21 Blue Flags for Vega Baja beaches this summer
Orihuela, Torrevieja, Pilar and Guardamar amass the most in the Valencian Community
Cabo Roig beach
The beaches of the Vega Baja have obtained 21 Blue Flags to fly from June 2017, two more than last year. This makes it the county with the highest number in the Valencian Community.
The Blue Flag is an annual award based on a system to certify environmental quality and facilities that has been given out by the FEE since 1987.
The four municipalities along the coast of the Vega Baja are Guardamar del Segura, Torrevieja, Orihuela and Pilar de la Horadada. Orihuela has become the municipality with the most Blue Flags in the Valencian Community with nine, one more than last year, and equal second in Spain with Vigo in the Basque Country, only behind Sanxenxo which has eleven.
Orihuela Costa has been able to renew its Blue Flags for Punta Prima, Cala Bosque (La Zenia), La Caleta-Cabo Roig (see photo), Aguamarina, Cala Capitán-Cabo Roig, Campoamor, Barranco Rubio and Cala Estaca. And this year it has added Cala Mosca, where environmentalists and residents are battling against plans to build another 1,500 new homes.
Guardamar has retained the three it got last year for Playas de La Roqueta, el Moncayo and Centro.
Torrevieja also got the same five it did in 2016; for Playas de El Cura, Los Náufragos, Cala Piteras, Los Locos and La Mata.
Pilar got an extra one this year for Playa de las Higuericas and was able to renew those for Mil Palmeras, Playa de los Jesuitas and Playa Conde.