Racó de l'Albir beach recognised one more year with the distinctive Blue Flag of environmental quality


May 14, 2022
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Since its creation 35 years ago, the Racó de l'Albir beach has achieved the Blue Flag year after year, a symbol of quality, good management and excellence, "which highlights the work and effort made by the Local Government from the different areas to keep our beach in a magnificent state”, as highlighted by the mayor of l'Alfàs del Pi, Vicente Arques.

To the Blue Flag badge for the beach of l'Albir, we must add a Blue Path badge for the Route to the Lighthouse and another five blue badges for five local environmental interpretation centers: the Environmental Interpretation Center of the Faro de l'Albir; 'Los Carrascos' Environmental and Landscape Interpretation Center; Environmental Interpretation Center 'La Antigua Cantera'; Los Carabineros Environmental Education Center and the Villa Romana de l'Albir Open-Air Museum “in recognition of their educational and informative role on coastal ecosystems and sustainable development” according to the Councilor for the Environment, Luis Morant. It so happens that of the 13 distinguished blue centers throughout the province of Alicante, 5 are in l'Alfàs,Arques has pointed out again, to reiterate the commitment to continue promoting policies committed to the recovery, safeguarding and dissemination of the natural heritage of the municipality.

The Blue Flag has been flying on the Racó de l'Albir beach since 1987. The Racó de l'Albir beach has obtained the Blue Flag for another year, which makes l'Alfàs del Pi one of the few Spanish towns that have managed to maintain this distinction of environmental quality, which has been granted by the Association of Environmental and Consumer Education (ADEAC) to the state of the beaches for 35 years. This award recognizes the high quality of bathing water, as well as the excellence of the services provided to users, as highlightedthe mayor of l'Alfàs del Pi, Vicente Arques, this morning, who after a work meeting wanted to go to the Paseo de las Estrellas in l'Albir, together with the councilors of Technical Services, Oscar Pérez; Education and Employment Loli Albero, Environment and Beaches, Luis Morant and municipal technicians.

Likewise, l'Alfàs del Pi has ratified its inclusion in the exclusive network of Senderos Azules, for the path to Faro de l'Albir , the red route of the Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada, an award granted for the first time in 2013, and its five blue centers have been distinguished again . Buildings and spaces of great historical, cultural, and natural value, recovered for the leisure and recreation of the community, but also for a better knowledge of them and their surroundings. With enclaves as valuable as the Los Carrascos Blue Center, with the largest number of native species in the entire Valencian Community. "Up to 140 native and endemic species representative of the Serra Gelada Natural Park" recalled the Councilor for the Environment Luis Morant.

CIFA Blue Center, Faro de l'Albir Interpretation Center since 2013

In October 2011, the City Council of l'Alfàs launched the l'Albir Lighthouse Interpretation Center in collaboration with the Serra Gelada Natural Park, becoming the first cultural lighthouse in the entire Valencian Community, information collected in a guide also recently published in English, with various and interesting details, as well as being very easy to read, on different aspects, such as the date, April 30, 1863, when the lantern of this unique building was illuminated for the first time, or the curious about the lamp, which was initially lit with olive oil, until solar energy panels were installed in 1984. The objective then and now remains the same "to preserve this important element of our historical heritage,

Blue Path to the Faro de l'Albir Route since 2013 as well

Thanks to the collaboration between the City Council of l'Alfàs del Pi, the Ministry of the Environment and the managing body of the Serra Gelada Natural Park, the lighthouse route is accessible to people with reduced mobility, in manual or electric wheelchairs . The accesses to rest areas and picnic areas have been paved, so that any wheelchair user, or people with reduced mobility, can access them and, thus, make full use of this emblematic Natural Park route. The recreational spaces are accessible and the slopes of the terrain are correctly marked, as well as the main access; the pavement of all routes and recreation areas is non-slip, and circulation paths have a minimum width of 1.50 meters for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

CEA Carabineros Blue Center since 2017

The comprehensive rehabilitation of a historic building in l'Alfàs that was in disuse, giving it a new life as an Environmental Education Center, "A space from which to impart environmental awareness, attitudes and values ​​towards the environment"

The Carabineros de l'Albir Barracks was built in 1829, the same year that the Royal Corps of Coast and Border Police was created. Its suitability allows hosting exhibitions, seminars, talks and school visits.

An environmental educational complex that already serves as a gateway to the Serra Gelada Natural Park.

Blue Center for CIPM Los Carrascos since 2018

More than 200 species live on this 11,000 m² plot, of which 80 are endemic to the Valencian Community. It is one of the forest spaces with the highest concentration of endemic plants on public display, converted into a model for the conservation of the wild flora of the region. In the CIPM Los Carrascos, plants that were sick, such as Silene hifacensis, an endangered species, have been recovered.

Blue Center for the Old Quarry of l'Albir Environmental Interpretation Center since 2020

The new Blue Center of the Cantera de l'Albir is a sustainable recreational and leisure area, framed in the Serra Gelada Natural Park. In recent years, work has been carried out on the recovery and conditioning of this disused area, and an alternative itinerary has been created for users of the Park, which leads to a recreation area where there is a 30-meter-high vertical via ferrata, a spectacular gazebo and picnic tables. Therefore, the educational and informative function that these centers must fulfill is perfectly combined with the recovery of the natural heritage "of great value from the environmental, cultural, pedagogical and educational point of view".

Blue Center for the Open Air Museum Villa Romana de l'Albir from 2021

In 1979 some works near the beach of l'Albir brought to light the bone remains of a burial from Roman times. During the eighties and nineties of the 20th century, archaeological excavations discovered a site of great patrimonial and scientific richness formed by an extensive necropolis, a mausoleum and a villa. The entire complex has been dated between the 4th and 7th centuries AD In 2008 the City Council of l'Alfàs del Pi, in collaboration with the University of Alicante, resumed the archaeological work in order to recover one of the most significant sites in the province of Alicante, becoming the first Open Air Museum of the Valencian Community, inaugurated in March 2011. Since its opening, it has been progressively expanded in phases, with new didactic resources, such as a tactile model that allows the blind to discover the site, an Audiovisual Room in which pieces of relevant value are exhibited, or an interactive augmented reality guide, developed jointly by the University of Alicante and the City Council of l'Alfàs del Pi. In 2015 the visitable route was extended to one of the main buildings of the town, a fairly large apse room called oecus, and now continues with the residential area where the dominus had his rooms and held banquets. And the last extension has just been completed, after the excavation and musealization of the structures located to the south of the baths, sectors II and IV of the Villa Romana de l'Albir, some works that have suffered a delay due to the pandemic but very productive since a patio has been found with the rooms behind the baths and very valuable pieces from the scientific and heritage perspective, which come to clear up many doubts regarding the Villa in addition to allowing open a large part of the site to the public. An investment of 125,000 euros from the Generalitat Valenciana ERDF Funds, which for its development has required the hiring of 11 people, and which has had the collaboration of the University of Alicante, in charge of making a 360 virtual reality video with the recreation of the peristyle, the oecus and the baths of the town through a virtual short film that shows the ritual of the convivium. that come to clear up many doubts regarding the Villa as well as allowing a large part of the site to be opened to the public. An investment of 125,000 euros from the Generalitat Valenciana ERDF Funds, which for its development has required the hiring of 11 people, and which has had the collaboration of the University of Alicante, in charge of making a 360 virtual reality video with the recreation of the peristyle, the oecus and the baths of the town through a virtual short film that shows the ritual of the convivium. that come to clear up many doubts regarding the Villa as well as allowing a large part of the site to be opened to the public. An investment of 125,000 euros from the Generalitat Valenciana ERDF Funds, which for its development has required the hiring of 11 people, and which has had the collaboration of the University of Alicante, in charge of making a 360 virtual reality video with the recreation of the peristyle, the oecus and the baths of the town through a virtual short film that shows the ritual of the convivium.