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Murcia Airport

Take note, if you are using Sat Nav and the maps are not really up to date, you will be taken a long way round, as the AP7 is not on many Sat Navs

Murcia (San Javier) Airport is actually closer to Cartagena. It is slightly nearer to Vera Playa than Alicante, now that the new toll road is open (the AP7)  the drive only takes about 1 1/4 hours, but the tolls are about 12 Euros each way. If you really want a scenic drive (it is beautiful, but more than an hour slower), use the coastal road that takes you through the heart of Cartagena.

Murcia Airport is small  and has reasonable facilities

Driving from Murcia Airport

Amended route from Murcia (St Javier) Airport

The AP7 toll-road from St Javier to Vera is closed between junction 890 to 901 due to a bridge collapsing during the recent devastating floods.

To get to Vera Playa now, you need to leave the motorway at Aguilas and complete the journey on the coast road.


Exit Motorway at exit 878, sp Lorca Aguilas (toll ?9.70,  5th January 2013)

At the roundabout take the 2nd exit

At the next roundabout take 1st exit, to Aguilas

After about 2.5km, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit, sp Vera  (Almeria) RM 333

Follow signposts at several roundabouts to stay on RM333

Stay on main road (bypass) don?t turn into San Juan,  road becomes A332

Just after 26km marker, fork rightfrom A332,  sp San Juan / Villaricos

At roundabout take 3rd exit, sp Villaricos / Garrucha, the AL7107

After approx. 18km (going straight on at several roundabouts) you will pass first Hotel Street (Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona)  at next roundabout you would take 3rd exit to Avenida Ciudad de Castellon (for La Menara,  Parque Vera,  Natsun,  Armony Natura, Chiringuito Vera Natura) or go straight on there and take 3rd exit at Consum roundabout  (for Torremar Natura,  Bahia de Vera and Vera Natura).  Consult the Vera Playa Map on the main website to navigate around Vera Playa.,2.html

6th January 2013

Almeria Airport

This is the closest airport and is about 45 minutes drive, by motorway. The drive is simple, follow the signs for Murcia as you leave the airport and you will soon reach the N344 motorway. Stay on that till you see the sign for Vera then follow local directions

Directions from Almeria Airport

Set your trip meter to zero

0 Leave the airport following the signpost for Almeria, Murcia, E15, N344

Take the right fork to leave the airport.

1.0 At the first roundabout, straight ahead signposted Murcia on E15 (motorway)
4.5 At the roundabout, take right slip road onto motorway to Murcia, following the blue sign towards E15, A7 Please note,  motorways in this part of Spain are only 2 lane in most places.  The slip-roads are shorter than we are accustomed to and it is sometimes necessary to really slow down or stop at the end, the Spanish drivers do not necessarily move over to let joining motorists in.
67.3 Turn off the motorway at exit 520, signposted Los Gallardos.  At the end of the slip-road take the 2nd exit, signposted Los Gallardos, N340a
69.8  Turn Right, signposted Turre and Garrucha, opposite the CAMPSA garage

Carry straight along this road, do not turn into Garrucha village.

83 arrive at the Las Bouganvillas Roundabout.  Go straight across, signposted Villaricos. Go over the bridge across the dried river bed and at the next (Puerto Rey) roundabout, go straight across again.  Carry on for 2.2 km, going straight across at 3 roundabouts.

The third round about is just after the Consum Supermarket.  

At the next roundabout turn right by hoarding onto Avenida Ciudad de Castallon  The road is sign-posted Official Naturist Area. (Zona Naturista) 

86.3 If you reach the Hotel Vera Playa Club you have missed your turning!!!!!
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Useful Links

Veraplayazul - the home of the Vera Playa Neighbourhood Association

The English page of the Spanish Naturist Federation (FEN: Federaci?n Espa?ola de Naturismo)

The official Vera website with various interesting sections including history, beaches, tourism, etc.

Lynne & Tony decided to sell up in the UK and move to Vera Playa to start a richer and more creative life there. They have created a book that contains some of the many photos that illustrates their first year's adventure in and around Vera Playa. The book can be previewed and ordered at this link

Legal standing of naturism in Spain ? In English

Playa do los Muertos, near Carbonaras ? another naturist beach

Naturist Website and Forum

Vera Playa and Naturism

Vera Playa lies on the Costa Almeria, between the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca. It has been a legally constituted naturist beach of some 2km in length for decades, and about 20 years ago the land immediately behind the beach was declared a Naturist Zone, the area between the beach and the road to Villaricos / Palomares. At that time there was virtually no building, the land was scrub and salt flats and had virtually no value.

Naturism, or nudism is perfectly legal in Spain, enshrined in the constitution and part of the individual's human rights. The Spanish Naturist Organisation protects this personal right and regards it very highly, so there tends to be a split in opinion between some Spanish naturists and some Northern Europeans. Those with a background in naturism linked with clubs, would often prefer a strictly naturist only beach, and a strictly naturist area, where the norm would be to be naked most of the time, whenever it is warm enough. This is simply not how Spanish naturists feel. On the whole, they adopt the position that it is unreasonable to expect to exercise their personal right to be naked on any public beach and at the same time demand that everybody is naked on the very few designated naturist beaches. Generally, common sense prevails. In July and August weight of numbers on the naturist beach determines that "textiles" would feel distinctly out of place and awkward. There are literally thousands of people, the majority being Spanish families, naked on the beach. Certainly some of you may have seen the "beach reaction" when individuals (usually inquisitive youths) decide to come to the beach for a bit of voyeurism. The naturists stand up and slow hand-clap them and always they exit quickly!

There has been some concern in recent years about "textile creep" onto the naturist beach as more hotels and apartment complexes which are not naturist have been built adjacent to the naturist beach, but in truth there are very few problems. Most owners / holidaymakers are Spanish and in Spain Vera Playa is very famous as a naked beach. Even those who holiday, or buy property, who do not share our pastime will be aware of it, so are not likely to be shocked or appalled by the naked body. All through the summer we walk the length of the beach as far as Vera Gardens Urbanisation (just past the Zimbali Playa Hotel) in the morning or late afternoon, and lots of other people do the same. We have never had any complaints, and if we had we would just smile and carry on, knowing we were perfectly within our rights. Not only can we be naked on any beach in Spain, we can also refer back to the ruling of the Ombudsman, who upheld the ruling that our beach is officially designated as a naturist beach. If you are worried about it, ask for guidance from the Puntonat Shop. There they have a hand-out with the legal situation spelled out, both in English and in Spanish, if you encounter any problems. Outside the months of July and August the beach is full of wide open spaces, you would be very unlikely to find anybody to object to nudity anywhere on Vera Playa.

For the Spanish naturist family there seems to be a lot more tolerance. You often see a mixed family group on the beach or at home in the urbanizations. Some are naked, some are part dressed, some, like the ancient granny, might be fully dressed in black. On a naturist urbanization, the principal rule, which can never be broken, is that you may not swim in the pool wearing clothes and usually the "naturist rule" will apply to the whole pool area. Having lived for most of the year in Spain, it is also easy to appreciate that most Spanish naturists will not be seen naked between, say October and April because it just doesn't feel warm enough! We have visited many naturist resorts in Europe and believe that Vera Playa is the closest you get to a naturist paradise. We are not fenced in behind high walls, we are not miles from anywhere. We are within easy walking distance of good facilities, similar to any other "normal" resort. There are a range of facilities in the Naturist Zone, including bars which you can use naked all day. Thankfully there is a minimum of "sleaze". Vera Playa is not a "swingers haven". I am not saying that these things don't go on, but they are not "in your face" and do not cause offence. You don?t need to know which parts of the beach to avoid, all the beach is a public, family beach. Every so often a business will open up with some strange ideas of who naturists are and what they would like for entertainment, but generally speaking, within a short time market forces prevail and as the majority of the population of Vera Playa do not frequent these places and they cease trading!

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