Spain continues as world leader in Blue Flag beaches after 30 years

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Playa Arenal-Bol in Calp, Alicante - Blue Flag Beach in 2024 in Spain

In 2024, Spain proudly secures eleven additional blue flag beaches, solidifying its position as a global leader for three decades in the program that was in 1987.

With a total of 638 coastal areas across the nation, Spain maintains its remarkable status in beach sustainability. The Valencian Community retains its title as the region with the highest number of blue flags, boasting 159—six more than the previous year. Following closely are Andalusia with 156 flags, an increase of eight from 2023, Galicia maintaining its count at 125, and Catalonia with 118, a slight decrease from the previous year.

"The continuity of Spain's three-decade reign as the world's top holder of blue flags is a testament to collective effort across all administrative levels," emphasized Rosario Sánchez Grau, Secretary of State for Tourism, during her inaugural press conference. "Our dominance in blue flags not only underscores our prowess in tourism but also reflects our commitment to sustainability on a global scale."

The Environmental and Consumer Education Association (Adeac), the driving force behind the Blue Flag program, unveiled the complete list of distinctions in Madrid this Tuesday. The total count reaches 747, marking an increase of 18 from 2023, encompassing awards for beaches (638, eleven more than the previous year), marinas (102, five more than in 2023), and tourist boats (seven, two more than the previous season).

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