Spain celebrates 30 years as world-leading Blue Flag beach destination

Spain celebrates 30 years as world-leading Blue Flag beach destination

There can be little doubt about Spain’s position as a world-leading beach destination. The Iberian country has just been awarded 627 Blue Flags for its beaches, a further 97 for its marinas and five for its tourist boats. The figures mean that Spain retains its position as having more Blue Flags than any other country, continuing a winning streak that has lasted 30 years.

Within Spain, it is the Valencian community that has more Blue Flags than any other region, at 153. Hot on its heels is Andalusia, with 148 Blue Flags, followed by Galicia with 125 and Catalonia with 120.

“Spain’s reputation as a world leader in terms of the quality of its beaches is a major tourism draw. Spanish beaches attract holidaymakers from across the globe, as well as second home owners seeking to live by the sea” 

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España
Spanish beaches awarded 627 Blue Flags in 2023 – up 6 from 2022

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has been selling homes along the Spanish coast for the past 65 years. The firm reports that health and wellbeing considerations are often top of mind for those buying properties by the coast. Both sea air and swimming in the sea can deliver physical health benefits, as well as giving a boost to mental health. Being close to the sea can lower stress levels and promote relaxation.

Coastal living also provides a host of outdoor opportunities that are not available to those who are landlocked. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and more can all be exhilarating ways to stay fit and active.

At Amara in Gran Alacant, for example, second home owners benefit from two large on-site swimming pools, as well being just 3 km from the Blue Flag-flying Carabassí beach, meaning they can enjoy a wide range of coastal pursuits. Many of the homes, which range from two to three bedrooms and are priced from €220,000 plus VAT, provide beautiful sea views

“Scenic views are another reason that properties by the sea are so popular. There is something infinitely refreshing about seeing sunlight sparkle across the waves – it helps to calm the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. The beauty of the way the colours of the sea change over the seasons is also something that many of those with coastal views treasure.” 

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España
Taylor Wimpey España properties by the sea attracting keen interest

Further along the Spanish coast, in the Costa Blanca, homes at Solemar sit just 0.75 km from Malaga’s Casares Beach. Each apartment comes with plentiful outdoor space, with private gardens on the ground floor and spacious terraces on the first and second storeys. There are also beautifully landscaped areas for owners to enjoy and a communal pool. Prices start from €266,000 plus VAT.

The island of Mallorca is another popular Spanish destination thanks to its abundance of stunning beaches. Access to these is a top priority for many of those seeking second homes on the island. Buying a property just a short walk from the beach means enjoying a wide range of choice with it comes to leisure pursuits both in and out of the water.
Health and wellbeing top many buyers’ agendas when choosing coastal properties

Taylor Wimpey España has homes for sale on the island that will be ready for use this summer, with completion due at the end of May. The properties at Es Llaut are just a short walk from the beautiful sandy beaches, marina, coves and pine-covered hills of Cala Bona and Costa de los Pinos. The two-bedroom apartments with spacious interiors, large terraces and gardens, a communal swimming pool and sea views from the upper storeys, are priced from €330,000 plus VAT.

“Our selection of properties by the sea is attracting keen interest right now, both from buyers seeking to enjoy them as holiday homes and those looking for a longer-term investment. Coastal properties tend to hold their value well, both in island locations and on the Spanish mainland.”

 Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

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