IRISH tourists heading to Benidorm this summer have been warned – after one of the resort’s most popular beaches LOST its blue flag.
Poniente Beach was stripped of its blue flag – which indicates good water quality – after a failed test in June 2021.
Dubbed the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’ and hugely popular with Irish tourists, Benidorm’s beach did not meet the criteria to be awarded a blue flag by the European Foundation for Environmental Education.
The foundation expects Blue Flag beaches to meet and comply with strict environmental, educational and accessibility requirements.
The decision was a major blow to Benidorm’s tourism chiefs as Poniente Beach is the longest urban beach in the famous Spanish resort and is hugely popular with Irish and British tourists alike.
And while Benidorm expects a busy tourism season following the Covid-19 pandemic and the lifting of mask requirements at European airports, the FEE’s decision could have a detrimental impact on Poniente’s popularity.
Benidorm Beach Councilor Monica Gomez made it clear that a formal appeal will be made to the FEE to have the decision overturned.
Gomez claims that the “local nature” of the tests is not indicative of the “quality and excellence of the water and sand at the beach.”
She said: “Municipal laboratory analyzes conducted at the time show that the FEE results obtained from one zone were isolated and unique.”
The councilor also pointed out that the Levante, Mal Pas and Poniente municipal beaches in Alicante have been receiving a Q qualification for water quality for more than ten years and have been in compliance with the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme requirements since 2010.
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Levante and Mal Pas also retained their Blue Flag awards for 2022.
Gomez added that even though Poniente met all other FEE requirements, the fact that a single sample was responsible for the removal of the blue flag made the decision particularly unfair.
Regardless of this setback, Councilman Gomez has assured that improvements and new services have been and are being introduced to the beach every year.
Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers heading abroad this summer are being advised to leave two items at home to save big on their trip.
Travel insurance is a must to ensure a safe and stress-free time abroad.
Holidaymakers have been advised to leave expensive valuables such as laptops and watches at home.
Staysure told express.co.uk: “Leave expensive items at home such as laptops, watches and jewellery.
“Travelling without these items can help lower the cost of your travel insurance and means you have a reduced risk of losing it.”
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