The Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, has participated in the official raising of the Blue Flags and the Q Quality Flags on the beaches of Orihuela.
“This year we have retained the 11 Blue Flags and the 5 Quality Q Flags that we achieved in 2018. These awards raise the prestige of our beaches and speak for themselves. We have to continue taking care of our beaches, promoting tourism and putting Orihuela in the national and international spotlight, “said Mayor Bascuñana.
At the event, which took place at the Playa La Glea in Campoamor, the Mayor was accompanied by Rafael Almagro and Sabina-Goretti Galindo, from the Government team and by local councillors Luisa Boné and Ángel Noguera. The parish head of Campoamor, Raúl Fernández was also present.
Orihuela has once again obtained the eleven Blue Flags on all its beaches and the Nautical Club Dehesa de Campoamor has achieved an additional flags. The beaches are: Punta Prima, Cala Bosque, La Caleta, Cala Capitán, Aguamarina, Campoamor, Rubio Ravine, Cala Estaca, Cala Mosca, Cala Cerrada and Mil Palmeras.
Emilio Bascuñana explained that: “Orihuela is the municipality of the Valencian Community with the largest number of Blue Flags, and the second in Spain, something that demonstrates the clear commitment of our city to the coast. The city heritage and the beautiful beaches makes our municipality most attractive to tourists.”
The Blue Flag is an annual award and a system of environmental quality certification developed by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). It promotes and rewards participation in voluntary environmental initiatives by municipal authorities, the local and visitor population and agents of the tourism sector. The organisation takes into account several criteria including: quality of bathing water, information and environmental education, environmental management and security, services and facilities.
In order for a beach or a marina to achieve a Q Flag it must carry out an audit that analyz¡ses the equipment for public use, the cleaning services and the collection of waste, the safety, rescue and first aid facilities, information services for tourists, access to bathing, hygiene services and leisure establishments.