Sardinia has capped the variety of holidaymakers that may go to its well-known seashores this summer time.
The Italian island of Sardinia is defending its spectacular seashores from overtourism with a number of new restrictions together with fines of as much as €3,500.
The island’s shoreline is famend for its pristine stretches of sand, together with its famed pink seashore.
However its seaside has additionally been struggling attributable to disrespectful customer behaviour and overcrowding.
To safeguard the shoreline, the island has capped customer numbers and launched charges at a few of its hottest seashores.
Spiaggia Rosa: €3,500 for stealing sand
Mendacity off the west coast of Italy, Sardinia has a number of the most stunning seashores within the nation. The island is incessantly voted as one of many prime locations in Italy for a seaside vacation.
However the reputation of the island’s shoreline has begun to trigger issues. This summer time, a number of new rules and limitations have been launched on the island’s seashores to guard the pure surroundings.
The Spiaggia Rosa, positioned on the outlying Budelli island, attracts hundreds of vacationers a day in summer time to admire its magnificent pink sand. However guests can solely see the picturesque sands from a distance on a ship.
Due to the seashore’s fame, it has been closed off to guests for the reason that mid-Nineties after its coveted sand started to vanish. The native authorities took motion after vacationers have been discovered to be smuggling kilos price away as souvenirs.
This yr, native authorities have introduced that strolling on the seashore will land you a €500 superb whereas anybody caught stealing the sand should pay as much as €3,500.
La Maddalena, Cala Coticcio and Cala Brigantina are capping customer numbers
Within the archipelago of La Maddalena two seashores now have restricted entry. Final yr, solely 60 individuals a day may go to Cala Coticcio and Cala Brigantina over the summer time.
Travellers wanted to e-book their slot on-line and pay €3 per particular person to entry the seashores with a information.
The customer restrict and entry charge has not but been introduced this yr, however visits will seemingly have to be booked by contacting an area information straight like final yr.
A number of different seashores across the island now solely permit entry to a restricted variety of guests. Within the north, Cala Brandinchi and Lu Impostu will restrict numbers to 1,447 and 3,352 respectively between June 15 and September 15. At Cala Mariolu, 700 persons are allowed per day.
In Villasimius within the southeast, beachgoers heading to Punta Molentis, Riu Trottu and Portu Sa Ruxi are required to pay to entry the automobile park. Every car prices €10 with an extra €1 for every passenger. Cyclists and pedestrians pay €3.
Employees are stationed at automobile parks and seashore entry factors to test tickets.
Seashore towels banned on Pelosa seashore
On the west coast, Stintino’s famed Pelosa seashore is now solely open to a restricted variety of guests per day. A most of 1,500 persons are allowed to entry the seashore day by day. Final yr, customer numbers reached as many as 4,000 on some days.
These trying to sunbathe on Pelosa seashore must e-book a ticket costing €3.50. Laws additionally state that guests ought to carry mats as an alternative of seashore towels, which lure much less sand.
Ogliastra: Cut-off dates for beachgoers
In Ogliastra on the east coast, 300 individuals a day are permitted on Cala Birìala and beachgoers who arrive by boat can solely keep for 90 minutes.
Equally, guests to Cala dei Gabbiani are additionally capped at 300. Final yr, vistors needed to go away after two hours.
How is Italy clamping down on overtourism?
Sardinia joins a number of different widespread vacationer locations which have launched restrictions on account of overcrowding.
Venice continues to be mulling a reserving system and charge to go to the town. Within the Italian Riviera city of Portofino, vacationers lingering too lengthy and blocking streets face fines of €270.