The increasing popularity of leisure in Greece means that some of those places are struggling with excessive numbers of tourists. In Crete, this problem affects even beaches such as Elafonissi or Balos. In particular, it is visible in the high season, where thousands of tourists relax (or at least try to do it) on both lagoons each day.
The importance of this problem can be proved by the fact that it is noticed not only by organizations dealing with environmental protection, but also by the vacationers themselves. They complain about too many people staying on these beaches and the ubiquitous garbage and disorder. These negative relations of tourists are quite often directed to employees and hotel owners.
Of course, such a large number of tourists coming to Balos and Elafonisi is also a huge burden for the environment. This applies not only to the beaches themselves, but also to the adjacent terrain. It is worth mentioning the wild car park around Elafonissi. Hundreds of cars left on the local area contribute to the real destruction of the remains of the local cedar forest.
As a result, Manolis Giannoulis, President of the Chania Hotel Association, wrote an open letter to the mayors of the municipalities of Kissamos and Kandanos-Selino. In this letter he asks that from the 2019 season to return to the idea of increasing the control of the flow of tourists relaxing on both beaches. One of the elements reducing the number of people staying in these places would be to introduce the entrance fee.
Revenues obtained from the sale of these tickets would be entirely allocated for the protection of the local environment and for the improvement of infrastructure. These measures would also allow the cleanliness of these beaches to be increased by ensuring the daily collection and disposal of rubbish.
Of course, you can be indignant that the Greeks are thinking about introducing a fee again. However, in our opinion this is too simplistic. It is worth remembering that we tourists are only temporary guests of these places, which for local residents constitute a natural heritage passed on to future generations. If the fee is actually entirely allocated to the protection of these places, we are really in favor.