Hoteliers in the prefecture of Chania, Crete, are proposing a 10 euro entry fee for the world-renowned beaches of Balos and Elafonisi.
The proposal which has been sent to the relevant local authorities in charge of the beaches says that the imposition of a fee is necessary for the protection of the environment.
“These beaches are at risk from the uncontrolled flow of people,” the proposal by the Association of Hoteliers of Chania says.
It adds that the 10 euro ticket would discourage overcrowding and improve the experience for those who would be prepared to pay.
The proposals envisage a 12-hour ticket office operating at the perimeters of the two beaches, as well as a complete ban to caravans and free camping.
“It is our responsibility to protect these areas as they are a center of attraction for thousands of visitors and can be a reference point for the tourist development of all Crete,” the hoteliers say.
Correspondents say that it is a radical proposal that would perhaps anger the local population which is enjoying beaches of extraordinary beauty free of charge.