Undoubtedly one of Sitges’ main attractions are its beaches, where getting in touch with nature while mixing with the locals allows you to get to know the Sitgetans’ character a little better.
A total of 17 beaches stretch out along Sitges’ coast, each with its own personality and providing all the services needed to offer maximum comfort. The unique character of each beach gives them completely different atmospheres: there are small, peaceful coves, wide, fine sand, family-oriented beaches, or urban beaches with views of the historic center, situated right alongside the Esplanade and easily accessed on foot.
The EMAS flags are flying on the beaches of Las Botigues, Garraf and the eleven beaches that lie between Aiguadolç and Las Anquines.
The thirteen Sitges beaches - Botiques, Garraf and the eleven beaches that lie between Aigudolç and Las Anquines - hold the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit System) certificate, a environmental management system within the European Union, based on terms of reference ISO14001
The beaches are:
1. Playa de San Sebastián
2. Playa de Balmins
3. Playa de Las Botigues de Sitges
4. Playa de Garraf
5. Playa de la Ribera
6. Playa de la Barra
7. Playa de Aiguadolç
8. Playa de la Fragata
9. Playa de Bassa Rodona
10. Playa del Estanyol
11. Playa de la Riera Chica
12. Playa de Terramar
13. Playa de las Anquines
The EMAS certificate is evidence of maximum environmental quality. The scheme is a voluntary initiative designed to improve the environmental performance of organisations, and to require clear reporting to the public and other interested parties on their progress.
The objective is to put in place a system of management that can evaluate the environmental impact of public use of the beaches, instilling responsible practice.
The establishment of the EMAS requires:
1. The setting out of a defined environmental policy
2. The carrying out of an environmental diagnosis
3. The regular publication of environmental information, the accuracy and reliability of which has been independently checked.
The diagnosis must verify the level of compliance with current legislation, evaluate the environmental effects, and study the internal processes of good practice, as well as analysing the response to emergency situations.