Praia Grande beach in Sintra, Source: Sintra Municipality

Sintra’s main beach proud to have ‘zero pollution’

Sintra’s main beach proud to have ‘zero pollution’

That means that it has not been subjected to contamination in, at least, three years

On 15 June, the Portuguese Municipality of Sintra was proud to inform citizens and potential visitors that one of the beaches located on its territory – Praia Grande – had been awarded the ‘Zero Pollution 2021” label. This distinction is given out by the Zero - Sustainable Terrestrial System environmental association in recognition of beach areas that have maintained an excellent level of water quality during the last 3 tourist seasons.

Going for a day at the beach without a worry

Praia Grande is the largest beach on the Sintra coast, representing an expanse of white sand that is a delight for vacationers. The sands, the purity of the Atlantic waters and the lay of the coast, featuring steep cliffs, make this beach a remarkable place to be at, any time of year.

Praia Grande joins other 52 beaches, from across the European mainland and islands, that are considered the crown jewels of national bathing areas, taking into account the quality of their adjacent waters.

The list of beaches where, in the last 3 consecutive years, no microbiological contamination was detected during the bathing season has decreased a little. However, the authorities reported that there are still enough sandy stretches along the Portuguese coast for swimmers to find waters of excellence.

According to the Zero Association, all beaches distinguished last year as Zero Pollution beaches are classified, under the law, as beaches with "excellent" water quality. However, if they have a single analysis in which the presence of harmful microorganisms was detected, even if very far from the limit value, they can no longer be included in this list.

It is therefore extremely difficult to achieve an unscathed record over 3 years in the bathing areas because these are much more susceptible to microbiological pollution.

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