Torrevieja’s Blue Flags
By Keith Nicol
BLUE FLAGS continue to be added along the Southern Costa Blanca coastline with the region’s second largest costal city, Torrevieja, proudly raising theirs for the summer. Each of the beaches and bathing areas of Torrevieja now fly the Blue ‘Q’ for quality flags, attesting to the quality of its services ahead of the season.
Councillor for Beaches, Javier Manzanares, was delighted to perform the symbolic gesture of flag raising as he hoisted the Blue flag as has been done in recent years in the Cala Piteras. Councillor Javier Manzanares, pledged to “continue to increase the quality of beaches and bathing places along the coast and to achieve a greater number of distinctions for next year, because everything can be improved.” Manzanares also referred to the fact that the council are presently studying the opportunities to develop pet friendly beach areas, where dogs can be walked, noting the possibility that it can be located on the beach of La Mata, in the area near the old salt pier. He added “To do this, we will work towards achieving the required permit from the Department of the Costas, as we have a commitment to the people who own pets, through the departments of Health and Beaches.”
Besides Cala Piteras, Blue Flags from the Calidad Turística Española are also flying over Los Náufragos, El Cura and Cabo Cervera La Mata among the 230 beaches that have been selected along the entire Spanish coast. Unlike other distinctive flags, the ‘Q’ not only guarantees the quality of water and sand, but the management, cleaning, safety, security, life guards and customer service. This Blue Flag distinction was also renewed the Real Club Nautico of Torrevieja and the main tourist information office of the old Miramar Restaurant on Paseo Vista Alegre. At the same time, flags were also hoisted that certify environmental management and quality.