Commission classifies 88% of beaches as having ‘excellent’ waters
The European Commission has issued a report today classifying 88% of Portugal’s beaches last year as having ‘excellent’ water quality.
Of the 652 Portuguese bathing areas (coastal and inland), 577 were of excellent quality (88.5%), 40 were good (6.1%), three sufficient (0.5%) and two were of poor quality (0.3%) – with 4.6% not receiving any classification.
Portugal had 293 more bathing areas classified as excellent quality than in 2000; 15 more than in 2020.
Says Lusa, there are 502 coastal areas (77%) and 150 inland areas (23%) for bathing in Portugal.
At EU level, the report concludes that in 2021 minimum water quality standards were met in 95.2% of bathing areas.
In Austria, Malta, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark and Germany, 90% or more of bathing waters met the ‘excellent’ quality standard.
The assessment, prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the European Commission, is based on monitoring 21,859 bathing sites across Europe, also covering EU Member States, Albania and Switzerland.
The report comes hot-on-the-heels of the latest ‘gold awards’ for zero pollution in Portugal which saw the number of truly ‘perfect’ beaches in Portugal hit a new record.