Earning its environmental stripes

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THE COSTA DEL SOL’S beaches have benefitted from a series of blue flags in Torre del Mar and Benajarafe.

Jesus Perez Atencia, Torre del Mar’s Councillor for beaches, joined Maria Jose Roberto, Deputy Mayor of Benajarafe in hoisting the flags, which were awarded by the Environmental Education Association (ADEAC) and demonstrate the quality of their cleanliness and environmental controls.

The emblems, certifying the quality and safety of beaches, are awarded when an area complies when hygiene, sanitary and environmental legislation, as well as ensuring the safety of its users.

Mr Perez Atencia, said in Torre del Mar “we have made a great effort over the last two years across 3.2 kilometres of coastline from the Cafe del Mar to Rio Seco to regain our flags, and most importantly, without having to remove the coastal path.”

Maria Jose Roberto, explained she was pleased, “Benajarafe’s beaches offer high quality facilities and a great day out for our visitors. It makes me proud to see them waving the blue flag for another year.” Mr Perez Atencia added, “we can say that more than 6 kilometres of our beaches have this distinction, covering 3149 metres of Benajarafe’s beaches, including in Las Parras, Paseo Maritimo, Cuartel and Laureles, and Torre del Mar’s 3228 metre beach.”

In recent years the quality certifications available for beaches have tripled from 11 in 2015 to 35 in 2016. Among them, in addition to the Blue Flag, are the Quality Q, SICTED, Ecoplayas, Accessibility Universal, ISO 14.001 Environmental Certification or UNE 9001 Management Delegation of Beaches.

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