Costa blanca Beaches
The blue flag is an annual award and an environmental quality certification system developed by FEE (Foundation Forum Environmental Education, represented in Spain by the ADEAC), which since 1987 has promoted and tightened participation in voluntary environmental initiatives by municipal authorities, The local and visiting population and the agents of the tourist sector. The following criteria are grouped into four areas: bathing water quality, environmental information and education, environmental and safety management, services and facilities. Costa blanca Beaches
The Valencian Community heads the number of distinctions of Blue Flag throughout the country with the premiere of Cala Mosca in and the recovery of recognition for La Higuerica de Pilar de la Horadada – Orihuela takes up to nine awards, more than anyone and Vega Baja adds 21 flags
The Comunitat Valenciana has obtained the largest number of blue flags in the sum of beaches and marinas throughout Spain in 2017. This figure means that one out of every five blue flags awarded to our country will wow this summer in our autonomous community. Among the novelties are the beaches of the Estanyol in Moncòfar and the beach of Cala Mosca to Orihuela, valuing both its quality and the adequacy of its accesses and facilities. Cala Mosca has the last virgin kilometer of construction of the coast of Orihuela Costa which has mobilized the neighbors to remain so. Orihuela, in addition, is the most awarded Valencian municipality, with nine distinctions to Costa blanca Beaches : Punta Prima, Cala Bosque (La Zenia), La Caleta-Cabo Roig, Aguamarina, Cala Capitan-Cabo Roig, Campoamor, Barranco Rubio, Cala Estaca and Cala Mosca .
In Torrevieja has been distinguished the beaches of El Cura, Los Náufragos, Cala Piteras, Los Locos and La Mata (South): in Guardamar del Segura to the Roqueta, Center and El Moncaio and, finally, in Pilar de la Horadada a Thousand Palmeras, Jesuits, Count and Higuericas. In total, Vega Baja takes 21 of the 78 that have fallen to the province of Alicante.
The Association of Environmental and Consumer Education (ADEAC), responsible for awarding these distinctions in Spain, has awarded in the Region of Valencia a total of 144 blue flags on beaches and marinas. It has been 129 beaches of the Valencian coast that have won this award, four more than last year, which makes it the autonomous community with more blue flags of Spain, followed by Galicia, Catalonia, Andalusia, Balears, Canaries and Murcia.
The Councilor for Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, Elena Cebrián, has very positively valued this data and especially the effort that the municipal corporations, as well as the sports ports and the Generalitat itself do to care and do more every year. Attractive beaches and sports facilities and their surroundings.
Cebrián has personally congratulated the municipalities that have obtained blue flags encouraging them “to continue being a benchmark for good management, quality and excellence of our beaches and marinas.” The palmarés becomes especially relevant as each edition is more demanding the criteria of granting blue flags and is already working on the development of new criteria to achieve the blue flag. In addition, a total of four beaches have recovered the blue flag they had lost in 2016. These are the beaches of Daimús and Miramar, the beach of Cala de Moraig in Pueblo Nuevo de Benitatxell and the beach of Higuericas in Pilar de The Horadada.
The beaches that lose blue flag in this edition are those of Pinedo in València and the beach of Les Rotes in Dénia. As far as marinas are concerned, the Valencian Community has obtained 15 blue flags, one more than in 2016 and corresponding to Marina de las Dunas in Guardamar del Segura. It is important to note that 100% of the marinas that have presented themselves as candidates in this edition have won the award.
By provinces, Alicante with 78 blue flags (64 on Costa blanca Beaches and 14 in marinas) becomes the most awarded Spanish province, Castellón has obtained a total of 35 blue flags (34 on beaches and one in marinas) and Valencia has been awarded 34 blue flags on beaches.
It has also been granted new thematic distinctions in Rescue and Rescue to the municipality of Gandía and New Blue Flag Centers to the Environmental Education Centers ‘Los Carabineros’ Alfàs del Pi and ‘Benacantil’ Alicante. Finally, the Blue Trail Network is included in Xilxes and the Family Tourism in Vaca, in Xeraco. In total, in the Valencian Community we have a total of 17 blue paths.