Five blue flags flying over Costa Adeje

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Costa Adeje’s blue…

 

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Adeje is one of the leaders in the Canary Islands in the blue flag league

The five Adeje blue flag beaches have retained the right to fly their blue flags: Troya I and II, Fañabe, el Duque and Torviscas. This is the third year in a row that the five can fly the flags, are a mark of beach quality, safety, and security awarded by the Association for Environmental Education and Consumers (AEAC) and the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).

The results of this year’s blue flag destinations were published yesterday by the international non-governmental organisation that investigates the state of beaches and marinas all over the world annually to assess the quality of installations, the water, safety, etc. Spain will fly 600 blue flags this year, 45 of them in the Canary Islands, 15 in Tenerife. Along with Adeje, San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Tías are the other two boroughs with five beaches winning the right to hoist the flag.

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“This is very satisfying, not just because winning this distinction guarantees the quality of our beaches to the millions that visit annually to enjoy their holidays, but also as it reflects the extensive work that is done all year around on the part of our borough teams who work to care for our beaches as well as the residents who also look after their environment and beaches”, said Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

The mayor added that he was confident that “bit by bit the rest of our coast would be also be given the right to fly these flags because this would reflect the reality that the good work done along these five beaches is also being extended to all of the other beaches in the borough where quality and excellence go hand in hand”.

To obtain a flag the beaches must pass a series of technical inspections undertaken by independent specialists who test a number of aspects such as quality of bathing water, environmental information available to the public, integrated development of the facility, security measures in place for bathers, accessibility, etc.

Adeje is a borough that is linked to quality. One example of this is that the Troya I and II beaches have received 19 blue flags over the years, and are an integral part of the borough’s tourist identity.

Regarding beach services the mayor said “the management of the services is suitable to the beaches in question and is controlled by a company who have created jobs as well as meeting all the quality requirements which are laid down by the council”.

The Blue Flag campaign is recognised in almost 50 countries in four continents, including most of the countries of the EU.

Blue flags in Adeje


This morning a number of Adeje beaches raised Blue Flags, awarded for the 2013-2014 season under the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) banner.
Adeje tourism councillo Rafael Dolado and deputy mayor Gonzalo Delgado Díaz were in Fañabe for the official unfurling, and flags were also hoisted in El Duque and Troya I and II beaches.
Both councillors said there were hopeful that next year the borough would be able to add even more blue flags to the local tally, mentioning Ajabo beach in Callao Salvaje as a likely candidate, as well as Torviscas. They said that the blue flags were a symbol of quality and essential for a tourist destination such as Costa Adeje, and acted as a stimulus for the local economy as well as a reaffirmation for local communities of the need to keep our beaches clean and well maintained, meeting essential criteria such as water quality, security, accessibility and environmental standards.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,850 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.