Blue Flags are not only assigned to the destinations that are popular and receive the best reviews from the tourists, but also to those that accomplish a few important requirements. For example, beaches with the Blue Flag must provide good quality waters, adequate environmental management and accessibility for people with reduced mobility and numerous health and rescue services.

Since 1987, when The European Environmental Foundation started granting these awards, Spain has topped the list of worldwide ranking and this year broke its own record. With a total of 686 Blue Flags awarded for 586 beaches and 100 ports Spain leads the world in this chapter meaning that one of every six “blue flags” found on beaches across the world belongs to a Spanish beach. And many of the beaches are some of the cleanest and best-serviced in the whole Europe.

You’ll find a Blue Flag in most of the coastal areas in Spain. Galicia and its picturesque landscapes welcome visitors in one of the most beautiful beaches: Rodas beach. In Galicia we recommend you to moor in Marina Muxia (known as well as Puerto Cataventos).

Rodas Beach

Rodas Beach, Galicia, Spain

If you love the Mediterranean you can enjoy the mild temperatures, warm waters and magnificent atmosphere lying on the mesmerizing beaches of L’Ametlla de Mar in Tarragona, you can choose Catalonia or opt for unique blue flag beaches as Cullera (Valencia) and Orihuela (Alicante). In Catalonia you can go for mooring in Port de Sitges or in Port Torredembarra.

Cullera Beach, Valencia, Spain

Cullera Beach, Valencia, Spain

If you want to visit Murcia we recommend the award-winning beaches of Cartagena.

Andalucía is a paradise for anyone who loves sun, good food and spectacular sunsets. Many outstanding beaches distinguished with the Blue Flag are waiting for enthusiastic tourists. Roquetas (Almería), Marbella (Malaga) and Rota (Cadiz) are only a few examples.

Marbella Beach, Andalucía, Spain

Marbella Beach, Andalucía, Spain

At international level in this Blue Flag top Turkey came second with 444 blue-flag beaches, followed by Greece (430), France (400) and Portugal (315).

This year the Association of Environmental Education and the Association of Consumer Issues introduced a new award that was granted to 21 tourist boats that perform various activities such as: observation of cetaceans diving, fishing or bird watching in a manner which is sustainable and respectful to the environment. The boats are from Spain and Iceland.

It’s true that maybe you won’t be aware of the blue flags displayed on the beaches you go to but, you should definitely ask for this important detail next time you plan your holiday.