Blue flags for Barcelona's beaches
For the second year running, all of Barcelona’s eight beaches have obtained blue flags, which certify that they have clean sand and water, easy access, good signposting and environmental education campaigns.
This certification, which is awarded every summer by the Foundation for Environmental Education Europe (ADEAC-FEEE), demonstrates that the beaches have clean sand and water, easy access, an absence of traffic, appropriate services and signposting and that there are environmental education activities and campaigns.
This summer, for the second year running, all of Barcelona¡s beaches – Sant Sebastià, Sant Miquel, Barceloneta-Somorrostro, Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella and Llevant- will be flying the Blue Flag.
Joan Puigdollers. the Councillor for Environment and Urban Services, praised the work carried out by the beach cleaning services and also that of the Guardia Urbana in policing civic behaviour: “This certificate is thanks to the work carried out by the municipal cleaning services, who, year after year, make sure that Barcelona residents can enjoy these urban beaches”, he said.
Recognition for the Centre de la Platja
In 2014, the Centre de la Platja, located on the arched walkway on Somorrostro beach, has been designated as a Blue Centre for the first time. This means it is in a municipality with beaches and that its objectives include environmental education activities on coastal ecosystems and sustainable development, as well as providing specific information and activities related to the blue flag.