This week, the annual blue flag awarding has been announced just ahead of the summer holiday season – which officially starts when schools break up around the second or third week in June – and, with 589 of these prestigious quality kitemarks, Spain continues to rule the coastlines of Planet Earth.
Spain has remained unbeaten worldwide in its number of blue-flag beaches for 33 years in a row, and 2020 is no exception – even though the bar had been raised much higher due to the criteria including ‘Coronavirus-safe’ measures.
In whole numbers, the Comunidad Valenciana holds more blue flags than anywhere else in Spain, which holds more than anywhere else in the world, at 148, followed by Andalucía at 120 – which is logical, given that these two regions have the longest coastlines.
The Balearics lost the most flags, with Menorca being stripped of four and Ibiza of two, and three marinas losing theirs, giving a net loss of nine – but it still has 54 blue-flag beaches and ports, with 39 on the largest island of Mallorca, 10 in Ibiza and five in Menorca.
Although 80 beaches, yacht marinas and cruise ports lost last year’s flags, another 23 gained new ones, leaving a net increase of 19 on last year’s 669, giving a total of 688, of which 589 were for beaches.
In our province of Alicante the list of blue-flag beaches and ports are numerous, and include the beach on the island of Tabarca. They are found in Alicante city itself (Postiguet, L’Albufereta, Saladar-Urbanova, and San Juan). In Altea: Cap Blanc, La Roda, L’Espigó. Benidorm: Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas. Benissa: Fustera. Calpe: Cantal Roig, La Fossa, Arenal-Bol. Elche: Arenals del Sol-Sur, Carabassí, L’Altet, La Marina, Les Pesqueres-El Rebollo. Finestrat: La Cala. Guardamar del Segura: Centre, El Moncaio, La Roqueta. L’Alfàs del Pi: Racó de l’Albir. Pilar de la Horadada: Conde, Higuericas, Jesuitas, Mil Palmeras, Puerto, Rocamar. Santa Pola: Calas del Este, Calas Santiago Bernabéu, Levante, Tamarit, Varador. Teulada-Moraira: El Portet, L’Ampolla, Les Plagetes. Jávea: Arenal, Granadella, La Grava. Dénia: Les Bovetes, Les Deveses, Las Marinas, Marineta Cassiana, Els Molins, Punta del Raset. El Campello: Carrer de la Mar Mutxavista. Benitatxell: Cala del Moraig. Villajoyosa: Bol Nou, Ciutat-Centre, La Caleta, Paradís, Varadero: Torrevieja: Cabo Cervera, Cala de las Piteras, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Náufragos, Torrelamata-Sur. Orihuela: Aguamarina, Barranco Rubio, Cabo Roig-La Caleta, Cala Capitán, Cala Cerrada, Cala Estaca, Cala Mosca, Campoamor, La Zenia-Cala Bosque, Mil Palmeras, Punta Prima.