Brit holidaymakers forced to apply for permit to visit popular European beach this summer

Visitors can book the passes online, but are warned that the application process closes on 6pm the day before you intend to visit

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Brit holidaymakers are being forced to apply for a permit in order to visit a popular European beach this summer.

Those visiting the Sugiton cove in the Calanques National Park, Marseille, southern France are being urged to get a permit to avoid missing out.

Calanques National Park
Calanques National Park
The national park has marked areas where public are not allowed to enter
The national park has marked areas where public are not allowed to enter

The permits will be required on June 26, July 3 and every day from July 10 until August 21 as local authorities attempt to limit the numbers at the beach in a bid to protect it.

Around 400 passes will be available each day, with one person only allowed to book up to eight times throughout the trial period.

Visitors are able to book permits online, but are being warned that the application process closes at 6pm the day before you intend to visit.

A private security firm are understood to have been hired to make sure only those with passes are allowed access to the beach.

In a statement, the park says: "The cove of Sugiton and Fallen Stones is the victim of a phenomenon of very marked soil erosion due to over-frequentation.

"This phenomenon threatens the landscapes we love so much and biodiversity.

"To protect the creek, the Calanques National Park limits the number of visitors on June 26, July 3, then every day from July 10 to August 21, 2022."

Zacharie Bruyas, from Calanques National Park added: “We’ve marked areas to allow the regeneration of nature where the public is not allowed to enter.

“We have put a reservation system in place, to ensure that the development measures are respected.”