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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 21 GREECE Access to one of Crete’s most stunning beaches to be restricted In a bid to protect the environment and avoid congestion, Greece is set to restrict the number of bathers at Elafonisi Crete is home to some of Greece's most beautiful beaches. But with tourism to the island on the rise, Greece is taking measures to avoid congestion and protect the environment. According to reports, a presidential decree is expected to be issued any day now with restrictions on the number of people permitted to be at Elafonisi beach each day. Located in western Crete, Elafonisi is renowned across the globe for its crystal clear blue waters and light pink sand. But aside from being popular among locals and tourists, it is also home to rare species of animals and birds, whose habitat, which includes dunes, cedar trees, white lilies, and black rocks, needs to be protected. In 2017, the Association of Hoteliers of Chania put forward a proposal for visitors to pay a €10 (AUD$15.94) entry fee to spend the day at the beach, in a move to discourage overcrowding and protect the environment. "The beach is at risk from the uncontrolled flow of people," read the proposal, which was rejected by the local council. Aside from Athens, Crete has been attracting the second largest number of tourists to the country. Harvesting olives. PHOTO: PROTOTHEMA field, cook. "At the core of what we do is the need for unemployed people to regain a sense of purpose, to feel useful again," he says, stressing that this makes a major difference in their lives and helps them cope with the challenges of unemployment. "They learn about solidarity, about giving back, acquiring know-how. We believe that knowledge should be shared, so that we exchange experience and cooperate to create something new," he en- thuses. Not everyone sees this activity favourably. Some of the neighbours around the small abandoned room that they rented to house their activities have been making complaints, mainly because they don't like seeing migrants and refugees working alongside the Greek volunteers. But the main problem the group faces is financial; they are behind in rent and they may have to leave their space and search for another one. None of that seems able to defeat Filippos Polatsidis' optimism about the future of social economy. "We've seen a lot of minor projects come and go – funds are scarce, enthusiasm wears out and the brain drain has driven many energetic young people away. We still need to create synergies, and cooperate to overcome day-to-day problems, for the bigger picture. And we need to get more people engaged." To find out more, search ‘Pervolarides of Thessaloniki’ on Facebook. Turkey to get its own little Santorini Plans have been unveiled for a housing project named after the popular Greek island A proposed new housing project in Turkey has caused a stir after it was revealed that it will be named after a Greek island: Santorini. The Park Life series project, by IZKA Construction, is officially named Park Yaşam Santorini, which translates to Park Life Santorini, and will be located in the town of Izmir overlooking the Aegean, due for completion in 2019. Occupying 21,000 square metres will be 507 apartments and 17 independent houses, said to be inspired by the architecture on the island, as well as playgrounds, pools, and shopping amenities. The plans also feature a windmill in the centre of the park. Critics have pointed out that the mill has more similarities with the landscape of Mykonos or Holland. Turkey is not the first country to take inspiration from the popular island: Thailand also has its own Santorini Park located in Cha-am, in operation since May 2012. Filippos Polatsidis (right) reaps the fruit of the Pervolarides’ crops.
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