Alicante leads the blue flags in Spain
ALICANTE LEADS THE BLUE FLAGS IN SPAIN
The province leads the ranking of these awards with a total of 68 out of the 133 blue flags of the Valencian Community, which also heads the classification by self-governed regions. The beaches that are added to the list are Cala Cerrada and Mil Palmeras in Orihuela, Cabo Cervera in Torrevieja and the beach of Puerto de Pilar de la Horadada.
Spain has obtained a total of 696 Blue Flags in 2018, which will be waved from June onwards along the coast, which is an increase of twelve flags, compared to 684 registered last year.
When it comes to the beaches, this summer will wave a total of 590 flags, which is eleven more than in 2017. The community that’s earned the most flags on their beaches and ports are the Valencian Community with 146, followed by Galicia (124), Catalonia (123) and Andalusia (115). The data was released on Tuesday in Madrid by ADEAC – the Spanish section of the European Federation of Environmental Education – which confirms that in beaches, marinas and sustainable vessels Spain maintain the first place in this world ranking.
ELEVEN NEW SANDY BEACHES
The set of award-winning beaches and ports is led by the Valencian Community with 146 (132 + 14), Galicia with 124 (109 + 15) Catalonia with 123 (101 + 22) and Andalusia with 115 (91 + 16 + 2 tourist boats). These are followed by Baleares with 67 (44 + 20 + 3), Canary Islands with 55 blue flags (50 + 5), Asturias with 13 beaches, Cantabria with 11, Basque Country with four, Ceuta & Melilla with two and Extremadura with two (a beach and a port).
Amongst the new blue flags that have been awarded this year, one stands out, which was awarded to the beach of Virgen de la Nueva, located in the San Juan reservoir, in the Madrilenian town of San Martín de Valdeiglesias.
The number of participating Spanish coastal municipalities in 2017 was 252, of which 236 have obtained a blue flag. Valencia is in the lead with 45 award-winning municipalities, followed by Catalonia with 43 award-winning municipalities. It is followed by Andalusia with 39, Galicia with 34, Canary Islands with 30, Balearic Islands with 17, Asturias and Cantabria with 7 award-winning beaches, Murcia with 6, Basque Country with 4 and Madrid, Ceuta & Melilla and Extremadura with one municipality.
Blue flags have also been awarded thematically in the fields of rescue, first aid and first response to Sagunto (Valencia), Castell Platja D’Aro (Girona), and Santa Pola (Alicante). On the other hand, the beaches of Almonte (Huelva), Torrenueva (Granada) and Santa Eulalia (Baleares) have been awarded for their accessibility.
A total of 72 trails will have the blue flag in this year 2017. The Blue Paths are present in 68 municipalities in 19 Spanish provinces. As a novelty, this year the Blue Trail Costa Dulce de Orellana, in Badajoz, has won the award. It is the first Blue Path on an in-land beach.