In August, Torrevieja’s excellent beaches receive the nickname of Playas de Madrid, as the population of the city rises to more than 600,000 over the middle weekend of the month. Quite rightly, the department of beaches and tourism work very hard to ensure that the facilities and cleanliness of all of the city’s beaches exceed the standards necessary for the ubiquitous Blue Flags and this year, Torrevieja’s beaches have received no less than 26 banners attesting to the quality of its beaches: 6 ISO-9001 Quality, ISO-14001 6 Environmental Management by the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR), 2 flags of Ecoplayas, 3 blue flags, 3 Q for Tourism Quality by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, and 6 Qualitur of the Generalitat Valenciana.
All Torrevieja’s beaches and swimming zones also have Lifeguards and Red Cross personnel on hand to oversee the beaches, especially the safety and care of those bathing. La Mata beach, being the longest and most popular in the city, received the most flags, due to the amount of facilities on offer. With the new Plaza in the Town Square about to open, the hamlet is one of the most popular destinations for residents and tourists.
For those who maybe do not like the feel of sand between their toes, in August two new outdoor pools located next to the Palacio Municipal de Deportes Infanta Cristina, will officially open. Constructed for a budget of €400,000 the two pools consist of one Junior Olympic size that will be fully certified for official competitions in swimming and water polo, plus offering courses in swimming, while the other will be dedicated to “splash and fu” with numerous kinds of activities such as Aquarobics and the like. Offering plenty of parking, changing facilities and a café in the main sports centre, the zone is destined to become a major warm weather recreation and leisure area with bathing areas equipped primarily for not just younger, learner swimmers, but also for older people.
These facilities, will be open to all citizens of Torrevieja and tourists wishing to enjoy, although the price of entry has not yet been made public. However, local politics has always driven the prices so that they are slightly more affordable to those registered in the locality. These two pools have taken advantage of the wide space occupied before by an artificial lake and ornamental area at the entrance of the Palacio de los Deportes and complete the maritime inspiration of the sports complex design.
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