Europe's Blue Flag Beaches

Europe’s Blue Flag Beaches

The Blue Flag Programme is designed to be an easy distinction between a good beach and a poor quality one, in much the same way that hotels, airlines and restaurants use a star based rating system that allows tourists to choose the best at a glance. One star equates poor quality where five indicates superior quality.

A beach that earns a blue flag must comply with water sampling requirements as well as standards and requirements for water quality analysis. It has no industrial, waste water or sewer-related discharges that negatively impact others around the world. It must also comply with all sanitary measures set by the Blue Flag Programme, including testing for E. coli.

The environmental management requirements for a Blue Flag are very extensive. They must display information about the programme and educate visitors on maintaining water quality both at the beach and at home. They must also follow a strictly enforced code of conduct and display a map that shows where all facilities are located.

Adequate safety such as lifeguards and lifesaving equipment must be readily available. Services such as first aid kits must also be available. Emergency plans in case of environmental pollution must be in place. An ample supply of drinking water should be on hand, and at least one area must be handicap capable.

Blue Flag Beaches in Spain

This is not a complete list. Many beaches around the world have received awarded a Blue Flag for excellence. Nearly 3,000 beaches and 650 marinas worldwide have been awarded and maintain Blue Flag expectations.

The highest number of qualifying beaches is in Spain. More than 500 of Spain’s beaches have received awards from the Blue Flag Programme. That’s more than 6,000 km or 3,700 miles of incredibly clean and reliable sandy bliss available in the UK’s favourite holiday destination.

The Balearic Islands are of course on the list – Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The Balearics have some of the most incredible beaches in the world and visitors find it easy to believe they have received the Blue Flag award.

On the Costa del Sol Marbella Beach is considered one of the nicest and most romantic on the mainland.

The Canary Islands are also on the list. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, and Tenerife.

The Balearics and Canaries are excellent holiday destinations for families with children. Tenerife is home to several water parks, animal parks and other family friendly attractions. Several celebrities enjoy a trip to Tenerife, and some own holiday homes on the island – and enjoy the blue flag beaches as much as everyone else.

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