Saturday, 9 August 2008
Award winning beach???
Agious Apostolous Beach hosts children's swimming lessons in the sea every summer. One would assume that it must be kept clean and family oriented. There is even a sign that attests to its award winning status as a beach.
I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say the opposite is true. The sand has been washed away towards the wall, forming a ridge over the fallen branches - they were obviously never cleared away before the summer season started - of a variety of the tamarisk tree, known locally as 'almiriki', which is found all over the island, prospering in sandy areas.
Beach umbrellas and deckchairs (you pay to rent them) line most of the area, which becomes very stony as it stretches out westwards (and changes its name to Kalamaki Beach), so that very few people actually come here any more (this was our favorite haunt last summer). The only parts of the beach which are cleared of washed-up debris (and this year, there has been more than the usual amount) are those where major hotel chains and restaurants are located, which is understandable.
The good thing about this beach, despite the state that it is now in, is that it's close to where I live, and I can enjoy the sea (and take interesting photos) whenever I want.