Spain gets Europe’s largest artificial beach

by Lorraine Williamson
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ALOVERA – The largest artificial beach in Europe is coming to Spain and already has an opening date. Located where the sea is far away, it is expected to have between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors a year. 

Alovera Beach already has the first approval from the government of Castilla-La Mancha. Therefore, if all goes well, it will open to the public in the summer of 2023. It is located in the province of Guadalajara, 50 kilometres from Madrid. Furthermore, those who want to come and relax for a day will pay just €10. 

Large crystal clear lagoon 

The project will have facilities of 25,000 square metres of a bathing area, 15,000 square metres of city beach and 1,000 parking spaces. 

“It’s not a conventional swimming pool. It is a large crystal clear lagoon that will revolutionise the local landscape. 

The central element of the project is the large water area of ​​almost 25,000 square metres surrounded by a city beach,” according to the project website. 

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The largest artificial beach in Europe

Moreover, Alovera Beach is divided into five different areas:

  • the lagoon and beach
  • a sports and entertainment area
  • an area with diving boards
  • slides and children’s pools
  • a sailing school and other water sports
  • a zone for restaurants and other services

Alovera Beach will also have hammocks, umbrellas, an outdoor gym, a zip line, beach volleyball courts and piers, and will have a direct connection to the A2 motorway, which will facilitate access from Madrid. Finally, the creation of 330 direct and indirect jobs is expected. 

It is only filled once 

To develop Alovera Beach, Grupo Rayet has partnered with Crystal Lagoons, specialising in the design, construction, construction and maintenance of artificial beaches around the world. The developers explain that the water volume will be comparable to the annual consumption of a development of 80 homes, but with the difference that the lagoon is only ever filled once. Moreover, the anti-evaporation technology reduces the volume of water lost through evaporation. Therefore, the lagoon does not need to be refilled as the water is constantly regenerated. 

It consumes only 2% of the energy required for standard filtration technologies and 100 times fewer additives than usual. It consumes half the water of conventional park irrigation and 40 or 50 times less than maintaining a golf course. To put it even more clearly, if a green park were created instead of this project, twice as much water would be used for irrigation, the website states. 

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