FOR the second year in row, Orihuela Costa has been awarded 11 Blue Flag awards for its beaches.
The flags are considered to be the highest benchmark for meeting water quality standards, beach cleanliness, public information systems and lifeguard rescue services. Local authorities were also recognised for the improved accessibility for users with disabilities.
And with a welcome return after an absence of 10 years, the tiny island of Tabarca also received the accolade.
Luisa Boné of Orihiuela Town Hall, said when referring to the “full house” of 11 awards, “This shows the seriousness and willingness to fulfil our obligations since we took over the Municipal Department of Beaches in 2017. It is necessary to thank the whole team, who enabled Orihuela to be a point of reference both at national and international level.
“Orihuela ranks second in the ranking of cities with the most Blue Flags in Spain, and our city is an international reference point for outstanding quality and performance standards, both in terms of environmental conditions and services provided.”
She went on to praise the staff of the combined local authorities, whose “great efforts” were made to promote the beaches.