Small but nice
We visited Costa Natura in the summer of 2018; it was our second holiday at a naturist resort, and after the previous year’s visit to Valalta in Croatia, the pressure was on to find a place that confirmed that my (essentially non-naturist) wife was fully signed up to the idea of naturist holidays. It certainly ticked all the right boxes for her. It’s a cute, stylish and well-maintained site with the lovely relaxed atmosphere you would expect from a quality naturist resort. The only full restaurant on site is beside a small pool, and is excellent. It is (or was) run by a couple of lovely, friendly Dutch ladies, and all holidaymakers were nude there, during the day. In keeping with many other European resorts, diners tend to start to return to their chalets to dress, once the sun goes down, and on the day we had our evening meal in the restaurant, I looked around to find I was the only one still naked, but it hardly mattered to them nor me. Because the only accommodation on site is permanent chalets (in blocks of three storeys), Costa Natura is a little expensive, but worth it. All the chalets are cute, and because they are all different, prices vary. So price is the first consideration when choosing a chalet; the second is whether you want one that gets the sun in the morning or the evening. We have given Costa Natura only four stars for two reasons. Firstly, although it is attached to a naturist beach, it’s not the best. It is what we would describe as fine gravel or rougher sand, so pleasant enough to walk on, but not ideal for sunbathing, and comparatively small. Then again, why sunbathe on the beach when there is a lovely grassed area and pool where you can do this, overlooking the beach? As someone who enjoys nude walking, I also found Costa Natura a bit hemmed-in, compared with, for example, the vast site that is Valalta (Croatia) or El Templo Del Sol (Spain), which is adjacent to a large area where walkers do not require clothes. However, this compactness or cosiness would be a positive for some visitors. A major plus for Costa Natura is its location. The nearby town of Estepona is smart enough, if not as charming as other European coastal towns, and if you have a car, Costa Natura is in easy reach of Gibraltar for a day trip, or visits to the stylish and appealing Marbella, or Malaga. A drive and ferry crossing also gets you a day trip to Morocco in Tangiers, and a long one- or two-day trip is also possible to Granada and its stunning Alhambra. So, all in all, Costa Natura is well worth a visit – and it must also be said that if naturism is not the priority of everyone in your party, rest assured that they should be more than happy to go there because it is a holiday that also offers the potential for more than relaxing naked.