Blue flags flying in Adeje

The borough has earned two quality certificates, with flags on El Duque and Torviscas beaches

13 july 2023

Adeje has earned two beach quality certificates with blue flags flying on El Duque and Torviscar beaches. At the raising of the flags were members of the Adeje council, representatives from the beach concessions. Councillors for security, tourism and health, Mercedes Vargas Delgado, Patricia Paulsen and Esther Rivero, were in attendance.

Paulsen detailed that “in 2022 Adeje applied for these two blue flags and we have repeated that petition for this year…the cross-departmental work that goes into maintaining the beaches in prime condition. work from the departments of security, health, and tourism, alongside the work of those who hold the beach concessions, is reflected in the awarding of the flags, and we will continue to work along these lines”.

The flags are granted by the Blue Flag organisation, once they have guaranteed that the beaches meet all the strict criteria, including water quality, environmental educative installations, clear information for users, security of services and the presence of lifeguard or multi-lingual information panels.

The water quality testing must be carried out in accordance with Directiva 91/271/CE, and Adeje council uses a municipal laboratory to carry out regular and frequent testing of the waters along all the beaches of the borough.

The flags are awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education Central to the ideals of the Blue Flag programme is the aim of connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment. As such, environmental education activities must be offered and promoted in addition to a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.

In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.