31 Aug, 2019 @ 13:10
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Valencian Community’s first restricted beach facing unauthorised visitors leaving rubbish and even defecating inside

VISITOR restrictions to an ecologically-sensitive cave on the Costa Blanca have not stopped un-authorised tourists from entering and even defecating in its interior.

The Cova Tallada, between Javea and Denia in the marine reserve of cabo de Sant Antoni, was the first beach in the Valencian Community to restrict access due to tourism pressure.

PACKED: Cova Tallada was the first beach in the Valencian Community to restrict access to visitors

But local reports suggest rule-breakers are sneaking past guards by arriving before 9am – when security officials start work – and then staying throughout the day.

Visitors are supposed to pre-register through 10 days before their trip to make trip sure numbers do not exceed 482 in any one day.

SOILED TREASURE: Human faeces was found in a container for collecting filtered water dripping down from the ceiling

But not only have studies detailed the ecological fragility of the cave towards human pressure above this number, but the unauthorised entrants have been spotted leaving rubbish in the cave.

In one picture a water collection tank, designed to gather filtered H20 filtering from the ceiling, was even soiled with human faeces. 

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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