Isola dei Conigli

Isola dei Conigli, Porto Cesareo: Address, Isola dei Conigli Reviews: 3/5

Isola dei Conigli
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Brun066
By Brun066
Beautiful wildlife gift, scarred by deplorable private and public behavior
Mar 2016
We visited the island on a windy and cloudy day in March, sailing from San Cesareo village deserted of tourists, despite the upcoming Easter. In fact, one wonders why a tourist (outside the bathing season, when people sadly accept anything just to swim in the sea) should head to this town and to this island. The island would be beautiful, a true gift of nature: fine white sand and rocks, clear sea, lush vegetation partly spontaneous, partly derived from reforestation, even some funny rabbits snooping through the vegetation. But the man is the worst harm. We saw rubbish everywhere, although there is evidence of cleanup actions done regularly by groups of volunteers. It easy about it to blame the tourists who land on the island and leave their waste. But, as I said, on March tourists are scarce or completely lacking. In fact, judging from the nature of most of the waste, in the winter season those responsible for the degradation are others. And these are in my view especially the local fishermen. Porto Cesareo is indeed a big fishing port: there are many more fishmongers here than in a big city like Lecce. And apparently they don't have respect for the sea from which they draw their livelihood. In fact, among the waste present on the island (clearly thrown into the sea, then taken by the waves on the beaches) both polystyrene boxes, and empty bottles of detergent prevail. It's well known the tourists don't bring with them polystyrene or detergent: these are the fishermens' working tools. There is therefore a bad behavior of the locals, and is completely lacking an educational activity by the institutions (Municipality, Forestry service...). This neglect of local resources should make sad and angry. For my part I will not come back on the island (and in Porto Cesareo itself) until I have no evidence of a radical change in the situation.

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Brun066
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Beautiful wildlife gift, scarred by deplorable private and public behavior
Mar 2016 • Couples
We visited the island on a windy and cloudy day in March, sailing from San Cesareo village deserted of tourists, despite the upcoming Easter.
In fact, one wonders why a tourist (outside the bathing season, when people sadly accept anything just to swim in the sea) should head to this town and to this island.
The island would be beautiful, a true gift of nature: fine white sand and rocks, clear sea, lush vegetation partly spontaneous, partly derived from reforestation, even some funny rabbits snooping through the vegetation. But the man is the worst harm. We saw rubbish everywhere, although there is evidence of cleanup actions done regularly by groups of volunteers.
It easy about it to blame the tourists who land on the island and leave their waste. But, as I said, on March tourists are scarce or completely lacking.
In fact, judging from the nature of most of the waste, in the winter season those responsible for the degradation are others.
And these are in my view especially the local fishermen. Porto Cesareo is indeed a big fishing port: there are many more fishmongers here than in a big city like Lecce. And apparently they don't have respect for the sea from which they draw their livelihood.
In fact, among the waste present on the island (clearly thrown into the sea, then taken by the waves on the beaches) both polystyrene boxes, and empty bottles of detergent prevail. It's well known the tourists don't bring with them polystyrene or detergent: these are the fishermens' working tools.
There is therefore a bad behavior of the locals, and is completely lacking an educational activity by the institutions (Municipality, Forestry service...).
This neglect of local resources should make sad and angry.
For my part I will not come back on the island (and in Porto Cesareo itself) until I have no evidence of a radical change in the situation.
Written 24 March 2016
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