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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Young Couple on December 28, 2018, 08:11:36 PM

Title: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on December 28, 2018, 08:11:36 PM
I saw an old topic about hiking http://www.veraplayafriends.com/index.php/topic,2153 (http://www.veraplayafriends.com/index.php/topic,2153)

I would be very interested in having some updated information about this! We would love to know if it's still possible to hike nude in the area with the abandoned mine buildings. We would love that experience.

Also, those anyone have a google maps coordinate for the start and main points of said hike?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on December 28, 2018, 10:05:49 PM
Hi mods,

I'm new here so I'm not sure if creating a new topic was relevant or if it's best to continue the conversation in the old thread. Please let me know if it's best to delete this topic or if there's a way to merge them.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on December 28, 2018, 11:40:50 PM
So I've been doing some more digging and found a place called "Cala de en medio", about an hout south of VP. It seems to be a naturist friendly beach/cove. Does anyone know if it's possible to hike naked from Cala del Plomo which seems to be the closest access by car?
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: kog on December 31, 2018, 12:52:57 PM
Hi,

Yes, it's possible. I do that often. I think the best place to start is Agua Amarga. Follow the signals "sendero" at your right hand when you arrive at Agua Amargua and you'll find a little car park 200 mts further.
From there, I usually let my clothes in the car and hike naked to Cala Enmedio, or Cala del plomo, or ... San Pedro.

Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on December 31, 2018, 03:48:41 PM
Thank you kog, that’s very useful information!

Have you done the same in Cabo de Gata from the Playa de los Genoveses parking lot? We were eyeing a hike to Cala Principe, Chica, Grande and Barronal.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: kog on December 31, 2018, 04:36:37 PM
Yes, I have traveled all the trails along the coast from the south of Cabo de Gata to the Playa de los Muertes., between Carbonera and Agua Amargua.
Always naked from the parkings.
You will not meet many naked people anywhere but at the beach, but this is absolutely no problem. Most people are very friendly and smiling. Greet them simply.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on December 31, 2018, 06:27:37 PM
Thanks again for all the tips  !!:) It will give us confidence even if we are the only ones!

Seeing that you have a lot of experience in those beaches, would you say it's essential to take with us a beach umbrella to enjoy them? If so, would the Consum in Vera sell some? Or is there a place where we can rent them?
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: kog on January 03, 2019, 08:39:19 AM
It all depends on when and if you stay a long time lying on the beach. The sun can be strong during the summer, so it is always advisable to use sun oil and cover your head!
Some beaches (including Enmedia) have parts in the shade of rocks.
Personally, I'm not a fan of sitting for hours on the beach. I prefer to hike  and enjoy the beautiful scenery freely. And for that, the necessary = only sandals, hat, sun oil and water.
Enjoy !!!
From March to April and from September to early November are often very pleasant times to walk naked in this region.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 03, 2019, 04:14:54 PM
Thank you Kog, I’m sure we will enjoy ourselves come May!

Seeing that you enjoy so many nude walks in the region, do you have any experience in Sierra Almagrera close to Villaricos?
 
We have seen a few pictures of “El Arteal” abandoned mining town as well as what seems to be more ruins up in the mountain nearby. Have you ever been to any of these places? What’s your take on the possibility of nude honking in the area?
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: kog on January 03, 2019, 05:26:29 PM
It's a project for this year.

Another goal is to hike around the area of ancient gold mines of Rodalquilar (Cabo de Gata). There is a beautiful walk to do there.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 03, 2019, 11:06:48 PM
That one sounds great as well, will have to do some digging... We'll have to see how it goes for us in Almagrera then, and looking forward to reading about your experience when you do so as well!
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 07, 2019, 03:14:40 PM
So... I have been doing more research. I found a place up north called Bolnuevo that has 6 official nudist coves. There is a car path that leads and connects them. Presumably eveyone going there is nudist friendly. You can google "Cala desnuda" and you will find the place I'm referring to.

The little coves and beaches look great, however I'm wondering about the path leading and connecting the coves. We would like to know if walking along it in the nude would be frowned upon and/or we would be uncomfortable. Does anyone have experience in this particular region and/or can comment on the general attitudes in a situation like this?

Any general comments about your experiences will be appreciated. This is our first time in Spain and we want to enjoy it as much as possible but don't want to stray too far off from customs.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: the sandeys on January 10, 2019, 05:01:17 PM
Hi,

We were there last summer.  The road only now goes as far as the first little cove, the remainder has been closed off to all traffic except bikes. No issue with sunbathing naked or hiking along the road to the other coves. However it is a quite a distance to each one especially when you have to carry everything you need for a day out in the sun.  There are two routes to get there, one via the toll road and the other across country which is a bit more of a difficult drive. 
There are plenty of deserted coves you can visit and park very close to without going as far as that.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 10, 2019, 05:52:05 PM
Thanks for the detailed information! i had read about the road closure to cars, however the path there seems to be interesting and beautiful. So you think that we could leave all our clothes in the car and walk toward the coves with no issues?

Also, would love some tips on those other deserted coves you mention :) Thanks!
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: the sandeys on January 15, 2019, 05:47:55 PM
Apologies for the delay in responding. Yes,you can de-robe in the car park and then walk down the path to whichever beach you prefer. We met people en route that were clothed but no one took any notice of us whatsoever. 
If you follow the main road out of Villaricos you will see on your right hand side many paths and dirt roads down to little coves.Most have stoney beaches but are deserted most of the time and are great for snorkelling. 
In addition I found the walking trails map but it is almost impossible to transcribe the five routes to you. If you google ' Velez Blanco Walking Trails ' you will find the map of the trails, the distances and degrees of difficulty etc.  Velez Blanco is about an hours drive, fabulous scenery and lovely trails.  Also if you go up to that region through the Velez Rubio tourist website you can book a trek up one of the hills to the original Indalo man cave paintings, cost was 2 Euros payable to the ranger/guide on the day.  Velex Rubio is the town before you get to Velez Blanco.  Hope this helps you.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 15, 2019, 05:55:02 PM
Thank you Ian/Cyd. This is all very helpful. We are very excited about our upcoming trip and having never been to Spain before we want to enjoy it as much as possible but without getting ourselves in an embarrassing situation.

Will definitely check out the places and walks you suggest! Just a clarifying note, I assume this last ones (specially where you pay) are to be done with clothes on?  ;D
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: the sandeys on January 15, 2019, 09:13:58 PM
Hi,
Yes, the very last one with the ranger/guide to visit the Indalo man cave paintings has to be done with your clothes on. The five walks in Velez Blanco are entirely clothing optional.  We only saw a few people on bikes and they just waved at us naked ramblers as they went by.
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 15, 2019, 09:27:29 PM
Thanks for all the insights! It seems that between Cabo de Gata, Mazarrón and possibly Sierra Almagrera and Velez Blanco we will have enough nude hikes to fill our vacations  :;:
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: andynpatti on January 18, 2019, 12:36:25 AM
We often hike in the hills just north of Vera Playa. We drive to the village of Los Lobos about 20  minutes away. From the village cross the dry river bed and head up a valley into the hills. You see lots of old mining works and some great views. It's helpful to have somebody with you that knows some of the routes but not essential. BE CAREFUL if you go off the track. There are many very deep unprotected mine shafts.

The walks in Cabo de Gata are fine as well with no clothes off season. We have walked from Agua Armaga and from San Jose. Ideal time is April , May, September and October when it's not too hot.

When are you likely to be there?
Title: Re: Hiking 2.0
Post by: Young Couple on January 18, 2019, 01:09:04 AM
Thank you Andy and Patti! We are planning on being there on the end of May. We understand it will be offseason but warm enought to enjoy the beach and pool but not so much that we will roast hiking. I hope that's the case :)

For Sierra Almagrera we had seen an apparently abandoned mining complex called "El Arteal", there seems to be a few ruins up the mountains near that location. We hadn't seen Los Lobos but will check it out, what do you think is best?

We wouldn't have a guide with us so we would preferably like a safe intuitive or marked path to the ruins up the hills. Don't want to end up lost or worse. However I think that easiness will be tricky to balance with enough seclusion to be able to hike nude comfortably, would preferably try to not run into a lot of other hikers. Do you think those mountains are good for nudity or you wouldn't recommend?

Thanks!