GREECE – Faced with blistering criticism about the cost for a family to use beaches – many of them private – the Greek government is going to put a ceiling on prices of food and drinks sold at state-owned and municipal beaches.
Deputy Development Minister Gerasimos Giakoumatos made the announcement to Ant-1 TV, saying he was concerned about how much it costs for families to go to the beaches as many are unable to afford private beaches, many of them unlawful and which charge people to use public beaches.
He didn’t say why the government hasn’t torn down illegal tavernas and resorts blocking access.
A recent study by consumer group EKPOIZO estimated that the cost of going to a beach for a four-member family ranges from 30 to 60 euros, about $40-$80.
Entrance starts at 4 euros for the Attiki Akti Vouliagmeni beach and reaches 25 euros at the Asteras beach complex. A couple with two children aged between 6 and 12 must fork out 16 euros to visit Attiki Akti and 76 euros for Asteras.
The average cost for a family visiting an organized beach in Attica is 37.60 euros while for two people the average expense is 22.75 euros.