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More lots of tourism on Chrissi

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Chrissi is one of the most characteristic places you can see while in Crete. This small island is known for its golden beaches and natural cedar forest. Despite the fact that this place was very popular, regulations were introduced last year that prohibited entry to the island. The main purpose of these regulations was to protect the local unique vegetation, which unfortunately was losing an uneven fight against the pressure of huge tourist traffic. However, at the end of the year, these provisions expired. However, you will have to wait with plans for a trip to Chrissi.


Currently, work has begun on new legal regulations that will regulate this year's tourist traffic on this island. Most likely, it will be a solution that takes into account both the interests of the broadly understood tourism industry and the interests of nature. Compromise regulations are to allow access to the island, but probably within a pre-limited daily limit.

At the moment, no details are known, but one thing is certain - there is no way to return to the previous state. Maria Kozyraki, the special secretary of the decentralized administration of Crete, spoke categorically about this. In an interview on Crete TV, she said that Chrissi “is an area that has been treated as a typical tourist destination for the last 40 years, subject to predatory exploration. (…) And yet it is a strictly protected area that should be respected and preserved for future generations. (…) At the moment a new plan is being developed (…). We're not going back to the previous model where everything was allowed."

A small island of many owners

In addition to the new regulations, another hot issue related to the island of Chrissi is the ownership of the land there. Unfortunately, it turns out that the local land and mortgage registers have many gaps, as well as, as it was delicately described, "black spots". Unfortunately, in the event of a desire to create a national park or other state-protected area, this may significantly hinder the legal acquisition of land by the Greek state.

Currently, more than 110 people claim ownership of the land located on Chrissi Island. Interestingly, until recently, the entire area of the island was divided between 3 people. This is a very strange matter, because as Maria Kozyraki herself admits - the division and transfer of rights to land occupied by local cedar forests was forbidden. Despite this, contracts of sale were made and ownership was transferred to others. An interesting fact is that among the names of the new owners there are also the names of local politicians and officials. The local justice system and the Ministry of Finance, which approved these agreements, will have to answer the question about the legality of such actions.

We keep our fingers crossed for maintaining a responsible policy towards tourism on Chrissi Island, but we realize that it can be very difficult. As Ms. Maria Kozyraki said, due to her attitude, she has to wage a kind of war not only with the local tourist industry, but also with part of the local authorities of the Ierapetra commune, which would like to return to its previous state.

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