Tavira is the regional leader in the number of beaches with «ZERO pollution», according to the list of 68 national bathing zones released by ZERO – Associação Terrestre Sustentável.
In 2020, beaches with «ZERO pollution» represent 11% of the total of 621 bathing areas in operation, an increase of 55 percentage points, plus 24 beaches, compared to the 44 classified last year, reinforced ZERO.
The Algarve has 11 beaches with this distinction, however, the municipality of Tavira, leads with four beaches: Barril, Cabanas, Tavira Island and Terra Estreita. The municipalities of Faro (Deserta, Culatra and Farol), Vila do Bispo (Castelejo, Cordoama and Martinhal), and Aljezur (Vale Figueiras), also received this distinction.
But what does it mean to be a ‘Zero Pollution Beach’?
The Association explains that, based on data requested from the Portuguese Environment Agency, they identified the beaches that, over the last three bathing seasons (2017, 2018 and 2019), not only always had an “EXCELLENT” rating, but also presented values zero or below the detection limit in all analyzes carried out on the two microbiological parameters controlled and provided for in the legislation. “