Orellana la Vieja beach, Badajoz, will be open from June 15 to September 15, with a third of the usual maximum capacity.
In Spain there are many bathing options far from the coast, and some of them of comparable quality to those found in the Mediterranean or the Cantabrian Sea. One of them, the Orellana la Vieja reservoir (Badajoz), has something of a symbol in this type of inland destinations: in the summer of 2010, Playa Costa Dulce de Orellana received the blue flag for the first time for its facilities, access and water quality. And maintained it for ten years.
On June 9, the 2020 blue flags will be announced at a press conference, and Orellana aspires to consolidate that of its beach (it would be the eleventh edition in which it achieves this) and that of the marina (it would be the third year). That date has been in recent years a kind of starting line for the summer season, and this year that is the approach again. From June 15 to September 15, the beach of Orellana la Vieja will open, according to the mayor of the town, Cayetano Ramos Sierra.
This summer there will be four lifeguards, the usual number, and extra staff to control capacity and disinfection. Although they have not yet specified all the data, it ensures that there will be group grids on the beach, to maintain social distance, and different entrance and exit areas. The maximum number of bathers will be reduced to between 700 and 1,000, according to these first forecasts, which will comfortably occupy the 12,000 square meters enabled for the bathroom and solarium.
Regarding the beach facilities, the plan is for the beach bars and restaurants to function normally, since they have expanded the space so that they can maintain a similar capacity. And the same will happen with companies dedicated to nautical activities (kayaking, pedal boats, sports boats …). One hundred people work in summer in these facilities.
70 percent of the tourism on Orellana beach is regional, while the rest comes from the rest of Spain and also from France, because fishing enthusiasts from this country often visit this reservoir in search of carp and black bass.