Albufeira is one of the main tourist destinations in the Algarve, with the beaches being a landmark of the municipality. This year the city leads the country again with 26 blue flags.
It was with great enthusiasm that the Municipality of Albufeira received for the fifth consecutive year the distinction with a Blue Flag along its coast, continuing to be the municipality with most distinctions in Portugal.
According to the Mayor, José Carlos Rolo, this “is the recognition of a great and rigorous work that we have throughout the year. It is work that is only visible to everyone with these results. This is the proof that Albufeira is an unparalleled tourist destination in the country and it is for this environmental quality, for our educational concern and for the high quality of our hotels, restaurants, bars and other establishments, that we are the tourism capital of Portugal. ”. That this data can only result “in greater motivation, in the face of the discouragement that the pandemic has brought us. However, the locals are equally excellent workers, committed and respectful and I do not doubt that the rules for protecting the health of all will be adopted very quickly and that this summer will not fail to be positive, in spite of being atypical, of being a summer under the threat of Covid-19 ”.
The Mayor says he is confident, despite all the constraints imposed on beaches, public and private spaces, “because the people of Albufeira have always been willing to let their arms down in difficult situations”.
The flags will be placed on the Alemães beach, Arrifes, Aveiros, Barranco das Belharucas, Castelo, Coelha, Evaristo, Falésia/Açoteias, Falésia/Alfamar, Galé Leste, Galé Oeste, Inatel, Manuel Lourenço, Maria Luísa, Olhos d`Água, Oura, Oura-Leste, Peneco, Pescadores, Rocha Baixinha, Rocha Baixinha Nascente, Rocha Baixinha Poente, S. Rafael, Salgados, Santa Eulália e na Marina.
This year, the theme of environmental education is “Back to the Sea with an attitude of change” and, according to the Associação da Bandeira Azul, “considering the context in which we live, we cannot go to the beach in the same way; the seaside remains undoubtedly a place of well-being, but now it implies restrictions, safety distances and increased measures for individual protection. ”
For this reason, the Environmental Education teams of the Municipality and the Municipal Civil Protection Service will be daily on the beaches with awareness actions.
“A beach with the Blue Flag means, among other things, that it has good water quality, that it is clean and equipped with rubbish bins and toilets in good hygienic conditions, that has good accessibility and where there are lifeguards (from Jaune 15 to September 15, 9.30–19.30), emergency equipment and information and activities on environmental education. A beach has to meet a total of 32 different requirements before it is allowed to hoist the Blue Flag.” – European Blue Flag Programme (ABAE)/Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)