Photos show what it’s like to visit the stunning Italian beach that’s now so overrun with tourists, it’s charging them to visit

La Pelosa on the island of Sardinia.

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La Pelosa on the island of Sardinia.
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Warm weather, calm and clear water turquoise water, and brilliant white sand as soft as flour: it’s really no wonder La Pelosa, located on the Italian island of Sardinia, has consistently been deemed one of the best beaches to visit in the world.

But such breathtaking beauty has come at a price: since it’s easier to get to than ever before, and with more people being inspired to visit the beach due to Instagram photos, it is now overrun with tourists.

To counter the ever-growing influx, CNN reports that officials in the town of Stintino (about two miles away) have decided to start charging visitors to the beach an admission fee. Mayor Antonio Diana has yet to confirm the exact admission fee, but it’s expected to be about €4 ($4.40). As many as 6,000 people visit the beach during the day in the summer months, according to Diana, and that the plan is to cut these numbers to about 1,500 visitors per day.

Here’s what a visit to the famous beach is like.


La Pelosa is located at the northwestern tip of the Italian island of Sardinia.

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La Pelosa is at the northwestern tip of Sardinia.
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To say it is beautiful would be an understatement.

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La Pelosa.
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If the cyan waters aren’t spectacular enough …

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La Pelosa’s waters are spellbinding.
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… There’s also the soft, white sand …

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La Pelosa.
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… Not to mention the lonely tower that looks like it belongs in a fairytale.

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The tower at La Pelosa.
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It’s no surprise the beach has repeatedly been ranked among the best in the world.

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La Pelosa.
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But, this being the 21st century, such beauty means it’s being overrun with tourists.

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Tourists at La Pelosa, on the island of Sardinia
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On some days as many as 6,000 people flock to the beach …

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Flocks of tourists at La Pelosa.
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… But now, officials want to cut numbers down to about 1,500 per day.

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Boats in the water near La Pelosa.
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To do that, they plan on charging admission to the beach.

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La Pelosa.
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As CNN reported, mayor Antonio Diana says the amount hasn’t been decided yet, but could be €4 ($4.40) per person.

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La Pelosa.
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Source: CNN


It remains to be seen what the future of the beach might be, but it’s not the only beach struggling with too many tourists.

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The waters of La Pelosa.
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