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The quality of Murcia’s beaches and marinas has once again been recognised internationally with a total of 34 annual Blue Flags awarded to the region in the lead up to summer.
Operated by the Copenhagen-headquartered Foundation for Environmental Education, the Blue Flag program covers beaches, marinas and sustainable tourism boats, all of which are required to adhere to and maintain a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria.
According to the foundation, central to its ideals is “the aim of connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment”. To that end, environmental education activities must be offered and promoted in addition to a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.
This year Murcia’s 34 Blue Flags (the same total as in 2022) include 28 for the region’s popular Costa Cálida beaches and six for its marinas. There are three new beach additions – El Portús in Cartagena, and Las Salinas and Torre Derribada in San Pedro del Pinatar – while El Mojón in Mazarrón returns to the list.
The area with the most flags for its beaches (nine) is Águilas: Calarreona, La Carolina, La Casica Verde, La Colonia, La Higuerica, Las Delicias, Levante, Matalentisco and Poniente.
Cartagena has seven award-winning beaches: Cala Cortina, Isla Plana, La Azohía-El Cuartel, Levante-Cabo de Palos, San Ginés and La Chapineta, plus El Portús. The next highest number is in the Mazarrón area: Rihuete, Bahía, Nares, Grande-Castellar and El Mojón.
In addition to the aforementioned Torre Derribada and Las Salinas, San Pedro del Pinatar retains the Blue Flag for its own El Mojón beach, and the “Blue Centre” distinction for its Las Salinas educational centre.
The Calnegre cove in Lorca is honoured, and San Javier maintains its flags for La Ensenada del Esparto and El Pedrucho, and shares the award with Cartagena for Banco del Tabal-Calnegre.
The six regional marinas awarded Blue Flags are: Club Náutico de Águilas, Club de Regatas de Mazarrón, Marina Salinas (San Pedro del Pinatar), Real Club de Regatas de Cartagena, Yacht Port Cartagena and Juan Montiel leisure port in Águilas.
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