To protect its dunes, La Posa beach has started charging entry fee from tourists!

Published on : Thursday, November 28, 2019


The local tourist guide explains that it’s the best beach in Sardinia. With immaculate white sand and crystalline water, La Pelosa has been defined as being as stunning as the Caribbean. However, its beauty has turned out to be a curse as tourists shove for every last square metre.


The mayor of Stintino, the nearby town of La Pelosa has come up with an answer: a charge person to visit the beach along with an earlier ban on traders, the plan is to lessen the number of people to 1,500 a day.


The dunes behind the beach, on the north-west corner of the island, have gone through a major crisis from vacationers trampling vegetation in their search for the ideal spot for sunbathing. Reduced coverage of this vegetation has led to part of the dunes blowing away.


La Pelosa in Sardinia is one of the best beaches of this reagion – and officials are trying to protect it.


An investigation by the Central Institute for Marine Research, Rome, found that damage was caused by visitors had destroyed the natural defenses of La Pelosa and allowed winter storms to carry away whole areas of sand.


Saving tourist hotspots


Due to this, the beach has become smaller than it was when in 1970s large-scale tourism came to the area. The study advises creating natural windbreaks to stop sand erosion and limiting numbers of visitors.


Mayor Antonio Diana explains that the money accumulated in renovating the beach. Also, smoking ban has been implemented, and tourists will be stopped from bringing beach bags in case they unwittingly remove sand.


Charging to safeguard sensitive tourist hotspots is nothing new. Venice, at present battling its worst-ever winter flooding, is planning a $5.50 “landing charge” for day-trippers starting next year. Already tourists staying overnight pay a tourist tax, which varies according to the star rating of their hotel.


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