Today, Sitges was awarded 5 blue flags for its Aiguadolç Marina, la Barra, la Ribera, Les Botigues and San Sebastian beaches. With this award, Sitges has become the town obtaining the highest number of blue flags in the province of Barcelona. The blue flag eco-label is an honor that rewards, among other things, sustainability, water quality, safety, attention to people with disabilities or beaches’ range of complementary and educational services.
In addition to the blue flags at these beaches, the flags in the town’s three marinas have also been maintained: Aiguadolç, C.N. Garraf and Port Ginesta.
The councilman for Beaches, Guillem Escolà, explained that “we are especially excited about this award as it comes during a year marked by the effects of Storm Gloria on our coast and within the framework of the shutdown generated by the appearance of Covid-19”. Escolà stressed that “obtaining the five blue flags is an acknowledgement of the Town Council's commitment to sustainability, recognized via the Biosphere Destination certification” and added that “having obtained this comprehensive award is an incentive to continue working to aim for more blue flags for our town and pursuing the excellence of our coast”.
In addition to the 5 blue flags obtained, Sitges currently has the EMAS certification, an environmental management award, the ISO 14001 and the Biosphere certification.
The Town Council registers for the EMAS in December 2011
The Sitges Town Council's Department of the Environment joined the EMAS environmental quality register in December 2011. This voluntary quality label, which acknowledges the environmental management of beaches, allows us to evaluate, improve and to get to know environmental behavior at the same time. The register is issued, on behalf of the EU, by the Catalonian Generalitat.