The distinction of the “Blue Flag” is granted by the European Foundation for Environmental Education, based on criteria such as water quality, information and environmental education presented by the beaches, environmental management, safety, and services.
Spain leads this distinction worldwide and this year it has added 16 new beaches to the list, reaching a total of 621 blue beaches. In addition to the beaches, Spain also has 103 leisure ports and 5 tourist boats with the distinction.
Within Spain, the Valencian Community leads the national position with Alicante in the first place. A total of 91 Blue Flags, thanks to the efforts of the local community to ensure that we can all enjoy clean and safe environments.
Among the Alicante municipalities with the highest number of distinctions is Orihuela, which has 12 beaches. It is followed by Denia and Santa Pola tied with 7, Pilar de la Horadada and Torrevieja with 6, and Alicante and La Villajoyosa with 5. Other regions such as Benidorm, Altea, Calpe and Guardamar del Segura, among others, also have Blue Flags.
Whether you live in Alicante or if you decide to visit the province, here is one more reason to get to know and enjoy the wide range of beautiful beaches and the services they have to offer.