This long and extensive beach is divided into three areas, which are:
The main beach (1km x 100 m), the beach of Els Griells (5 km x 50 m) and the beach of the Pletera (18 km x 70 m).
Swimming areas and water-sport zones are clearly marked with buoys.
Situated directly in front of the residential area of the town, it is where the large majority of swimmers go.
Situated between the Ter Vell nature reserve and the village, which gives the beach its name ‘Els Griells’. In this area there are less visitors and beach goers than the main beach and it is where the large majority of nautical and water sports concessions are based. Ter Vell nature reserve at the far end of the beach provides a lovely environmental setting.
Pletera beach is the least used area of the beaches, there are practically no buildings or neighbourhoods in the surrounding area. Together with the Ter Vell nature reserve this area is part of a restoration program of coastal dunes and wetlands of the Baix Emporda region, which is supported by the LIFE European Union. The environment and reduced access have converted the terrain into a place of peaceful natural beauty. There is an area adapted to practise kite surfing. It is possible to take dogs
on this part of the beach.
Since 2006, the Platja Gran of l’Estartit counts on an international Integrated Management System certification of touristic and environmental quality (SIG).
The project that allowed to implement the certifications started on June 2004. It consisted in a very ambitious and innovative initiative in Spain, since it stablished an integrated System of quality and environmental management, unifying 3 different reference standards in only one regulation: regarding environmental protection, the EMAS 761/2001 and the UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2004 have been applied, and in reference to tourist quality, the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 has been applied.
Thus, the three regulations have been unified in a unique system, fact that allowed to avoid duplicating efforts and be able to focus on a global perspective. By the same line, it is worth highlighting that the environmental management system ensures the preservation of the environment and the management of quality system that guarantees beach users’ satisfaction, working collectively with a permanent vision towards continuous improvement.
The Quality Plan of the beaches was developed in 3 phases:
Initial Environmental Assessment. The study, carried out between June and December 2004, allowed the identification of all the environmental incidences of the area to foster an integrated environmental strategy, being the environmental factor a key factor to the sustainable development.
During the year 2005, the design of an integrated management system was consolidated and it allowed to identify and orientate the management of the beaches towards good environmental practices and to offer services with a Standard of excellence to the users
During the first semester of 2006, the implementation, revision and certification of the management system was carried out.
More and better services
This study has allowed to improve the beaconing service, the standardisation of the beach equipment, the accessibility to the beach, the mobility, the safety of the swimmers, the improvement of the cleaning services, the signposting of the associated services, the temporary and territorial enhancement of the preventive services in order to ensure the service out of the peak season, the provision of urban furniture, new showers, the inclusion of preventive maintenance as well as the inclusion of new services such as the selective collection, the amphibious chair service and the educational workshops designed for children.