The Region of Murcia will sport 34 blue flags this year, two more than last year, spread over 27 beaches and seven ports, which have been recognised with this award by the Association for Environmental and Consumer Education (Adeac), promoter of the initiative.
This year the El Pedrucho beach in San Javier, which has regained the award, and the beaches of Banco del Tabal-Calnegre, belonging to two municipalities, San Javier and Cartagena, which, for the first time, presented a joint candidacy, have been added to the list. In this way, the Region is positioned as the second uniprovincial community with more beaches with blue flags, only behind the Balearic Islands, with 30 beaches.
Likewise, Cartagena, together with Badalona, in Barcelona, and Burela, in Lugo, has received one of the three special mentions in environmental education offered by Adeac to ‘Blue Flag’ municipalities for demonstrating outstanding efforts in relation to environmental education services. For its part, the Centro Las Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar also maintains this year’s Blue Centre award.
Award-winning beaches and ports in the Region of Murcia
With regard to the beaches, Águilas remains the municipality with the most blue flags, a total of nine, corresponding to Calarreona, La Carolina, La Casica Verde, La Colonia, La Higuerica, Las Delicias, Levante, Matalentisco and Poniente. It is followed by Mazarrón, with seven: Alamillo, Bahía, Del Mojón, Del Puerto, Grande-Castellar, Nares and Rihuete.
Cartagena has six: Cala Cortina, Isla Plana, La Azohía-El Cuartel, La Chapineta, Levante-Cabo de Palos and San Ginés; while San Javier has two: Ensenada del Esparto and El Pedrucho, as well as the joint candidacy between San Javier and Cartagena, Tabal-Calnegre. San Pedro del Pinatar will have a blue flag on the beach of El Mojón and Lorca on the beach of Calnegre.
As for the ports, this year, blue flags will be flown at the Club Náutico and the Juan Montiel port in Águilas, at the Club de Regatas and the Puerto Deportivo de Mazarrón, at the Real Club de Regatas and the Yatch Port in Cartagena and at Marina Salinas in San Pedro del Pinatar.