A CAVE in Javea will be the first beach in the Valencian Community to have its access restricted this summer.

Cova Tallada, in the Montgo National Park, will from June 15 until September 30 be open to just 482 visitors per day.

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Visitor numbers will further be limited to just 71 at any one time in the cave.

Reservations will be made through the Montgo National Park website, confirmed a statement from the Generalitat Valenciana.

Each reservation will also be required 10 days before the intended visit.

The Generalitat statement blamed the increasing pressure of tourism on the ‘environment’ and ‘risk of accidents’ for the unprecedented move.

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Despite involvement by Denia and Javea municipal governments, plans are stalling over who will police the site.

Both town halls have said they cannot send Policia Local to the cave during summer months, according to Spanish press.

The 482 person limit includes 112 visitors by kayak, if the rules can be enforced.

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