ATHENS – Greece’s biggest attractions – beaches and islands – are seeing the effects of coastal erosion that could see the waters washing away more of the land area, with worry almost as much as one-third will be affected.
They hadn’t been touched for decades with climate change is accelerating at such a rate that they are at risk, said Euronews.Travel in a feature about how the tourists areas could lose their lure.
Greece has almost 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles) of coastline, the country has spots for swimming that are even isolated as well as some of the world’s most popular beaches whose sands are being covered.
The report noted that scientists estimate that global warming will cause the erosion of 36,097 kilometers (22,430 miles) of sandy areas worldwide by 2052 if temperatures keep rising at the current pace, 10 percent of coastlines.. In 2021, the European Space Agency compared satellite images of the Greek coastline from 1995-2020, finding that almost 10 percent of the 900 kilometers (559 miles) was receding 3 meters (1.87 miles) annually.
At that rate, almost half of those will be gone by the end of the 21st Century,said a study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the report noted.
Greece is especially susceptible and by 2100 the favored spots such as the islands of Mykonos and Santorini won’t look the same, said research by the luxury travel company Unforgettable Greece.
The company has used Photoshop to create stunning before-and-after pictures that show the coastal erosion will change the face of the beaches and islands hardest hit.
The coastline is expected to recede dangerously close to Santorini’s famous whitewashed buildings, as 150 metes (93.2 miles) of coast around the iconic setting of Fira would be swallowed by the sea.
Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia, ranked among the best in the world, might disappear completely over that time and be lost forever, and the Egyptian Lighthouse of Chania in Crete, another iconic symbol of Greece, will also be gone by the end of the century if temperatures continue to rise.
Little Venice on Mykonos might vanish as well, as up to 195 meters (640 feet) of coastal erosion will destroy much of the town by 2100.