Sitges has now received its nine Blue Flags that have been awarded for the water quality and sustainability values of its beaches – and the town has become the Catalan municipality with the most distinctions.
The beaches that have received this recognition are Les Botigues, Garraf, Marina d’Aiguadolç, Balmins, Sant Sebastià, La Ribera, L’Estanyol, La Barra and Terramar. In addition, the marinas of Sitges also have the Blue Flag.
Blue Flags value sustainability, water quality, safety, as well as care and facilities for people with functional diversity, among other considerations. This year, the beaches have also received the Biosphere certification, which recognises environmental management. Sitges Mayor Aurora Carbonell and the local councillor for the beaches, Guillem Escolà, collected the flags at an event in Palamós 10 days ago.
The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised awards for beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
The Blue Flags on the beaches contrast with the lack of ‘chiringuito’ beach bars in most of them, due to the delay in the bidding process called by the local council. The first bars have started to be installed, but most of the beaches will not have them until well into July. ALSO READ: The first new ‘chiringuitos’ are finally being installed on some of Sitges beaches.
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