Torrevieja Councillor Francisco Moreno expressed his happiness that the beaches of La Mata, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Náufragos and Cala Piteras have retained their important Blue Flag awards from the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
He also congratulated the Real Club Náutico (Royal Sailing Club) and Marina Internacional for also renewing their Blue Flags.
This international award recognises compliance with standards measuring accessibility, water quality, environmental conditions, services and respect for legislation.
In the Valencian Community in 2015, a total of 134 Blue Flags have been awarded to 120 beaches and 14 ports, one less than last year, making the region the second most decorated in the country after Galicia, which received 150 but the water is a lot colder there! By provinces, Castellón got 32 flags (31 beaches and 1 port), Valencia got 59 (all beaches), and Alicante got 43 (30 for beaches and 13 for ports).
Moreno hailed the great effort of the Town Hall to keep the beaches clean and maintained 365 days a year. He added that this shows the quality of the swimming areas and not just for the water, but also all the other factors that are taken into consideration which make thousands of people from all over the world choose to come here.
The criteria for awarding the Blue Flag get more demanding every year and include having emergency plans, ramps for disabled access, public toilets and excellent maintenance and services.