Lifeguard drones to patrol Spanish beaches

A pilot scheme in Spanish resorts will see drone lifeguards patrolling beaches and going to the aid of stricken bathers.

Lifeguard drones to patrol Spanish beaches
A drone operating on Cabopino beach in Marbella. Photo:

The unmanned aircraft are equipped with rubber floats to drop into the water and can reach drowning swimmers three times faster than their human equivalents.

The pioneering intiative being tested at five resorts across Spain this week is sponsored by Vodafone One and is designed to reduce the estimated 400 drownings that occur off Spanish beaches each year.

The drones, which are equipped with cameras and are operated from the shore, could save vital minutes in coming to the aid of those in distress.

“As soon as there is a sighting of someone in difficulty in the water, both the drone and the lifeguard will head towards the sea. Arriving first the drone will deliver a lifesaving ring buying valuable time for the lifeguard to reach the swimmer in distress and save a life,” a spokesman from the project told The Local.

“It shows how such technology can save lives; a lifeguard takes triple the time as a drone to reach a swimmer in distress.”

The drones are currently being operated at beaches in Marbella, Cartagena and Benalmádena in southern Spain and at Ribadesella in Asturias and Isla in Cantabria on Spain’s northern coast.

A lifeguard drone with its operator on the beach in Marbella. Photo: 

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Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia