Record Number of Blue Flags Beaches in Spain

• Spain retains top spot in this year’s Blue Flag Awards

• Tenerife attracts beachgoers with impressive 15 Blue Flags

With the results of this year’s Blue Flag awards hot off the press, Spain and Portugal’s coastlines are looking even more inviting to those wishing to dip their toes into clean waters.

The highly sought-after accolades are awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) across almost 50 countries worldwide. Blue Flag beaches are judged on four different categories: water quality, safety and services, environmental management, and environmental education and information.

Attaining Blue Flag status is seen as the gold standard for beaches and is widely recognised as an indication of the high environmental and quality standards of the beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators. Blue Flags are only awarded to the world’s cleanest, most pristine beaches.

With a world record 577 Blue Flag’s awarded to Spanish beaches last year (beating their own record of 573 in 2014), it is without a doubt that the Mediterranean country is host to the world’s most pristine beaches. 2016 has proved no different with Spain retaining its top spot adding another 9 Blue Flag beaches to its ever-growing roster.


Leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España are delighted with the results and have witnessed a surge of interest in seafront properties accompanying the Blue Flag announcement.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España comments,

“We were very excited to hear that Spain has maintained its beach rankings as the best in the world. With the gorgeous Calpe, Alfás del Pi, El Campello and San Juan beaches keeping their Blue Flag status for the past 30 years, it was no surprise to us that the demand for beachfront properties have skyrocketed.”

With one in five Spanish beaches flying a Blue Flag this year, the demand for beachfront properties are on the rise. Situated on the beautiful Punta Prima beach near Blue Flag holder Los Naufragos on the Costa Blanca, Panorama Mar is an exciting new seafront development. The residential complex offers stylish two and three bedroom apartments all with two bathrooms, air conditioning, underfloor heating as well as an underground car parking space. The apartments have been designed for comfort and convenience and boast three swimming pools including a luxurious infinity pool and relaxing Jacuzzi as well as a paddling pool and playground for children. Prices start from just €234,000 with all apartments in the first phase south facing with picturesque terraces and breath-taking sea views.

Indeed Spain’s perennially-popular Costa Blanca is lined with Blue Flags. Close to Blue Flag beach Ciutat, the brand new La Vila Paradís apartments and townhouses enjoy a stunning location. Altet International Airport (Alicante) is just 30 minutes away and the port and seaside promenade of the traditional fishing town is welcoming with its own special charm. Situated on the beachfront with direct access to Paraíso beach, La Vila Paradis boasts a pool, private parking and beautiful communal gardens. A variety of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available, the ground floor of which have private gardens, as well as 3 bedroom townhouses, all with wonderful views. The penthouses include basement parking and storage. Properties are priced from €248,000.

Spain’s Canary Islands have also had great success in the Blue Flag awards accepting 66 Blue Flags with Tenerife receiving an impressive 15 Flags, an increase of 4 since 2015.

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