HOLIDAYMAKERS from the south of France will soon need to apply for a permit in order to visit nearby beaches. Local authorities are struggling to handle high visitor numbers.
The Calanques National Park is a popular tourist attraction that features coves and inlets along the cliffs. It is located near Marseille.
Visitors will have to prove that they have a reservation in order to visit the Sugiton cove, which is the park’s most iconic location, from June 26 to July 3, and every day thereafter, July 10 to August 21.
The cove is a popular destination for tourists in the summer months. People travel from all over the world to view its clear waters.
The permit system is being tested at the cove by local chiefs in an effort to reduce the negative impact of thousands of tourists on the environment.
Each day there will be only 400 passes available. Each person can book 8 times during the summer season.
Private security has been hired to inspect the reservations.
Visitors can book permits online up to three days before their visit. However, they close at 6 p.m. the night before.
The park officials will then review the results of the summer experiment and decide whether to expand it next year.
The booking system isn’t the only measure taken to limit the number of visitors to the area.
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The park authorities had previously placed signs warning of cold water, difficulty access, and crowding in previous years. This encouraged visitors to return in the autumn or winter.
According to the park’s official website, “The coves of Sugiton & Fallen Stones are victims of a phenomenon that very marked soil erosion has been caused by over-frequentation.”
“This phenomenon is threatening the biodiversity and landscapes that we love.”
“To protect the creek, the Calanques National Park limits the number of visitors on June 26, July 3, then every day from July 10 to August 21, 2022.”
Zacharie Bruyas, from the Parc national des Calanques, said: “We’ve marked areas to allow the regeneration of nature where the public is not allowed to enter.
“We have put a reservation system in place, to ensure that the development measures are respected.”
The park authorities have had to deal with many other nature concerns in recent years. There were also potentially dangerous wild boars that were thirsty and descending on the coves.