Spain awarded highest number of Blue Flags in 2017

Spain has once again been awarded the highest number of Blue Flags for its beaches this year.

The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised eco-label that identifies a beach as clean, safe and committed to sustainability, based on strict criteria addressing water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.

In 2017, Spain boasts 684 Blue Flags in total, more than any other country – the 30th year in a row that it has topped the Blue Flags table. Spain values its reputation as having the world’s best beaches and has topped the league table from the Foundation for Environmental Education since it was first launched in 1987.

The Communidad Valencia received the most Blue Flags in Spain with 129, followed by Galicia with 133 and Cataluna with 95 – the same trend as in 2016.

“It is wonderful to once again see the Comunidad Valencia receive the most awards in Spain with 129 Blue Flags. Alicante and its award-winning beaches is a hotspot for holiday makers and those looking to buy a holiday home in Spain,” says Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España.

“Punta Prima beach, just south of Alicante, with its fine sandy beaches and clean waters has for example been awarded a Blue Flag for 2017 and our stunning La Recoleta III and Panorama Mar developments have the ideal frontline location to enjoy its sea, sand and sunshine.”

Panorama Mar is Taylor Wimpey Espana’s latest frontline development on the hugely popular Costa Blanca, situated on the Blue Flag Punta Prima beach in Torrevieja.

La Recoleta III is also located on the beachfront of the Blue Flag Punta Prima beach with access to the sea just a few metres away.

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Spain: The world’s best for beaches

1st June 2016

Spain is still the world’s best for beaches, as the country remains home to the highest number of Blue Flag awards.

The highly sought-after accolades are awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) across almost 50 countries worldwide. Blue Flag beaches are judged on four different categories: water quality, safety and services, environmental management, and environmental education and information.

Attaining Blue Flag status is seen as the gold standard for beaches and is widely recognised as an indication of the high environmental and quality standards of the beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators. Blue Flags are only awarded to the world’s cleanest, most pristine beaches.

Last year, Spain was awarded a record 577 Blue Flags, beating the 573 awarded in 2014. Now, it has beaten its own record again, adding 9 more to its roster.

Now, one in five Spanish beaches fly a Blue Flag, positioning the country at the top of tourists’ holiday wishlists for the summer.

The demand for beachfront properties are on the rise too, as Costa lovers look to stay in the sunshine a little longer.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, highlights Calpe, Alfás del Pi, El Campello and San Juan as enjoying rising demand, in particular. Indeed, they have all retained their Blue Flag status for 30 years now.

The company has just launched Panorama Mar, a new seafront development situated on the beautiful Punta Prima beach, near Blue Flag holder Los Naufragos on the Costa Blanca. Indeed Spain’s perennially-popular Costa is lined with Blue Flags.

Spain’s Canary Islands have also had great success in the Blue Flag awards, accepting 66 Blue Flags, with Tenerife receiving an impressive 15 Flags alone, an increase of 4 since 2015.

Jodi Beard, Marketing Director of holiday planning specialists Cheap Holidays Tenerife, which offer discounted flights to and holiday accommodation in the popular southern area of Tenerife comments: “We are delighted with the recent Blue Flag results. The exquisite Los Cristianos and Las Vistas beaches in the Arona municipality are proud Flag holders this year and we are expecting their new status to attract more beachgoers this summer. With the already popular Troya beaches flying Blue Flags as well as Torviscas, Fañabe, and El Duque, we would expect an increase in the island’s popularity this year as a prime beach holiday destination.”

Also famous for its exquisite Blue Flag beaches is the esteemed Algarve region in southern Portugal which has been awarded 88 Blue Flags this year, an increase of 3 since 2015. The new Flags were awarded to Armona-Ria in Olhão, Rocha Baixinha in Albufeira and Amoreira Mar in Aljezur.

Representing around 45 per cent of Portugal’s tourism earnings, the Algarve is a beloved beach holiday destination that appeals to many second-home buyers and the recent Blue Flag awards are set to attract further investments this summer.

“It’s wonderful to see so many beautiful beaches flying Blue Flags in the Algarve and with summer around the corner, we expect an increase in interest in the region from holidaymakers and second-home buyers alike,” adds Chris White, Founding Director of Algarve-based boutique agency Ideal Homes Portugal.