The first beach of the immense Alentejo lake was be inaugurated on June 1st.
From a small peninsula created by the rendering of the largest artificial lake in Europe, was born a few years ago the Nautical Center of Monsaraz, with anchorage, bar-restaurant, playground and snack area. Now, part of the banks were covered with white sand to give birth to the first official beach of the Alqueva.
The fluvial beach of Monsaraz is 120 meters long and could be frequented “by hundreds of bathers simultaneously”, assures the autarchy of Reguengos de Monsaraz, responsible for the project, in a statement. In front of the beach, the bathing area is enlarged by a floating structure that includes a solarium and two swimming pools, one for children and one for adults.
In the lawn area, adjacent to the car park, “there are shadings” and the beach will have “20 awnings”, in addition to the existing trees in the place, also indicates the autarchy.
The safety of Alqueva’s first artificial beach will be ensured by a team of swimmers, with a guard station and tower and a medical station. The new bathing infrastructure is also equipped with public showers, double shower with lava feet and water access ramps for people with reduced mobility. The car park has a capacity of 120 vehicles.
Inaugurated officially on 1 June, the first beach of the large Alqueva lake has already been awarded the Blue Flag, in addition to having received the “accessible beach” classifications, as it fulfills the access requirements for disabled people, and “beach Healthy “, by complying with safety standards and environmental quality.
“The approval of the beach was not a quick process,” the mayor, José Calixto, said in a statement. “In addition to the necessary permits, water analyzes had to be carried out for a year to certify the quality of the baths, and without any negative results.” After the process and attributed to the Blue Flag, the Monsaraz river beach became “one of the Two unique beaches with this distinction throughout the southern interior of Portugal. ”
Once the World Children’s Day is celebrated, the celebrations will bring together “more than 750 children of the county” on the beach, with a program that includes a dance class, musical performance of Hugo Soft, among other activities.” Source