Charco del Palo

Charco del Palo is a small naturist holiday village on the north-eastern coast of Lanzarote. Since the 70s there was arising the first “official” naturist beach of the Canary Islands at this place and the village has preserved its character of a small and cozy holiday village far away from mass tourism up to now.

Charco del Palo is located near the villages of Mala and Guatiza, both about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away, which are served by a regular bus route between the island’s capital Arrecife and the north of the island. However, to discover Charco del Palo and the North of Lanzarote, we would recommend you hiring a car.

Charco del Palo is predominantly German, with English and Spanish residents and tourists. There are two holiday complexes and lots of apartments and villas for rental too. You will see naked people going about their everyday life in the village, so please don’t go if you find that offensive!

There are 3 beautiful swimming spots in place, 2 of them are tidal pools filling up at high tide with fresh water, another site allows swimming in the open sea. Especially the southern of the two tidal pools is a wonderful place to sunbathe and to swim.

In the village there is a small supermarket which can be reached from all apartments by foot. More supermarkets you will find in Mala (3km), Guatiza and Arrieta (approx 5km), as well as more and larger supermarkets (Euro Spar, Lidl) in Arrecife (about 30km away).

There are 3 restaurants that can be reached on foot from all holiday apartments. More restaurants are in Mala (3km), Guatiza (5km) and Arrieta (also about 5km). In Arrieta you get served daily fresh and typical fish from the island.

  • The Cueva Paloma Cafeteria has a really nice dining area for the evenings and a great place to have coffee with friends during the day and it’s naturist friendly. Paella can be ordered 24h in advance and if you have a special diet they will  make you something special.
  • Reiners Pub specials of the day include the old favourites such a BBQ Ribs all you can eat every Wednesday night and Dover Sole served with boiled potatoes drizzled with butter every Friday. These two evening are always busy so it’s best to reserve a table before hand. Reiner offers a special menu every evening, and the new additions to the menu includes prawns in garlic, garlic bread with tomato, a mixed salad with freshly cooked duck breast with pine nuts and yogurt dressing, spaghetti with prawns and garlic, hake fillet with canarian potatoes and salad, duck breast served with red cabbage and potatoes. The evening menu starts at 18h and the kitchen closes at 21h. These are approximate times and vary depending on numbers and demand on each particular night. Reiners Pub opens at midday till late every day except Sunday. There is also a snack menu which is available from midday till 17h.
  • Jardin Tropical is an unusual restaurant and if this is your first visit to Charco del Palo then you may be surprised to find a very a large swimming pool in the centre of the dining area. There is an afternoon snack menu available, serving burgers, toasted sandwiches, etc. and you can sit in the garden. The Jardin Tropical is a Naturist area. The evening menu is varied and Yann also offers a two or three course dinner at a special price.See notice board at the front of restaurant for prices and choices.