On Friday June 17th the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez and the director general of the regional department of health, Ricardo Redondas, along with the representatives of those in charge of the borough’s beaches, raised blue flags over the beaches of Troya I and II, Fañabe, El Duque and Torviscas.
In fact Adeje is the borough with the most blue flags in the provincial region of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in the Canarias only San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Las Palmas) and Tías (Lanzarote) also have five flags.
The Adeje mayor said, “The Costa Adeje beaches are a fundamental part of our tourism offer, which is a leader in the trade, and known for its excellence, just some of the reasons we take so much care of our natural spaces – and there are many here in Adeje”. The mayor also reiterated that “this is a job of work of all those working for and in tourism and in the care of our destination. The beaches are spaces used by tourists and residents and it is a mark of their quality that we have received these blue flags, and I want this to encourage us to continue to advance and guarantee a future for what is our economic motor, tourism, with excellent professionals, businesses committed to the industry, and a destination that continues to grow to meet the needs of 21st century tourism”.
For his part the director general of the regional department of health, Ricardo Redondas,indicated that “the beaches are spaces of leisure, of shared conviviality, and earning a Blue Flag reinforces the merits of these public spaces which are there to be enjoyed equally by our residents and visitors”. He also stated that, in conjunction with the national blue flag organisation, they were looking at initiating a new award,“Playas Saludables” (Healthy Beaches) and said the mayor of Adeje was also supporting the idea with the hope that next year “if we continue to work along these lines we could be adding a new element to the Costa Adeje blue flags.”
The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Flags are awarded to beaches and marines that meet high standards in areas such as hygienic conditions, water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management. Beaches and marines are inspected by independent inspectors and flags are awarded or withdrawn annually. The flags are a mark of quality and recognise the effort in tourist destinations which work to defend sustainable development.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. In Spain almost 600 beaches and marines have won the right to fly the flag, a number which places the country in the top bracket.
Adeje has a long history of quality beach recognition. Troya I and II have received 19 blue flags over the years, Fañabe has flown 13, the El Duque beach 6 and Torviscas was awarded a blue flag for the first time last year. Adeje’s beaches are also adapted to those with special needs, and have lifeguard service and defibrillators on hand for emergency sitautions.