Spain comes out top in Blue Flag Awards


NEWCASTLE, England – The Blue Flag Programme has awarded its prestigious “Blue Flag” recognition to 603 of Spain’s best beaches – the Canary Islands alone have been awarded 38, an increase on 2010’s numbers.

Huge increase in interest in Spain has been noticed since the beginning of the year, with holiday packages to Tenerife and other islands in the Canaries garnering particular focus thanks to the high quality of its stunning white sand beaches, turquoise waters and fabulous climate.

Ian Raine of, comments: “Spain has always been a favourite with our customers, who are drawn there by the country’s stellar reputation as a tourist haven. Spain’s beaches seem to improve every year and travellers are hard pressed to find more beautiful seaside resorts in Europe. This recent announcement from the Blue Flag Programme reaffirms Spain’s position as beach capital of the world.”

The Blue Flag is a highly prized, international award that recognises the water quality, cleanliness, safety, accessibility and services provided by beaches. The award is conferred upon beaches across the globe by The Blue Flag Programme and its international judging panel. This award will mean that one in every six flags awarded across the world will fly on the Spanish coastline, and that one in every six of Spain’s beaches will fly the blue flag this year. The announcement of this year’s results also means that Spain will retain the accolade of having the most Blue Flag beaches worldwide.

Raine continues: “Spain has been awarded the most Blue Flags worldwide year after year, due in no small part to the government’s focus on catering to the tourism industry. The quality of Spain’s beaches has been steadily improving for quite some time and this, along with a decline in holiday costs, has and will continue to tempt travellers back to its golden shores.”