Blue Flag Beaches in the Canary Islands in 2021

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Playa Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a Blue Flag Beach

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 are 64 Blue Flag Beaches in the Canary Islands in 2021

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.

15 Blue Flag Beaches in Gran Canaria in 2021

  • Agate: Las Nieves
  • Agüimes: Arinaga
  • Arucas: El Puertillo, Los Charcones
  • Galdar: Playa Sardina
  • Ingenio: El Burrero
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Las Canteras Beach
  • San Bartolomé de Tirajana: Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas Beach, Meloneras, San Agustín
  • Telde: Hoya del Pozo, La Garita, Melenara, Salinetas

7 Blue Flag Beaches in Lanzarote in 2021

  • Arrecife: El Reducto
  • Teguise:  Las Cucharas
  • Tias: Playa Grande (Blanca), Matagorda, Pila de la Barrilla, Pocillos
  • Yaiza: Playa Blanca

10 Blue Flag Beaches in Fuerteventura in 2021

  • Pájara: Butihondo, Costa Calma, El Matorral, Morro Jable
  • Puerto del Rosario: Blanca, Los Pozos, Puerto Lajas
  • Corralejo: Corralejo Viejo, Grandes Playas, La Concha

16 Blue Flag Beaches in Tenerife in 2021

  • Adeje: El Duque, Torviscas, La Enramada, Troya I & II
  • Arona: El Camison, Playa Las Vistas
  • Garachico: El Muelle, El Caletón Natural Pools
  • Guía de Isora: La Jaquita Beach
  • Icod de Los Vinos: San Marcos
  • Los Realejos: El Socorro
  • Puerto de la Cruz: Playa Jardin, San Telmo
  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna: Arenisco Natural Pool, Bajamar Natural Pools
  • Tacoronte: La Arena (Mesa del Mar)

6 Blue Flag Beaches in La Palma in 2021

  • Breña Alta: Bajamar
  • Breña Baja: Los Cancajos
  • Los Llanos de Aridane: Charco Verde, Puerto Naos
  • Tazacorte: El Puerto de Tazacorte
  • Santa Cruz de La Palma: Santa Cruz de La Palma

3 Blue Flag Beaches in La Gomera

  • Alajeró: Santiago
  • San Sebastián de la Gomera: La Cueva, San Sebastian

Blue Flag Beaches in El Hierro

  • Pinar de El Hierro: La Restinga
  • Valverde: Timijaraque

Blue Flag Marinas in the Canary Islands: 5

Gran Canaria: 2

  • PD of Mogán, in Mogán.
  • PD Pasito Blanco, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana

Lanzarote: 1

  • Marina Puerto Calero, in Yaiza

Tenerife: 2

  • PD of Los Gigantes, in Santiago del Teide
  • Real Club Náutico de Tenerife, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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) .

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