Blue Flag Beaches

Ibiza's awarded beaches


Blue Flag

There are well over a dozen blue flag beaches on Ibiza. This much-coveted international award is granted only to those beaches and marinas which have met very stringent criteria laid down by the EC. These same criteria are tightened year-on-year, and so the blue flag is awarded on an annual basis only. During the year, all blue flag beaches are constantly checked and re-checked, and can be taken away at any time should the standards not be met. This ensures that every local council on the island has to constantly maintain and upgrade their facilities, and will continue to have to do so in the future.

The blue flag criteria covers these main areas: water quality, environmental information and management, safety and services.

Water samples must be taken before the season starts and checked at the very least every fortnight. No discharges, whether sewage or industrial, may pollute the area. All blue flag beaches are guaranteed a purity of water that ensures very safe swimming.

Environmentally, all blue flag beaches must be kept clean and pollutant free and all must be signposted with that relevant information. This information needs to contain a code of conduct for each beach, including rules about zoning, animals, fires, litter, vehicles and helpful information such as emergency phone numbers and lifeguard duty rosters.

Safety is taken very seriously on these beaches, and there will zoned areas for swimming, water-skiing and other activities. In order to gain a blue flag, the beach needs the presence of regular lifeguards and a medical centre, either on the beach itself or in the immediate vicinity.

Other services required are a supply of fresh drinking water, toilet facilities, safe access and a map of the beach, among other things. In areas of outstanding natural beauty or wildlife sanctuaries, these should also be mapped and displayed prominently. There may also be activities designed to highlight the importance of environmental management.

You can help your blue flag beach retain its status in a number of simple ways. Firstly, try using public transport or leg-power to reach your destination. Follow the code of conduct. Use litterbins provided or take your litter home with you. If you're a smoker, invest in a beach ashtray (available at any tobacconist) rather than stubbing your cigarettes out in the sand. Enjoy the beach, of course, just treat it and the surrounding area with a modicum of respect.

2010 Blue flag beaches

Cala Bassa
Cala Comte
Cala D'Hort
Es Migjorn
Cala Vadella
Sant Anotnio dePortany
Cala San Vicente
Arenal Portinatx
Puerto De San Miguel
Cala Llenya
Cala Llonga
Es Canar
Santa Eulalia
Es Figuerel

For the 2008-2009 season, the following beaches on Ibiza claimed blue flag status:

Cala Bassa
Cala Conte
Cala d’Hort
Cala des Moro
Cala Gracio
Cala Llenya
Cala Llonga
Cala San Vicente
Cala Tarida
Cala Vedella
Es Cana
Es Figueral
Es Puet
Puerto San Miguel
Santa Eulalia
San Josep

More are expected to join this coming season as competition for this award hots up. Suffice it to say, if safety is top of your agenda, as it is with most families, then finding a blue flag beach on Ibiza is easy. Have a great day out, and remember to do your bit to help us keep them that way.






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