Photos: Arona Ayuntamiento.
As Arona’s mayor Mena promised, the municipality’s beaches have been treated as a priority, and not only have they recovered their precious Blue Flags, playa de Las Vistas has now also regained Aenor’s Universal Accessibility Certificate, a distinction that the council says guarantees equal opportunities for the use and enjoyment of the beach. The certificate is awarded for beaches which can show full compliance with disability legislation, and as Arona says, playa de Las Vistas is one of the most visited in Spain by the elderly and disabled.
The beach offers disability-adapted bathing as well as a lifeguard service specifically trained and equipped for assisting “functional diversity”, and apart from its Blue Flag and Aenor certificate, now also has a national “Playa inclusiva: sol y mar para todos” distinction (Inclusive beach: sun and sea for all), one of just two that Spain has awarded. Arona also has three tourist information offices (out of five in Tenerife) which have been awarded a Q for quality by the Spanish Tourist Quality Institute, and a range of national and international distinctions like the Premio Internacional Excelencias Turísticas for accessibility, the EU’s Access City, and the Reina Sofía Prize.
Mayor Mena said that the award was very good news for the municipality, which is recovering the recognition of quality that it deserves. “We have managed to get our efforts in removing barriers acknowledged”, he said, “so that everyone, with or without functional diversity, can enjoy our beaches and coastline under equal conditions, a result that is thanks to the efforts and work of our public services, technicians and council workers”.