Tourists will no longer be able to visit the Calanques region in southern France without booking the tour, as limitations on visitor numbers have been introduced to the area to protect the region’s fragile ecosystem.
Specifically, the two popular coves on the coast between Marseille and Cassis, which feature ancient rock formations with steep cliffs, exceptional views, rare marine wildlife and protected swimming, will only be open to 400 people compared to to the usual daily summer visitors. which reached 2,500.
This happened on Sunday and should apply again the following Sunday and then between July 10 and August 21, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The attraction is accessible by boat and hiking trails, and due to the limestone formations having little or no topsoil, plants have grown between the cracks in the rocks, making their footprint susceptible to disturbance.
“The creeks of Sugiton and Pierres Tombées have been victims of very strong soil erosion due to overpopulation. This phenomenon threatens the landscapes we love so much and biodiversity,” Calanques National Park said in a statement.
As Nicolas Chardin, director of the national park, explained to AFP, the new measure will allow the natural regeneration of the cove.
However, the spot will be open to tourists who wish to book the tour online, as online reservations are free. Nevertheless, a tax of €68 will apply to those found on beaches without a pass.
While some visitors don’t like the new measure, several residents have welcomed the new measure, saying they can finally “go swimming”.
France is just one of the tourist destinations to introduce restrictive measures on their attractions this year, while Barcelona in Spain recently announced limitations on visitor numbers in a bid to curb mass tourism.
Specifically, the tour guides will consist of 15 people instead of 30 when visiting the Ciutat Vella, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. In addition, tour operators have been told to encourage tourists to book their tours before visiting, and they are also required to opt for headsets and earpieces instead of megaphones as the country attempts to maintain silence in areas. residential.
Other parts of Spain, such as Playa de Palma, have also introduced restrictions for tourists during the summer season, with this spot launching a dress code for bars and restaurants, prohibiting visitors from entering these facilities with bathing suits. bathing suits, football kits, umbrella hats or gold chains.