Spain increases its leading position in terms of the quality of beaches. This year there are 9 more beaches that have received the quality label Blue flag.
Blue Flag is an international environmental award given to beaches and marinas that meet certain criteria related to water quality, safety, service and environmental information. Blue Flag was founded in 1985 by environmental advocates in France, who warned about the marine environment. During the European Environment Year in 1987, Blue Flag was established in several parts of Europe. To receive the award certain requirements for water quality, safety, service and environmental information must be met. Unless the requirements are met during a random check, the flag can be withdrawn. One must reapply each year to receive the award.
Blue Flags in Spain
586 beaches and 100 marinas in Spain have received this award and with a total of 686 flags, Spain is the world leader in this ranking. After Spain comes: France (498), Turkey (465), Greece (439) and Italy (359). A total of 49 different countries on five continents have received this award so far.
New this year is that the flag has been awarded to sustainable tourist ships. These are ships that perform different types of tourist activities such as whale watching, diving, fishing or bird watching. They must conduct business in a sustainable and respectful way. It has been awarded 21 such flags and there are only two countries that have received these, namely Iceland and Spain. Whereof Spain has got five flags, three in Mallorca and two in Malaga.
If you want to know more, visit their web site: www.blueflag.global