The sea on the East side of Mount Athos is much more rough than on the West side, where the waves are smaller and the sea friendlier. On the East side the beaches are filled with old trees and branches, and – off course – all kinds of plastics.
Large waves hit the cost near Iviron – 27/9/2009
It funny to realize that these beaches are more or less unspoiled and that they are in their natural state. I don’t think a monk would even care of cleaning a beach, for what purpose would that be (in the past 1000 years)?