Marbella beaches awarded coveted 'Q' for quality status (Sur in English)


Marbella beaches awarded coveted 'Q' for quality status

The status is only given to beaches that meet stringent requirements which assure bathers a high standard of services

The Costa del Sol has long been known for its numerous sun-drenched beaches that attract millions of holidaymakers every year, especially those in Torremolinos and Marbella. Some of the most popular beaches in these two world-renowned tourist resorts have recently been awarded the coveted 'Q' for quality status from the Spanish institute for quality tourism (ICTE).

Marbella received distinctions for its beaches in La Venus, El Faro, Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banús, Cabopino and San Pedro Alcántara, with an extra recognition from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the natural enclave of the Dunas de Artola. The beaches, which already have Blue Flag status, have been recognised by the ICTE for improving bathers' awareness of safety regulations, the environment and health. The beaches have also been made accessible for people with reduced mobility and include specially adapted showers and toilets.


"The beaches were inspected by a team of 40 specialists, each responsible for evaluating different aspects," explained the director general of ICTE, Fernando Fraile.

He went on to say that the status is not only good for the many thousands of tourists that visit each year, but also for the locals, because "the standard and quality of the beaches is good for everyone".

Councillor for Environment and Beaches at Marbella town hall, Manuel Cardeña, also announced that the Puerto Deportivo de Marbella, the oldest of the four marinas in Marbella, hopes to receive the 'Q' for quality in September. If successful, it would become the first in Spain to receive the status.

Source: Sur in English


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