This beautiful beach in Parelia, on the Ionian island of Corfu, is known as Myrtiotissa and is popular with families and nudists.
You will have the chance to decide if you concur with Lawrence Durrell’s claim in Prospero’s Cell that this pearl in the middle of Corfu’s scenic west coast is “perhaps the most beautiful beach in the world”. Tucked beneath steep cliffs, the southern half of its stretch of golden sand, barely 650 feet long, is now the island’s prime nudist beach.
It is not unusual to see families enjoying a picnic at the more modest northern end, while quite a mixed crowd opt to allow some sun on their nether regions to the south. The good news is you needn’t feel obliged to be a bronzed Adonis or Aphrodite to dispense with your togs here.
What is there to do?
The lack of noisy boats and water sport facilities is one of the attractions here, so just lounging around and taking leisurely dips is the order of the day. If you tire of the beach scene, you can visit the tiny monastery of Our Lady of the Myrtles that hangs precariously above the north end of the cove.
Bars and bites
There are just a couple of seasonal snack bars for refreshment down on the beach. For something more substantial, the nearest place is the Myrtia taverna (0030 26610 94113), just back from the cliff top, which serves delicious home cooking and fine barrelled wine. For clubbing, make for Corfu Town.
Buses to Vatos from Corfu Town take around 20 minutes to the Myrtiotissa turning, just over half a mile back from the beach. Parking is free but spots at a premium on the unsurfaced approach road. Corfu has multiple daily ferry crossings from Igoumenitsa and regular flights from Athens and the UK.