Spain awarded highest number of Blue Flags beaches in 2019

A staggering 566 beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag for 2019

Mallorca beach

Spain has topped the list of worldwide ranking for 32 consecutive years since FEE began in the awards in 1987. 

One in every six of the Blue Flags that are granted by the FEE worldwide flies on a Spanish beach.

One-fifth of all beaches in Spain now fly the prestigious Blue Flag.  

Fuerteventura, Los Charcos beach, El Cotillo

The region of Valencia has the most Blue Flag beaches (135), followed by Galicia (107) and Catalonia (97).

Holidaymakers heading to Valencia this year can choose between wide city beaches such as Malvarrosa, windswept sand dunes at El Saler, the rugged coastline around Javea and the usual white pebble beach of Estanyol in Montcofa which turn the sea a distinctive milky turquoise hue.

Andalusia's beaches were awarded a total of 79 Blue Flags. The Province of Cadiz is home to 29 Blue Flags, followed by Almeria 27, Malaga 17, Huelva 3 and Granada 3.

Fuerteventura - Corralejo beach

Spain is the world leader, followed by Greece, France, Turkey, Italy and Portugal.

A total of 98 Spanish marinas received a Blue Flag.

The Blue Flag is synonymous with the quality of beaches and is awarded on the basis of four criteria: environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management and safety and services.

Infographic - Blue Flag Beaches 2019