Thanks Manfred and Hilde for your honest report, I am glad you still had a nice time even though you cut short your winter stay.
Alan and I look forward to seeing you again later in the year.
Our first naturist holiday & first visit to charco del palo . How wonderful it was too . Lovely to meet Alan, he made us feel so very welcome & nothing was too much trouble .
The weather was lovely with magical sunrises that took my breath away .
We came away from our holiday with a joyous feeling of gladness our first naturist holiday and it won't be the last either . We will be back . :) Angela & Rob
First of all, thank you for your comprehensive website and blog on Charco de Palo and Lanzarote, we did a lot of reading the last couple of days !
It gives us a lot of information on Lanzarote and all the (new) news on Charco del Palo. We appreciate your efforts of providing this to the FKK community.
We have been on and off, in total 6 times, to Charco del Palo, our last visit was in March 2015.
Last year we went to Fuerteventura and enjoyed endless FKK walks along the beautiful sandy beaches. But we missed the charm of Charco del Palo.
So, now we are back again on the 8th of December and will stay for a week and really looking forward to out trip (although short).
We love the village and try to stay a much as possible on site, enjoying the unique character that makes Charco so special and sets it apart from (all) other FKK resorts and that includes the freedom of being nude in the village and having a refreshment on one of the terraces
With our best wishes, Maarten and Joke from The Netherlands.
Well I seriously do not know where to start OUR MEGA HOL NOV 2016 started on 17th Nov when we landed in Arrecife we picked up our hire car for 9 days and Nigel knew where to drive to get to Charco del Palo as we had previously been there before.
I so want to write up loads but its going to take forever,,, so I will just say we have made a few friends along the way and made to feel so welcome, had some beautiful meals and drinks a few,,, the Arepera just along at end of road, we went twice such a choice and value for money.
Our weather wasn't too bad, a bit hit and miss bit it didn't stop us going out and visiting the Island and exploring, we will so be coming back next year and hopefully for longer. We would like to thank Alan for looking after our stuff DONT WEAR MY PINK TRAINERS!!! we will return with some tea bags and BIG BARS OF CHOC!!!! thank you Nigel & Amanda xxx
4 weeks today!!!
Cannot wait to return to our favorite holiday destination and for a little longer this year.
Great memories have kept us going through our wet winter and unpredictable summer.
Arrived to be greeted by our new neighbors - a refreshing G and T.
Blown away by the Hoopee Bird, never seen him before what a beauty.
A morning walk along the coast to reaquaint ourselves with the spectacular scenery looking up to Arriette.
Up in the early hours to watch the Blood Moon - so many people out at 2am.
Watching the Dolphins feeding out at sea.
Walking out of Haria with Alan- where can you see such views?
Cycling north to Orzola - seeing the Shipwrecks - oh the power of the sea.
Cycling up to Teguise for the buzz of the markets, can't spend too much - nowhere to put it on the bikes.
Lunch on the terrace, good food at the restaurants.
And all the great people we met.
Looking forward to seeing our lovely friends Alan and Wendy without whom our holiday would not be!
Hi Wendy and Alan,
Some words to thank you for the wonderful holidays spent at Charco del Palo.
A special thank to Alan with his plenty of advices concerning Lanzarote (restaurants, beaches, things to see, ...)
The village was very quiet at this summer period, we preferred swim at Monkeys Rock or Bath Tub than Papagayo beach which is so beautiful but with plenty of people.
We visited early in the morning the museums (as Alan advice) because after they are so busy and the afternoon we went to the beach.
Alan, Benjamin will learn diving this winter in swimming pool to dive with you at Monkeys Rocks as promise ;o)
Hope to return next year.
Domi, Vero & Benji
Hello Alan and Wendy,
Just a quick few lines to say a very big thank you to Alan for taking us and telling us about some fantastic walks whilst we were staying at Charco de Palo. Alan was so friendly and helpful throughout our stay and certainly showed us some fantastic sights. We really enjoyed all the walks but the two we must identify were the trips to Haria and the one to the Secret Garden. We endeavoured to walk a minimum of 5 miles a day during our three week stay but thanks to Alan we easily exceeded this target on several days. The scenery from the tops of the cliffs on the way to the Secret Garden were fantastic and we feel a part of the beach because on Alan's advice we left a small trinket and pebble with on names on it. On one fairly long walk Alan introduced us to the art of 'geo cashing' and I now hope to set one up at a special place which my father used to visit.
A family visit to Australia means that we won't be visiting Lanzarote next year but we hope to catch up with you both (and say hello to Wendy) in 2018. Keep up the good work Alan you are a true ambassador for the island. Best wishes. Ann and Nick
Date of visit 27th February till 5th March 2016
We've been visiting Charco del Palo for sixteen years. In fact we were sitting on the patio watching the sea when we heard about the Twin Towers attack in New York .
When we arrived the weather was quite cloudy and cool but ideal for a bit of walking and exploring. It's usually to hot to be bothered when we come later in the year. First walk was to Los Cocotoras, a walk which I have done a few times before. I've often wondered about the memorial shortly after leaving Charco del Palo. I assume somebody must have drowned or fallen there. Los Cocooras itself is a small sleepy little village, quite nice down by the small beach, protected and sheltered by a high sea wall.
To the south of the village you can see extensive salt beds, with the occasional trader selling bags of salt..although they didn't seem to be doing much trade!
I've often wondered what it was like up at the dam over looking Mala so I followed Alan's guide and left the car on the piece of waste ground next to the church. I did see a few cars driving up and down to the dam but the road is unmade and quite rough but I don't think Plus Car would have been very pleased if I had taken their immaculate Polo any further!
The walk was not difficult or particularly steep. The climb was well worth it so I walked around a bit and took a few photos.It always seems a bit sad to me to see an impressive structure in a state of neglect and disrepair. I've often wondered about the heart graffiti and what it meant and who went to the considerable effort of putting it there! I then crossed the top of the dam,the state of the railings are in disrepair although the path itself is quite wide and safe. I climbed down and took a look inside the sluices at the base of the dam, quite spooky so I just went inside, took a few photos and left!
Before leaving I had a look around the derelict building beside the dam but there seemed to be a lot of washing and other domestic clutter about the place so I left, not wishing to intrude on someones privacy. Someone must be living or squatting up there! An interesting and enjoyable couple of hours, though I didn't see any hang gliders!
Graciosa has been another favourite place. I've walked to Casas de Pedro Barba on previous visits, quite easy for the first half but needing a bit more care along the side of the cliff! Does anyone know anything about the small boat, sitting on a sand bank, quite a bit inland, just to the north of the village? Is there any significance to it?
On this visit I walked to Playa de las Conchas, a lovely beach but unsafe for swimming, there were red flags displayed. Well worth seeing, if it's open is the little church in Calleta del Sebo (the capital!), the theme being the sea and fishing.
Usually on arrival we stocked up in Guitiza but this time we decided to try the newly reopened supermarket and we were pleasantly surprised to get most of our supplies for the week. Hopefully it will now succeed . Also tried the new Cueva Paloma and got an excellent meal. He was very busy so maybe that's the kind of thing people want rather than the more traditional restaurant. We still enjoy Reiners too of course!
We never seem to tire of Charco del Palo and you and Alan do a great job organising and promoting the viilage so hopefully see you again later in the year1
Jim and Sandra
Date of visit 11th till 18th May 2016
I just wanted to thank you again for arranging the excellent accommodation for us at Casa Austria it was far superior to what we have stayed in before and Anita could not have been more helpful ,even supplying us with homemade cake!
We had a super week and managed to do some lovely walks including Alans walking instructions to the Secret Garden, a most enchanting place.
The sun here has finally began to shine so hopefully we will keep our tans topped up until we hope to return later in the year. As a memeto attached are a few photos including me braving the pool! it was refreshing !!.
Enjoy the summer and look forward to a return visit.
Graham and Carol
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