Burriana beach in Nerja, one of the nine on the Costa del Sol with the Q for Quality.
The summer nine beaches on the Costa del Sol will fly the Q for quality flag, a distinction awarded by the central government’s Institute of Tourism_Quality (ICTE), taking into account the services provided. Four of the nine beaches are within the municipal boundaries of the city of Malaga. The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, will hand over the awards to representatives of the respective town halls at an event held on June 5th.
What may seem odd is that none of the beaches on the western Costa del Sol are included among the nine highlighted for the quality of their services, despite this being the area which hosts the greatest volume of tourists in the province.
As well as the four city beaches (El Palo, Pedregalejo, Misericordia and El Dedo) the other award- winning stretches are Algarrobo- Mezquitilla, Torrecilla and Burriana (Nerja), and Benajarafe and Torre del Mar in Vélez-Málaga.
Andalucía is the Spanish region with the most Q distinctions, some 58 out of a total of 173 around Spain. Almeria has the highest concentration of quality beaches, with a total of 26.
The Q for Quality awards are handed out according to how the different beaches comply with the UNE 187001 regulations for tourism. These cover facilities available and services provided such as cleaning, security, lifeguards, information and other services aimed at making a tourist’s visit to the beach more satisfactory.
The quality of the beaches, according to the UNE regulations, is judged by experts from assessment and certification organisations such as AENOR, APPLUS, Bureau Veritas, Lloyd’s Register, OCA Cert, SGS, and Tüv Rheinland, who report their findings to the ICTE.
In the case of the four beaches in the city of Malaga, Misericordia and El Dedo have had the Q award for the last seven years and El Palo and Pedregalejo have met the required standards for six years.