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The Canary Islands have received this year 64 awards for their beaches from the Blue Flag program, in total 8 awards more than in the 2020 edition.
Spain has obtained a total of 713 'Blue Flags' (615 beaches, 96 marinas and 2 awarded for sustainable tourist boats) that will fly from June of this year on the Spanish coasts, which means 25 more than last year. Out of this total, 64 will be in the Canary Islands.
Spain has maintained its international leadership in terms of Blue Flag Beaches since 1994.
What are Blue Flag beaches?
Blue Flag is a recognition awarded to those beaches and marinas that meet the criteria of excellence in the quality of bathing water, comply with environmental regulations, and have adequate health and safety infrastructure to guarantee the health and safety of their users.
There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands, but it's also good to know that there are so many places that also meet the criteria of safety in terms of water quality, public safety and preserving the environment.
The Canary Islands, along with Andalusia, were the only two autonomous communities in Spain that have been awarded new Blue Flags in 2021 compared to the previous years. In the rest of the autonomous communities, the number of Blue Flags remains unchanged.
Gran Canaria: 2
Besides the Blue Flag beach distinction, special prizes are awarded to municipalities that make an additional effort, in different regards.
In 2021 the thematic distinction for Lifeguard and First Aid was awarded to the municipalities of Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz) and Muro (Balearic Islands); the category in Inclusive Beaches to the municipalities of Arnuero (Cantabria), Arona (Tenerife) and Santa Eularia del Río (Balearic Islands) and the thematic distinction in Environmental Education to the municipalities of Arucas (Gran Canaria), Conil de la Frontera (Cádiz) and Gandía (Valencia) .