The Department of Beaches has offered an assessment of the surveillance and access control to the popular coves of La Granadella and La Barraca-Portitxol during the months of July and August, when an average of
The figures show that both coves suffered high tourist pressure during these high season months:
– an average of 1,020 vehicles arrived at the barrier each day;
– an average of 404 vehicles accessed the cove area each day;
– an average of 616 vehicles were prohibited from access due to full capacity each day;
– an average of 449 people accessed by cove area on foot through the barrier each day.
Cala de la Barraca-Portitxol
– an average of 1,341 vehicles arrived at the barrier each day;
– an average of 564 vehicles accessed the cove area each day;
– an average of 777 vehicles were prohibited from access due to full capacity each day;
– an average of 746 people accessed by cove area on foot through the barrier each day.
The councillor responsible for Beaches, Juan Ortolá, stressed that the measures to control access to these popular coves during the summer months have to be maintained “not only for the safety of those who live there but also for those tourists and visitors who come in the summer”.
The councillor also had a few words of recognition for the employees who provided the surveillance service not only for their “responsibility and good work” as well as “the patience in dealing with all the drivers and bathers who couldn’t access the coves when they reached capacity”, something that was not always easy to deal with and was not to everyone’s liking.
He stressed that the technical staff of the Department of Beaches, as well as those of the Department of Services, are already working on a review of the specifications for providing an alternative transport service to both coves next summer and reduce the number of cars left around the barriers and the amount of people walking down to the beaches.
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