No need to feel blue – Spain has world’s cleanest beaches
Spain’s beaches were awarded a record-breaking 577 Blue Flags (FEE), denoting cleanliness among a number of factors, with Galicia leading the way.
Every year countries across the world eagerly await the awarding of Blue Flags to their beaches. The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised eco-label that identifies a beach as clean, safe and committed to sustainability, based on strict criteria addressing water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.
This year, Spain has once more been awarded more Blue Flags than any other country in the world – 577 in total, up from 573 in 2014. Spain values its reputation as having the world’s best beaches and has topped the league table from the Foundation for Environmental Education (the body that awards the Blue Flags) since it was first launched in 1987.
Sales and marketing director of Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, is keen to point out that it is not just mainland Spain which features wonderful beaches.
“The Balearic Islands benefit from some beautiful beaches, particularly Mallorca, which is known the world over for its sheltered coves and gentle, aquamarine waters. Diving, snorkelling and all manner of water-based fun can be had around the island, thanks to tranquil tides and the Mediterranean climate.”