Cenitz

Guethary, France

English below
Située entre Saint-Jean-De-Luz et Guéthary, la plage du Cenitz se trouve dans le quartier Acotz. La baie a été acquise en 2003 par le Conservatoire du Littoral, ce qui interdit son altération par l'urbanisation. Le site est très fréquenté par les surfeurs tout au long de l'année. La baignade est surveillée en été, mais peut être dangereuse en raison des fonds rocheux. Les baigneurs y sont moins nombreux que sur le reste de la côte. Des douches et un parking gratuit sont disponibles.
L'embouchure du cours d'eau la Balderata peut être une source de dégradation de la qualité de l'eau, ainsi que le système de traitement des eaux usées qui peut être défaillant en cas de fortes pluies.

In between Saint-Jean-De-Luz and Guethary, Cenitz's beach is in the Acotz area. The bay is owned since 2003 by a public organism. This keeps the bay from urban modifications. The beach is crowded by surfers all along the year. There is a supersvised swimming area during summer but it is still dangerous because of rocks. Shower and WC are available on the beach.
The river Balderata might be an explanation for bad water quality. Also, the waste water treatment might be defaulting in case of heavy rains.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 1st, 2018. Surfrider Foundation Europe updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cenitz is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

As part of the Watermen Testers program, Surfrider Foundation Europe volunteers monitor recreational marine and freshwater quality at several sites in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The sampling season goes throughout the year, on an irregular basis depending on availability of volunteers. That is why the monitoring frequency selected is "Other" for all the beaches in the region.

Priority is given to places where Watermen Testers suspect a pollution. Before (from 2014 to 2017), samples were collected bi-monthly. According to the European Directive 2006/7/CE, water quality is based on 2 bacteriological parameters: E. coli and enterococcus. Threshold between average and poor water quality :
Freshwater :
Enterococcus  660 CFU/100mL
E. coli : 1800 CFU/100mL
Marine water:
Enteroccocus : 370 CFU/100mL
E. coli: 1000 CFU/100mL

A beach is marked green if the two results (Enterococcus and E. coli) are under European thresholds.
A beach is marked red if one of the two or the two results is/are above the European threshold.
A beach is marked grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Special status beaches:
Due to the high frequentation of beaches during the summer and the occurrence of storms, leading to wastewater treatment plant overflows, some beaches are exposed to short term pollutions.

Uhabia – Bidart: In case of heavy rains, a valve holds untreated water at Uhabia’s estuary, and releases it 500 meters away from the coast during the night.
Grande plage – Biarritz: Sewer overflows release untreated water directly on the beach.
La barre – Anglet: This beach in mainly polluted because of Adour’s estuary which is just above, especially during floods.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Cenitz

Guethary, France

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 1st, 2018. Surfrider Foundation Europe updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

English below
Située entre Saint-Jean-De-Luz et Guéthary, la plage du Cenitz se trouve dans le quartier Acotz. La baie a été acquise en 2003 par le Conservatoire du Littoral, ce qui interdit son altération par l'urbanisation. Le site est très fréquenté par les surfeurs tout au long de l'année. La baignade est surveillée en été, mais peut être dangereuse en raison des fonds rocheux. Les baigneurs y sont moins nombreux que sur le reste de la côte. Des douches et un parking gratuit sont disponibles.
L'embouchure du cours d'eau la Balderata peut être une source de dégradation de la qualité de l'eau, ainsi que le système de traitement des eaux usées qui peut être défaillant en cas de fortes pluies.

In between Saint-Jean-De-Luz and Guethary, Cenitz's beach is in the Acotz area. The bay is owned since 2003 by a public organism. This keeps the bay from urban modifications. The beach is crowded by surfers all along the year. There is a supersvised swimming area during summer but it is still dangerous because of rocks. Shower and WC are available on the beach.
The river Balderata might be an explanation for bad water quality. Also, the waste water treatment might be defaulting in case of heavy rains.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cenitz is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

As part of the Watermen Testers program, Surfrider Foundation Europe volunteers monitor recreational marine and freshwater quality at several sites in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The sampling season goes throughout the year, on an irregular basis depending on availability of volunteers. That is why the monitoring frequency selected is "Other" for all the beaches in the region.

Priority is given to places where Watermen Testers suspect a pollution. Before (from 2014 to 2017), samples were collected bi-monthly. According to the European Directive 2006/7/CE, water quality is based on 2 bacteriological parameters: E. coli and enterococcus. Threshold between average and poor water quality :
Freshwater :
Enterococcus  660 CFU/100mL
E. coli : 1800 CFU/100mL
Marine water:
Enteroccocus : 370 CFU/100mL
E. coli: 1000 CFU/100mL

A beach is marked green if the two results (Enterococcus and E. coli) are under European thresholds.
A beach is marked red if one of the two or the two results is/are above the European threshold.
A beach is marked grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Special status beaches:
Due to the high frequentation of beaches during the summer and the occurrence of storms, leading to wastewater treatment plant overflows, some beaches are exposed to short term pollutions.

Uhabia – Bidart: In case of heavy rains, a valve holds untreated water at Uhabia’s estuary, and releases it 500 meters away from the coast during the night.
Grande plage – Biarritz: Sewer overflows release untreated water directly on the beach.
La barre – Anglet: This beach in mainly polluted because of Adour’s estuary which is just above, especially during floods.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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