El Portús – perfect for first-timers

Many Naturists will tell you that after you’ve been on a few Naturist holidays you forget the nervous feelings you had the first time you were naked in a public place, because it all becomes so normal, so quickly.

I was a very hesitant new-comer. One spring, about 5 years ago, Andrew took me to El Portús, for my first naturist experience abroad. We had taken a mobile home on the hillside. It was a very hot day. We had unpacked our bags and Andrew offered to show me around the site. Wear ‘whatever you like,’ he had said, because he wanted me to feel at ease and in El Portús you really can wear whatever you like or nothing at all and no one bats an eyelid either way. 

So, we set off. Andrew was – of course – naked, and I had a very skimpy dress on. For walking along the road from our accommodation, it had felt normal to me to wear something. He always laughs when he recalls that within ten steps of leaving the accommodation, the dress was off. ‘It’s too hot for this!’ I said, apparently. But looking back I remember it was more than that – I just felt so completely comfortable. That is the beauty of El Portús. 

The perimeter of the flat camping area is about a 1km round, so it feels spacious, There are tents and caravans, the Hacienda Montalvo studio apartment block, mobile homes, and plenty of permanent residences with well-tended gardens and personalised additions. There is plenty of space everywhere and the result is that you are lost within an oasis of calm.

El Portús is a very welcoming resort in stunning mountain surroundings. Every time I sit on a terrace there whether dawn is breaking or the sun is setting, the sun appears to creep gently across the bay, presenting a glow of different colours on the mountain sides. It just takes my breath away. The management and reception staff are always so friendly and kind. The gentle Spanish ‘slow down’ catches you as you walk past reception.  A sandy beach is right there – walk straight off the site on to it. One of the swimming pools and one of the restaurants are always open, but in the true Spanish spirit you never know which or when because it completely depends on the weather and what feels right! There is a lovely, cool spa run by Robert and Sandra, who is an exceptional masseuse and such a lovely lady and has trained a wonderful supporting team. With a shop onsite and bar that is open all day and evening, what more could you ask for? 

El Portús is one of my most favourite Naturist destinations and so unlike many of the ‘concrete jungles’ that seem to tempt the holiday-maker in Spain. The last night before I leave El Portús is always a sad one for me. I feel truly relaxed there.

Don’t hesitate – if you have been thinking of trying a Naturist resort – or someone has been trying to persuade you to try one – consider El Portús. It’s a great place to start…


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Autumn news from El Portús

Winter offer

It’s easy to think that as the British summer comes to an end, it also means the end of sunshine holidays. It’s true that many European resorts close over the winter – but not El Portús which is open all year round. Between October and March is a perfect time to go, out of the busy – and hot! – main holiday season. It’s warmer than home, the sun often shines and the spring comes earlier than here. Prices are reduced too – and I will make it even more affordable by deducting a further £50 off the price if you book a Type ‘B’ mobile home during the low season. All Type ‘B’ mobile homes on site now have air conditioning too (which, should it be necessary, doubles as heating…) 

2020 rates

Looking ahead – I now have all the rates for accommodation in 2020 at El Portús – let me have your dates and I’ll be happy to quote you. Outside of July and August, the longer you stay, the less the per-night price becomes. 

Group Holiday

Sheryn and I will be hosting our own group holiday at El Portús next May, 9 – 16th. This is an unofficial gathering of friends and others who we know through our work with El Portús and we would love people to join us. We’ve already taken a number of bookings and are looking forward to helping everyone have a great time, in great company. There will be an activity programme which is likely to include exercise classes, quizzes, walks, spa session, group lunches and dinners, and trips off the site – we’ll be choosing from a vineyard, liqueur factory, silver mine, nature reserve with nude beaches and local historical sites – of which there are plenty! You’ll have to make your own way to El Portús, but we can organise transfers from the airport. Some of the activities will attract an additional cost. You can stay longer than 7 nights if you wish. Interested in finding out more? Let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a quote. 

Useful links:

El Portús UK website with information and pictures

Accommodation choices

Sites of local interest

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Spring news from El Portús

Dear friends

Welcome to another update from El Portús, Spain’s premier Naturist resort. There are some great things that I’d like to update you on, particularly at this time of year, when holiday plans are often uppermost in peoples’ minds.

Two group holidays 

We have two of our renowned group holidays to look forward to – and they’re both booking now!  First up we have our special BN members’ holiday from 6th to 13th May – with discounted rates available until the 27th – a bargain that on its own will either cover, or make a significant contribution to, your BN membership. Perfect!

Our second big group holiday is also now booking – the BN members Autumn group holiday which runs from 16th to 30th September, though there are once again great discount rates that apply until the 7th October, making three weeks of autumn sun tantalisingly within reach!

So what can you expect on one of our group holidays?  Well, aside from the lovely company of like minded folk, the core weeks of the holiday have a group leader onsite throughout.  You will also generally have a programme of activities, entertainment, dining, social events and excursions. These holidays offer the winning combination of company and activities at Spain’s top Naturist resort – there’s not much else we can add to that!

New management at Spa Portús

The spa at El Portús – on the ground floor of the Hacienda Montalvo, next to the covered swimming pool, is under new management, and being run by an Englishman, to boot. He has plans to improve the spa facility – so keep an eye out for details. It’s a large area with massage rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and more.

A new type of accommodation is coming…

Many of you ask me to reserve you one of the nine Type ‘A’ mobile homes opposite the Petanca courts so you can watch the games – and the world go by – from your balcony. Bliss.

They are also the closest mobile homes to the beach. Ever improving, the existing ones will be removed soon and from the beginning of July you will be able to book a brand new version with bigger head room and more modern fixtures, though the same in other respects. They will be known as Type ‘A superior’ mobile homes. I will post information and photos when I can (they’ve not been delivered to the site yet) but you can book them already…

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New slideshow

We’ve also done a little refresh on the El Portús UK website – check out our rather snazzy new ‘slideshow’, which showcases many scenes from El Portus – wish you were there?

Best wishes. I look forward to making your booking. I’m available to answer your queries about any aspect of El Portús and the surrounding area including historical and yet cosmopolitan Cartagena.


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El Portus Newsletter Dec 2015

Hello everyone!

I thought I’d write to let you know that our Autumn 2016 group holiday to El Portus is now live and open for bookings cialis 5 mg comprim.  It’s going to be another great couple of weeks, packed with social events, excursions, great food and even greater company with like minded folks.  Enjoy fabulous rates from 24th September to 15th October (the core holiday period is 24th September to 8th October, and this is when the majority of people and the rep will be on site).  Find out more and how to book. 

Don’t forget as well that you can also take advantage of our very special winter offer. Save  over £50 on usual prices if you book a Type ‘B’ Mobile Home staying anytime between the 15th October and 3rd April.  Enjoy some winter sunshine without breaking the bank!  Find out more.

Finally, there are still places on the BN members’ group holiday from 7th to 14th May 2016 though you can enjoy the very special long stay discounts at El Portus if you choose to extend your holiday (see below).  Another fantastic led holiday, with all the usual benefits of excursions, meals and gatherings – find out more.

Remember too that El Portus has some amazing discounts if you choose to stay longer.  Stay for 14 nights, pay for 10, stay for 21 nights and pay for 14 (longer stays are charged pro rata.  This makes your dream holiday at Spain’s top naturist resort much more affordable than you might think, so do enquire for more information and to book.

It only remains for me to wish you a very happy Christmas and a gloriously sunny 2016!

Best wishes

Andrew Welch

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El Portus Newsletter August 2015

I went to in June to El Portus. I have been there many times over the years but this was the closest to the height of the summer that I have visited and the place is very different. Not only was the usual ‘winter’ bar and restaurant closed but the Chiringuito, beach bar was open and made for a nice difference, being located right next to the beach and right next to the swimming pool. With a €9 daily menu (three courses and a drink), it was a perfect sheltered retreat from the sunshine for a while.  With Spain enjoying an incredibly warm summer this year, a good tan is a certainty – one recent client gleefully reported day time temperatures of around 38° and long days on the beach, punctuated with cooling dips in the blue sea before watching the sun set over the bay – beautiful!

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My stay coincided with the Spanish school holidays beginning (yes they get 3 months!) and there were plenty of families with children which always makes for a great atmosphere in a naturist resort. Although I was only there for a couple of days I managed to get in some beach time and also met some of my clients. Apologies to any of you that were there that I didn’t manage to catch up with on such a short trip. The availability is of course more limited across the summer but if you haven’t yet booked your summer holiday and want to see what is available then please let me know. I’ll be back at the end of August for a family holiday.

Improvements to the Hacienda Montalvo – I was excited to see the work that has been done to change the bathrooms. Those of you that have visited before will know that each Hacienda apartment included a full size bath, which is unusual in holiday accommodation and sometimes took ages to fill up! These have now been replaced by the most up to date and super looking showers that would not be out of place in a top London hotel. The water pressure has been improved as well and the experience is wonderful and much better than it used to be. In addition, they have recently invested in new sun beds for the balconies and rather than lying on those hard plastic sun beds that you did before there is now a canvas one which makes things much nicer. I’m also delighted to say that the wifi connection has been vastly improved with a new fibre optic cable coming into the resort. Everyone using it has praised how quick and easy it is and any of you that have been before and tried to log on will know that having the access in an easy way is much better.

Group holidays – I’m sure most of you will know that there is the usual autumn group holiday going to El Portus  starting on the 19th September with fabulous reduced rates. I’m delighted to say that there are over 20 people booked to go and I’m sure that I will be taking more bookings. If you want a full package holiday you can of course book through my friends at Chalfont Holidays .I’ve also just agreed with the management that we will run another BN member’s holiday next May. Look out for details as they are produced.

Special offers – I’m sure that none of us want to think about the winter but don’t forget my special promotion.  I will take £50 off any holiday in a type B mobile home during the winter season (confirm the dates) (link). Also, remember that at any time of year at El Portus if you stay for 14 nights in any accommodation you will only pay for 10 and if you stay for 21 you only pay for 14. This last one is pro rata as well so any stay over 21 days is massively discounted.

Thank you for your custom and I look forward to hearing from you if you wish to book or enquire about an El Portus holiday.

Best wishes

Andrew Welch

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A perfect family holiday

It’s funny how life sometimes throws up an experience that  opens your eyes to new possibilities. Several years of UK holidays, with unpredictable weather and a reliance on overpriced tourist attractions to entertain our daughters led us to a radical decision – a trip abroad!  Some ‘restructuring’ at work meant that if we didn’t do it now, we might never do it and we determined to grasp the nettle and go for it.  Our daughters had never been abroad, my wife and I hadn’t been for fourteen years and we had never been abroad for two weeks. Truly this was a radical departure on many levels for us!

It had to be just right though – good value, plenty of sunshine and above all, as long time Naturists, it had to offer the option of clothes free recreation in a family friendly environment.  Our research soon narrowed the field and we decided on the well known resort of El Portús, set in the Costa Calida in southern Spain (we’d never been to Spain either – so that was another first!). 

We booked through the resort’s UK representative, Andrew Welch (www.elportusuk.com) and booking could not have been simpler, with helpful advice offered from someone who clearly knows the resort and locale inside out.  Rather bravely we settled on the first two weeks of the school summer holidays – a period when this part of Spain is hot or, more descriptively, HOT!

We flew out of Stansted with Ryanair into Murcia San Javier airport, which is an easy half hour or so drive from El Portús along well maintained and signposted roads.  It is also possible to fly into Alicante, though the drive is of course longer.  I shall skirt around the horror of dealing with the car hire company – this review need not be tainted by such matters – but all I’d say is, choose wisely and read reviews!  Anyway, we collected our car and set off on our journey to the resort.  The directions provided by Andrew were the most detailed I have ever seen and we were soon passing through the nearest main town, Cartagena, as our girls looked wide eyed at the landscape outside, the Spanish street scene and the very lovely Spanish buildings in their rich palette of colours.

El Portús is nestled in a south facing bay in a rural location in an area of Spain designated as a national park.  Mountains tower over the resort, giving it a wonderful sheltered feel.  This becomes apparent as you get closer and the landscape becomes more rugged and rural – and indeed very beautiful.  I frequently found myself in contemplative moments gazing up at the mountain tops and wondering what the view must be like from up there and which brave/foolhardy souls would venture to the summits.

On arrival at the resort the check in was straightforward and the friendly English speaking reception staff soon had us on our way to our mobile home.  We chose a ‘B type’ and the one we were allocated was set at the bottom of the hillside, offering beautiful views across the resort and out to the sea. The cabin itself was compact, with a dining area/kitchen area, three bedrooms and a toilet and shower room.  There was ample space to stash out suitcases and clothes (yes, we brought far too many clothes as it happened – we won’t do that again!).  The compact nature of the mobile home is not a problem – after all you don’t travel to Spain to spend your days indoors when there is a glorious beach nearby and guaranteed sunshine! 

The kitchen had a hob and sufficient crockery, cutlery and utensils to prepare basic meals. Given the weather (did I mention, it was HOT!?) we mainly lived on delicious cooked meats, cheeses and salads, and we supplemented this by buying a cheap barbecue from the nearby hypermarket which, stereotypically landed me doing much of the cooking (that good old man, meat, fire process!).

Anyone with children will know the daily rigmarole of getting them showered and out in the mornings.  We soon found it easier to send half the family to one of the nearby sanitarios (shower blocks) to speed up our morning and evening routines.  These are well cleaned, and are bright and modern and one has laundry facilities (while you may not have many clothes to wash, your beach towels will certainly need a freshen up during your stay!) .  One unusual and amusing feature of the sanitarios is that the loo roll dispensers are located outside the cubicles.  We never established if this is a Spanish thing or an El Portús thing, but it certainly hones one’s estimation skills!

There is an onsite supermarket, more like a corner shop size in reality, which is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of groceries and useful goods.  Part of our daily routine was for someone to head there each morning for delicious, still warm, artisan bread for that day’s lunch.  The supermarket also offers you the chance to try shopping naked – okay that may sound an odd thing to mention, but if you’ve never tried it, it’s one of those slightly humorous experiences that being a naturist throws up from time to time – just don’t try it at Tesco when you get home though! 

For a greater selection and cheaper prices, it’s worth doing a ‘big shop’ at the Eroski hypermarket, which is about 15 minutes way in Cartagena.  Frankly though, this involves dragging yourself away from the resort and you may find the extra few Euros it costs at the on-site shop is worth it to avoid the inconvenience.

So, to the resort itself.  It is a fascinating location with a combination of mobile homes, apartments, camping pitches and permanent residents.  Some of the permanent residents’ pitches are quite beautiful and the whole diverse mix makes for a unique ambience.

Our mobile home was about two minutes from the beach so we were able to be laid out soaking up the sun very quickly every day, returning ‘home’ for lunch, then heading back down until early evening.  The beach is mainly of shingle and pebble, though one end is sandier.  The sea was mainly very gentle during our stay, though a few days were characterised by some fairly hefty waves, which were great for the girls to enjoy being washed onto the shore in a flurry of arms and legs!  Daytime temperatures were averaging about 32°, though a couple of days hit a truly melting 38°!

To help cope with the heat, there is a refreshment kiosk right on the beach and we were able to keep ourselves well stocked with cold drinks, ice creams and a very delicious lemon ice slush.  We bought the girls some snorkels from the Eroski hypermarket and this led to hours (days!) of fun as they watched the very pretty fish that swim close to the shore.  The beach is very safe and very family friendly and in fact this was the first holiday we have been on where the girls were happy to stay on the beach all day.  In fact those dread words “Muuuum, we’re bored” were not uttered for the full two weeks.

Near to the beach is the outdoor swimming pool.  Spotlessly clean, with grass surrounding it and some trees for shade this makes a respite from the beach if you need it and offers the chance to cool down (it’s HOT here, remember!).  it is also the focal point for the organised children’s activities, which cover a variety or arts, crafts and games, led by the ever cheerful Raqel.  Ours took part in a treasure hunt, and the youngest took part in an art session and it was great to see them mixing with other kids from across Europe, learning a few words of each other’s language.

The main restaurant is next to the pool and while we didn’t try it ourselves, there were certainly some enticing smells from the kitchen!  This is also the venue for the evening entertainment and hosts a variety of discos and live music, along with themed evenings , such as a ‘hippy night’.

There is a second swimming pool higher up on the site and this is used more during the ‘low season’ periods, having a retractable enclosure.  We didn’t use this pool, but it was equally as spotless as the main pool from what we saw.

Given that our main objective was a sunshine and beach holiday to chill out and get some colour, we didn’t venture off site too frequently.  We paid a few visits to Cartagena, which I had naively imagined would be a dusty container port.  How wrong I was!  It is a beautiful, modern town with main streets full of pleasant shops and restaurants and a very lovely sea front and marina.  We dined out a couple of times and found some good restaurants, in one of which we experienced a fine seafood paella, brimming with squid, octopus, prawns and langoustines at a price per head that would just about buy you a pallid microwavable imitation in a UK supermarket!

Cartagena also as a rich history, being key in both Roman times and during the Spanish civil war.  There are many attractions in this fine town, but we chose to visit the Roman Theatre (awesome!) and the (very sobering) Civil War Bunker Museum via the panoramic lift. There was much, much more we could have seen and done in this lovely town, but the lure of El Portus is indeed strong and we soon wanted to get back on site, get our clothes off and hit the beach!

So what was the final verdict?  El Portús is quite simply wonderful.  The accommodation is comfortable and is perfect for a beach holiday.  It is a perfect resort for both seasoned naturists and also for those who want to experience a naturist holiday for the first time and ease themselves gently into this amazing lifestyle.  We loved it and we’re already saving our pennies for the next visit!


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Xmas at El Portús

The festive season and New Year is a great time to visit El Portús and particularly good this year if you take advantage of my Special Winter Promotion.

Naturally, there are fewer people around than in the summer months, but the resort is never quiet! There is a vibrant ex-pat community that live at El Portús all year and meet regularly. Holidaymakers from all over Europe are likely to be taking a break too and you’re guaranteed a festive atmosphere in the company of like-minded people.

Average temperature is around 10° C and whilst it can get chilly in the evenings, you can be sure it will warmer than back home! The exchange rate also means you get more for your money.

There’s plenty going on too.

On Christmas Eve you can get together with others for an hour of songs carols and canons. These are mostly done in different languages for each verse –  English, Dutch, German, Spanish, French – and even one verse in Latin.

On Christmas Day – after you’ve enjoyed basking in the sun on the beach, or swimming in the heated pool, there’s a wonderful evening meal served in the restaurant. Last year for around €30, 24 people tucked into prawn in filo pastry and hoi sin dip, chicken consommé and then dim sum. The main meal was roasted baby goat leg with sauté potatoes, mushrooms and peppers. Wine, coffee and Spanish sweets were included. There’s another gala meal on Boxing Day.

Almost the whole campsite will be in the bar and restaurant celebrating New Years’ Eve. If the hangover isn’t too bad (or even if it is), the mass skinny-dip in the Med on New Years’ Day will refresh you and is accompanied by mulled wine and food.

The restaurant and bar are closed on Christmas eve and the evening of New Years’ Day, but open as usual at other times. The well-stocked shop on site is open every morning and there are plenty of grocery shops, supermarkets and restaurants a short distance away.

The nearby town of Cartagena is always a place with a buzz and plenty going on all year round. Visit the Roman Theatre, more Roman excavations – opened this year – at La Molinete, the 15th Century castle high up on Torres Park (make sure you get there on the most amazing lift you have even seen!), the Spanish Civil War shelters, the Military Museum, and the National Underwater Archeology Museum. Wander around the marina and the shop and restaurant-filled streets, admiring the beautiful architecture. Take in a concert in the new auditórium, or enjoy tapas and watch the world go by.

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Our love affair with Spain

El Portús from the air

The results are in… nearly a quarter of all tourists visiting Spain in 2011 were from the UK. That’s an incredible 13 million of us travelling to the Iberian peninsular for sun, sea…and other things beginning with ‘s’.

Some of them were headed for Spain’s Premier Naturist resort, El Portús, and no doubt many will again in 2012.

And who can blame them? It’s a terrific place that offers everything a holiday resort could, plus the distinct advantage of being able Welcome… to spend as much time as you like without clothes.

El Portús is open all year round and so if you are still planning a post-Xmas break or half-term holiday, or looking forward to an Easter trip or main Summer get-away-from-it-all, it’s a perfect place. Right on the beach with spectacular views across the sea and into the mountains, you’ll find peace and tranquillity within a vibrant and lively place with a great community spirit.

Choose from luxury studio apartments, three grades of mobile home, or a camping pitch.

Wake with the sun flooding the resort and wander to the shop to buy breakfast or enjoy someone else cooking it for you at the restaurant. Take a dip in one of two swimming pools, play boules or tennis. Relax in the sun on your balcony or people-watch on the large beach. Take out a kayak, go scuba diving or rock climb without leaving the place. Enjoy the spa or have a massage. Spend wonderful evenings dining al fresco in the company of like-minded people.

Nearby Cartagena is an incredible town with a rich history dating back to Punic (Hannibal of elephants fame woz ‘ere) and Roman times. Museums, theatres, historical sites, cosmopolitan waterfront, restaurants, fantastic shopping – you’ll find it all.

Prices for 7 nights start from £495 for an apartment, £295 for a Mobile Home, and £145 for a camping pitch, with discounts the longer you stay, even a fortnight. Great rates for group holidays too. Accommodation only.

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..to the first blog post on elportusuk.com. There is so much to say about El Portús and so many subjects to cover on all it and the local area offer all through the year that I will be blogging regularly – so bookmark this page and keep checking back. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

That’s it for now – oh, have you booked your El Portús holiday yet? Who you gonna call?


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