Blue Flag Beaches in the Canary Islands in 2020

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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 51 awards for their beaches from the Blue Flag program and 5 awards for marinas, in total 7 awards more than in the 2019 edition.

The Ministry of Health reports that the Canary Islands have obtained 51 Blue Flag awards for beaches, and 5 for marinas, according to the opinion of the international jury of the Blue Flag environmental program. 

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 51 Blue Flag Beaches in the Canary Islands in 2020

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 province of Las Palmas, which includes the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura Lanzarote and La Graciosa has a cumulated number of 30 Blue Flag Beaches, while the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been awarded the Blue Flag distinction for a number of 21 beaches.

Blue Flag Beaches in Gran Canaria in 2020: 15

  • 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

Blue Flag Beaches in Lanzarote in 2020: 8

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

Blue Flag Beaches in Fuerteventura in 2020: 7

  • Pájara: Butihondo, Costa Calma, El Matorral, Morro Jable
  • Puerto del Rosario: Blanca, Los Pozos, Puerto Lajas

Blue Flag Beaches in Tenerife in 2020: 12

Blue Flag Beaches in La Palma in 2020: 5

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

Blue Flag Beaches in La Gomera: 3

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

Blue Flag Beaches in El Hierro: 1

  • Pinar de El Hierro: La Restinga.

* This symbol represents that this beach is a new entry on the list in 2020.

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

Blue Flag Centers in the Canary Islands: 3

  • Interpretation Center Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria.
  • Aula de la Naturaleza Rambla de Castro, in Los Realejos, Tenerife.
  • Museo de la Restingolita in El Pinar del Hierro, El Hierro.

The requirement to become a Blue Center, in a municipality with Blue Flag beach, is the existence of a visitor center, sea or nature classroom, which includes among its objectives and activities environmental education on coastal ecosystems and / or the sustainable development, as well as specific information on the Blue Flag program.

Blue Trails in the Canary Islands: 2

  • Puerto Calero-Puerto del Carmen trail, in Tías, Lanzarote
  • Sendero del Time, in Tazacorte, La Palma

The Blue Paths are itineraries and landscape elements that link beaches or ports with the Blue Flag and contribute positively to the sustainable use of the coastline. For the awarded municipalities it is a recognition of their work in the improvement and restoration of their natural and ethnological coastal heritage.

Thematic distinctions: 1

  • Los Realejos, distinction in environmental education
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