Sustainability does not have holidays, which is why the cleanliness of Spanish beaches is something that concerns the authorities 365 days a year. In fact, although coasts are most visited during the summer, in order for them to look spotless in July, it is necessary to work on awareness, environmental education and, specifically, on cleaning the beaches throughout the year.
Cleaning the most popular beaches on the Spanish coast
Thanks to organizations like Bandera Azul (Blue Flag) and the work of thousands of volunteers throughout Spain, the beaches look cleaner every day. The environmental and civic education of those who access these leisure and tourism sites is added to the specific task of manual or mechanical cleaning of beaches and ports. It is a short, medium and long-term investment. The fact is that the awareness of the visitors of our coasts contributes to the beaches soon being clean and safe environments, both for you and for the characteristic flora and fauna species.
Some examples of successful interventions
In different places throughout our country the beaches have improved markedly. We reveal that they have become suitable spaces for you to bathe – water quality is permanently assessed – and they guarantee the continuity of the plant and animal life of the coastal ecosystem. Take note of the areas:
Costa Brava (Girona)
The Blue Flag badge, awarded in Spain by the Foundation for Environmental Education, guarantees the cleanliness and environmental quality of the beaches on the Costa Brava. There are already 28 that promote sustainability and good visitor services. They make Girona one of the favourite Mediterranean destinations for local, national and foreign tourists. Visit the Costa Brava soon. You will not regret it.
Here also the cleanliness and safety of the beaches are protagonists; they guarantee a looked-after and favourable environment. This well-being benefits visitors, but also the native animal and plant species of the area. The local authorities are working hard to regain the distinction of Blue Flag beach that it once held.
In Benidorm, the Blue Flag distinction shows that it is a quality place with excellent services. It is also a sign that tourism is a sustainable activity on these beaches, and that the sea, its water and its species are taken care of there.
Costa del Sol (Malaga)
In Málaga, Benalmádena and Torremolinos the beaches are cleaned thanks to the collaboration of non-governmental organizations. Volunteers work hard daily to raise awareness about the care of our coasts, with all that that implies.
Now that you know the daily, hard and serious work of local authorities and green organizations committed to this cause, you will surely visit our beaches with more enthusiasm. Try not to leave negative traces behind in the coastal environment. Go for it!