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The bay of Rosas, one of the most beautiful of the world

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The bay of Rosas, one of the most beautiful of the world
 
The Bay of Roses has joined the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, a distinction which carries with it the endorsement of UNESCO. The club, which currently only includes thirty bays, recognises the value provided by the tourism, landscape, and culture in the region formed by the municipalities of L’Escala, Sant Pere Pescador, Castelló d’Empúries, and Roses. The decision was made in a meeting last May 2011 in Toubakouta (Senegal), where the Bay of Roses received the highest number of points possible. A member of the Tourism Council of L’Escala, Maribel Calderon, was one of the representatives who defended the Bay of Roses’ candidacy in Senegal. Ms. Calderon noted “the significant promotional value which comes with receiving a distinction such as this, as only a single bay is selected per country and sea, which means that they have chosen us from the entire Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula”. Other members of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club include Península Valdés (Argentina), Mont St-Michel Bay (France), Mindelo Bay (Cap Verde), San Francisco Bay (United States), and Ha Long Bay (Vietnam). When the decision was made to include the Bay of Roses, the numerous attractions of varying types presented to the general assembly were very important: the three natural parks, the ruins in Empúries, the more than 45 kilometres of beaches (a number of which have the European certification of quality, EMAS), the gastronomy, the great variety of and possibilities for practicing nautical, land, and aerial sports, and more.