Spain remains home to more Blue Flag beaches than any other country in the world, as the country holds onto its top ranking.
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.
Spain has always been renowned for its beaches, particularly in the popular Costas. Indeed, Spain has well over a hundred more Blue Flags than its next nearest rival (Turkey, which has 436 Blue Flag beaches). This year, Spain has been awarded 577 Blue Flags in total, up from 573 in 2014 and has topped the league table from the Foundation for Environmental Education since it was first launched in 1987.