Spain is home to more Blue Flag Beaches than anywhere else in the world, making it incredibly popular with Brits during the summer months.
The short-haul destination has 669 Blue Flag Beaches at last count, with the award recognising pure waters, clean coastlines, safety and accessible locations.
Some 566 beaches, along with 98 marinas and five ports made the list, including popular destinations in Ibiza, Majorca, the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.
For comparison, the UK has 71 Blue Flag beaches this year, and 128 Blue Flag seaside spots in total – more than 40 of which can be found in Wales.
The latest awards mean that one in six of all Blue Flag designated beaches can currently be found in Spain, while the Blue Flag flies over one in every five Spanish beaches.
From Galicia in the north-west to the Basque coastline in the north and the Mediterranean coastline to the east and south, you’ll find Blue Flag beaches in the majority of Spain’s coastal regions.
Las Island Cies, in Galicia, an archipelago off the coast, is home to one of the world’s best beaches – once named the best by the Guardian newspaper – but don’t expect to see cars or hotels, or too many people as visitor numbers are strictly limited.
Other notable beaches include the sands at Barcelona, and others near Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Andalusia.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than 15 million Brits flocked to Spain in 2018, with around nine in ten of those trips for leisure purposes.
The data shows that France and Italy are also popular, while Poland saw a sizeable increase in British visitor numbers last year.
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Date Created: 29/07/2019