Simos beach is NOT FOR SALE, bitches!


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Elafonissos is a small island in the south edge of Peloponese. These are its conjoined, world-acclaimed beaches, Simos and Sarakiniko. You can get an idea why just by looking at these photos… this is like a tropical paradise, but better. These waters here are cool, pristine and deliciously transparent!

The sand is white and pure and a little further up the water there’s vegetation, a rare kind of juniper tree that provides ample shade for those who decide they never wanna leave here (and there are plenty, mind you).

Now, everybody is welcome here. There are thousands that smarm during August just for a swim, hundreds that spend their entire summer under a tree, even yacht owners that jump off for some time under the sun, after their staff have carefully placed a tent, fridge, music, chaises-longues and chef somewhere on the vast stretch of sand. Tasteful? No, but a problem? Not really. Everybody deserves to experience this…

Wouldn’t you want to?

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However, picture a hotel chain built right there on the sand, on top of the trees, in the heart of this NATURA 2000 protected environment. How much of a paradise would it look like then? How would the crystal-clear waters fare after heavy construction?

See, that’s what the great minds around our crisis-stricken country have recently come up with. According to a privatization plan 175 acres of the beaches of Sarakiniko and Simos were included in a future sale plan! Why? For money, of course, as if selling heaven – not to mention a community’s livelihood – has ever been OK!

This beach – along with thirteen other gorgeous crystal clear beaches around the country – is in danger of being sold to the highest bidder or, if the past is any indication, to the better connected one. But what makes Greece a glorious place to visit is exactly the fact that these pieces of heavenly beauty on earth still maintain their purity, their breathtaking natural charm and their true identity.

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In 2009 many Greeks were insulted after a magazine came out with a “Parthenon For Sale” cover. Well, I am more offended now, because even if Parthenon were to be auctioned off, no-one would ever consider destroying it. I think places like Simos Beach in Elafonisi are also part of our global heritage; they are to be treasured and preserved in their natural glory for all generations to come.

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