The Benidorm City Council is preparing the city's beaches for the first major tourist event of the year, Holy Week, which this year brings forward its celebration to the end of March. The councilor of the area, Mónica Gómez, explained that "taking advantage of the moment of lower influx of people to the beaches, improvements are being made in the accessible beach points and the intensive cleaning of the sandbanks is being carried out."
Gómez detailed that "since January 15, all furniture, hammocks, umbrellas and others have been removed from the beaches of Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas, to sift the surface of the beaches and thus turn over the sand." This turning makes it possible for "with the ultraviolet action of the sun to produce a natural disinfection of the sand, while at the same time it is possible to level the beaches and put them in perfect condition for Easter and the rest of the year."
The person in charge of Beaches explained that "these cleaning tasks will continue, as usual, until February 15, when all the furniture will be reinstalled." Also by that date, the improvement actions at the three accessible beach points will have been completed.
As Gómez pointed out, "at the point of the Eleche Park, the most in demand, side awnings have been installed with which on windy days we improve the comfort of the users, who had sent us this request." Once the placement of these awnings has been completed, these days the repainting of the pavement of this point of accessible beaches is underway, a task that has already been completed in Levante and is also planned in La Cala.
The councilor recalled "the improvements that in recent years we have undertaken in the three accessible beach points to ensure that the user experience is increasingly comfortable and rewarding are a priority." Among the actions is the increase in the surface area of the facilities, the acquisition of new amphibious chairs, the renovation of the floor and the access walkways or, as in this case, the placement of awnings."
Regarding the accessible beach service, Gómez stressed that “they are one of the reference services of our beaches.” Thus, he added that "Benidorm was a pioneer more than two decades ago, facilitating bathing for people with functional diversity or who have mobility problems and thereby turning our beaches into a reference in terms of global accessibility." Over the years, "many coastal municipalities have been incorporating this service, although the accessible beach points in Benidorm have the particularity of maintaining their activity throughout the year, always being attended by qualified personnel."
The demand for this service is confirmed by usage data from 2023, in which nearly 18,000 people used Benidorm's accessible beaches.
The data provided by the mayor indicates that "in the busiest months, more than 2,300 people pass through the accessible beach points each month." This is the case in the months of June -2,472 people-, July -2,360-, August -2,296- and September -2,347-, when the service is attended by three lifeguards at each of the points. Gómez explained that “the demand is constant and sustained throughout the year.” In fact, in the months of January and July, when the lowest temperatures are usually recorded in Benidorm, "over 400 users are exceeded" and "November and December close with 700 users or more."
The first of these points is located on Levante beach, at the height of Murcia street: while the remaining two are located in Poniente: in the La Cala area - in front of Mont Benidorm avenue - and next to the Parque de Elche.
The accessible beach points of Parque de Elche and Levante have the Universal Accessibility certificate UNE 170001-1 and UNE 170001-2. In summer, each point is attended by three workers from the beach concession company, RA Benidorm.