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Italy: Sardinia Beach to charge holidaymakers to battle overtourism

ONE OF EUROPE'S MOST POPULAR BEACHES TO START CHARGING FOR ENTRY BECAUSE IT IS SO OVERCROWDED

La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia, Italy

Visitors to a popular beach in Sardinia may soon have to pay for the privilege.

Local authorities in Stintino have announced they will introduce an entrance fee to access La Pelosa beach on the north-west tip of the Italian island.

Plans are also in motion to cap visitor numbers at around 1,500 a day after problems with overcrowding have led to environmental concerns about the beach.

Antonio Diana, Stintino’s mayor, revealed the plans at a city council meeting, although he didn’t say how much the entry charge would be.

“The ticket will allow us to cover the expenses for Pelosa and distribute the proceeds also for the maintenance and cleaning of the other beaches,” said councillor for tourism Francesca Demontis, reports local paper Sassari Oggi.

“I am convinced that we can achieve a good result.”

Public works commissioner Antonella Mariani added: “We have started a process of correct use of the Pelosa beach, aimed at its preservation.”

The changes are due to be introduced in 2020.

The beach already has strict rules prohibiting holidaymakers from bringing towels or beach bags to ensure they don’t take any sand away with them – either intentionally or by accident.

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