Sardinia to tourists: ‘Don’t steal our sand’

Thursday, 29 Jun, 2022 0

Tourists keen to take home beach souvenirs from the Italian island of Sardinia are in for a nasty shock.

Police say they seized more than 19 tons of sand, shells and pebbles from tourists in a recent crackdown.

They say the offshore island of Budelli’s Pink Beach is the top choice for sand looters.

According to local regulations, anyone caught trying to smuggle pebbles and seashells out of Sardinia could be fined from €500 to €3,000.

Guardia di Finanza police officials said numerous foreign tourists were recently caught and face fines.

It first became illegal to remove sand, shells and pebbles from Sardinia’s beaches in 2017.

Some Sardinia: beaches imposed new rules this year to combat overtourism with capacity limits, including Pink Beach

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