Top marks for Torrevieja
By Dave Jones SEA BATHING areas in Torrevieja are all of ‘excellent’ quality, according to a report by the regional department for the environment.
Councillor for beaches Javier Manzanares noted that the coalition council was very pleased that they had received the highest available ranking. He explained that samples had been taken at eight different points on the coast – Torrelamata, Cabo Cervera, Playa de los Locos, Playa del Cura, the pools off Paseo Juan Aparicio, Playa de los Náufragos, Mar Azul and Cala Piteras – during the summer. These have been analysed and the regional government has reported back.
“The regional environment department evaluates the quality of the water and they then give classifications which range from ‘insufficient’ to ‘ex- cellent’,” he said.
“We are very proud that Torrevieja has been given top marks for all the areas.”
He reminded that the sea and beaches are one of the main attractions for tourists who visit the municipality. The Segura river and water authority (CHS) has released a video of an otter swimming in the river near Benejúzar in the Vega Baja. A CHS spokesman reminded that otters had disappeared from the river in the 1990s. However, they have made a comeback due the improved environmental condition of the waterway. “Otters are a good indicator of the health of rivers because they are predators and need a lot of food,” he explained. The spokesman noted that otters had first returned to the Segura to the west of Murcia city at the beginning of this decade and have slowly been spreading towards the mouth at Guardamar del Segura. An otter was spotted near Orihuela two years ago but this is the first recorded sighting in the section which is downriver of the city.
Playa de los Locos in Torrevieja