The English Riviera Tourism Company is celebrating as the resort has topped the charts for the second year in a row with the best beaches in the country, scooping a fantastic 15 awards – more than anywhere else in the country.
The prestigious Blue Flag will continue to fly high over beautiful Oddicombe, Meadfoot, Paignton, Broadsands and Breakwater beaches this summer.
Ten English Riviera beaches have also retained their Quality Coast Awards for being clean and safe. They are Maidencombe, Oddicombe, Meadfoot, Preston, Broadsands, Ansteys Cove, Torre Abbey Sands, Paignton, Goodrington and Breakwater beaches.
The Environment Agency has been taking water samples across Torbay and all the beaches have been identified as meeting stringent water quality standards for both the awards set by the Keep Britain Tidy group. They had to pass strict criteria on a number of aspects of beach management including safety, access, facilities on offer, good litter management and bathing water quality.
In addition, 11 of the 15 designated bathing waters in Torbay are mentioned as recommended beaches in the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Beach Guide.
Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company said, “The English Riviera is a hugely popular family resort with a reputation for sparkling waters and exceptionally clean, safe beaches. We’re delighted that our beautiful beaches have received more awards than anywhere else – just come and see them and you’ll see why.”
The accolade follows hard on the heels of news that Trip Advisor named Torquay as a Top UK Destination in its latest Travellers’ Choice Awards. With the first three favourite destinations being London, Edinburgh and Liverpool, all big cities, Torquay came in at number 4 as the highest rated resort in the country.
And the week-long English Riviera Geopark Festival, which kicks off on June 2nd 2012, gives visitors the chance to explore the beaches and the crystal waters with exciting events such as Geopark Cruises, Wild Swimming, Rockpool Wildlife Hunt and Kids learn to Snorkel PLUS some great Geopark Discovery Packages such as Canoe the Coves and Mussels by Moonlight. On Monday 4th June panoramic views of the stunning coastline can be enjoyed when the English Riviera turns out to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with a beacon lighting and patriotic party at the top of the 200ft cliffs of spectacular Berry Head National Nature Reserve.
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