For the first time in history, Benalmadena has received four awards for the quality of its beaches; it is now the municipality with the most Blue Flags on the Costa del Sol!
For those of you who may be unaware of what this means, the Blue Flag is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It is voluntary eco-label which is awarded to over 3450 beaches and marinas in 41 countries around the world.
The award of a Blue Flag beach is based on compliance with 32 strict criteria covering the following aspects:
- Environmental Education and Information
- Water Quality
- Environmental Management
- Safety and Services
For a full list of the criteria, you can visit the Blue Flag website.
When a beach is awarded a Blue Flag, it’s important to note that this is only valid for one season at a time; if some of the imperative criteria are not fulfilled during the season or the conditions change, the Blue Flag gets withdrawn.
The benefits for Benalmadena in receiving these Blue Flags are several, but perhaps the most important is the benefit to tourism; these flags help recognise the excellence of the beaches in Benalmadena – and the hard work of the municipal teams in charge of their maintenance. The town lives off tourism and most visitors come in search of sun and beach; the town hall has realised the importance of its beaches to attract holiday makers and has therefore invested heavily in improving services, installations, accessibility and general cleanliness; the result is evident…4 blue flags!
Guests who stay at Sunset Beach Club will be happy to know that one of the beaches awarded with a Blue Flag in the Torrevigía Beach located just minutes to the west of Sunset Beach Club (It’s actually the beach where our Luna Beach Club is located J). The three other beaches which will be flying the Blue flag this summer are the following:
Playa de Fuente de la Salud and Playa Malapesquera (both near the Marina) and Playa Carvajal (located on the way to Fuengirola).
So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy a great day on one of Benalmadena’s top beaches… Just look out for the distinctive blue flag swaying in the wind!