Thursday, May 28, 2009

Benidorm's beach loses blue flag

The two most emblematic beaches along the Costa Blanca lose their blue flag status
The blue flag is awarded according to the cleanliness of both water and sand and for the level of facilities available. And while the province of Alicante has 43 beaches fit to qualify for a blue flag, this year two of its most emblematic and most popular beaches (Playa Postiguet in Alicante and Playa Levante in Benidorm) have had their blue flag status withdrawn due the negative results of tests analyzing the quality of the water and sand.

Other beaches that have had their blue flat status withdrawn along the Costa Blanaca areeaches la Albufereta (Alicante), Muchavista (El Campello), Centro (Guardamar) and Les Bovetes (Dénia). The withdrawal of the blue flag status for some of Alicante’s beaches has arrived at the worst possible time in the middle of the economic crisis and at the start of the busiest touristic period of the year.

The news of the loss of the blue flag status for Levante beach in Benidorm, previously considered to have some of the best sand in the world, was a bombshell for Benidorm town hall. Josefa Pérez, who is in charge of its beaches, told Spanish press yesterday that the decision was unfair because, according to her, Benidorm and Barcelona are the only cities in Spain that carry out weekly checks on the quality of their waters and sand. She claimed that the analysis on which the decision to withdraw the blue flag from its main beach was based took place a year ago and that although the analysis had showed some negative results, the town hall had sent a biological report with the results explaining the reasons for this. Pérez said that there had been a lot of rain and the sand had recently been regenerated both of which had caused turbulence in the water when the analysis was carried out.

According to the Ministry of the Environment the Comunidad Valenciana has received 80 blue flags for its beaches and 12 for its marinas.
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posted by Euroresidentes at 12:59 PM



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