Residents of the island of Skiathos along with the Culture Association of Skiathos are appealing to tourists to “Take a picture, not a pebble” from one of their most beautiful beaches that is being destroyed.
The rounded white pebbles, which locals call “Lalaria” (from the ancient Greek word las meaning stone) can only be found in a specific area on the beach, and can only be accessed by sea.
Visitors to the picturesque Lalaria beach, now encounter a sign that tells that taking pebbles is strictly prohibited. A boat that takes tourists to the location displays the same message.
The campaign by the local Cultural Association in cooperation with the Port Authority of Skiathos has worked hard to introduce a ban on removing the characteristic pebbles and urges tourists to comply. Strict fines ranging from 400 to 1000 euros will be issued for the removal of Lalaria pebbles for noncompliance.