Authorities Impose Over ₹2L Fine On Tourists Collecting Sand And Stones From These Two Canary Islands

Dive into this intriguing narrative of eco-conscious travel.

by Mallika Khurana
Authorities Impose Over ₹2L Fine On Tourists Collecting Sand And Stones From These Two Canary Islands

Amidst the sun-kissed shores of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, lies a peculiar rule that may surprise even the most seasoned travellers. It’s a tale of souvenirs soured by hefty fines, where the innocent act of collecting sand or rocks from the beach could land you in some serious trouble.  Picture this: You’re strolling along the pristine coastline, the turquoise waves lapping at your feet, and you spot the perfect little rock to take home as a memento of your adventure. Seems harmless, right? Well, not quite. 

Collecting Rocks In The Canary Islands Costs Big!

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These islands have their own guardians of nature, and they’re not afraid to enforce the law. Reports from Birmingham Live via Hindustan Times warn travellers of the potential €3,000 fine lurking behind the innocent act of pocketing a few pebbles. Yes, you heard that correctly. It’s not just a slap on the wrist; it’s a significant dent in your vacation budget.

But why such strict measures? The Canarian Weekly sheds light on the troubling reality that Lanzarote alone loses a ton of natural material each year. Imagine the weight of that ecological toll! Fuerteventura faces similar woes, especially at ‘Popcorn’ Beach, where visitors seem determined to cart off rocks by the kilo, much to the dismay of the delicate ecosystem.

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Lanzarote And Fuerteventura Crack Down On Beach Collectors 

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Now, you might wonder, how do they catch these rogue collectors? It’s a game of cat and mouse at the airports, where authorities keep a keen eye out for contraband sand and stones. Popcorn sand, in particular, is a dead giveaway. Get caught with that, and you could be facing fines ranging from a minor nuisance to a serious dent in your savings.

What is the big deal, though? It turns out, the Canary Islands are feeling the strain of their own popularity. Locals are warning that their cherished paradise is in danger due to the annual influx of tourists. Furthermore, the islands are experiencing heatwaves, unlike anything they have experienced in the past, due to wildfires scorching the landscape and a drought aggravating water shortages.

So, next time you’re tempted to scoop up a handful of sand or a pretty pebble, think twice. Your souvenir might come with a price tag you weren’t expecting, and the Canary Islands’ fragile ecosystem will thank you for leaving nature’s treasures where they belong.

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