Status: 04.12.2023, 09:25 a.m.
By: Andreas Knobloch
Going on holiday has a lot to do with freedom. Drink, eat, lie down as much and as long as you want. But it doesn't quite work that way either.
Pula - Many Germans take what they want on holiday far too seriously. Even the tourist resorts have their rules and laws that must be adhered to. Not everyone can give free rein to their emotions as they please. Basic respect for locals often falls on holidaymakers' feet. For example, a seaside resort on the Adriatic Sea in Italy has imposed a topless ban on both sexes - not only on the beach.
Nudism and alcohol banned on the beach of Pula in the future - but opponents sharply criticize
Two specific measures in the Croatian city of Pula have now also been hotly debated at the political level. But in the city council, the resolution to punish nudist swimmers as well as consumers of strong alcohol on beaches passed 11-7 - with two abstentions. It is not only recently that Croatia has enjoyed great popularity as a destination for excursions. Even though prices have skyrocketed in recent years - as evidenced by a Cevapcici bill or the 0.33 price of beer - more and more tourists are heading to the Croatian Adriatic.
In Pula, fines of 600 to 1300 euros can now be imposed, as the party Mozemo! Pula" on her own Instagram page. Above all, the ban on nudism and the restriction of alcohol is incomprehensible to the left-green party. The Croatian portal morski.hr cites the debate that caused quite a stir after the decision.
"It was not explained at all": Opponents of decision at Croatian tourist hotspot enraged
Dušica Radojčić from "Mozemo! Pula" said: "It was not explained at all why some provisions were made. I ask what practical problem led to the prohibition of nudism, because the law does not prohibit it." As a possible reason, the party sees that "nudism should be classified as morally unacceptable". The drinking of harder alcohol is also to be banned in Pula. "Beer and wine are allowed on the beach, but not gin and tonic. So you can drink gin and tonic at a beach bar, but not outside of it?"
The Social Democrat of the SDP, Igor Belas, contradicted Radojčić. He felt that the decision should only define the general use and should be the introduction of order rather than any prohibition. "Nobody is against topless, but against nudism. This is frowned upon on many beaches, as they are located between two public beaches," Belas continues, and he also formulates a reason against gin and tonic: "They know what gin and tonic or vodka leads to when the party starts, and they know where it ends." Vito Paoletić of the independent list also agreed with Belas.
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"Impossible to implement": New beach rules in Pula can hardly be controlled
Davor Vukovic, Radojčić's party colleague, added that these bans will not work: "With so many beaches in Pula, it's impossible to control. The decision is not a step forward in civilisation, but a step backwards. A decision without common sense and not feasible in practice." IDS politicians (Istrian Democratic Assembly) also emphasize the "tradition" of nudist bathing and cannot understand the measure. A report in the summer showed how sharply prices have risen in Croatia - now you can also meet unsuspecting tourists in Pula. (ank)