THE EUROPEAN country with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches has been announced.
This is good news for Brits as it is one of the countries closest to the UK and one of our favorite holiday destinations.
Spain has retained its title as the world’s leading beach hotspot, continuing its 30-year winning streak.
It has 627 Blue Flag beaches, more than any other country in the world.
Blue Flag beaches have been awarded based on factors such as accessibility, biodiversity, safety and water quality.
When a beach has that coveted status, you’re likely to find clean water, a clean shoreline, accessible for all, and top-notch safety facilities.
The Valencian Community has 153 Blue Flag beaches – more than any other region in Spain.
Andalusia comes second with 148 Blue Flags, followed by Galicia with 125 and Catalonia with 120.
Examples of Blue Flag beaches are Playa de Muro in Mallorca and Puerto Banus in Marbella.
In addition to beaches, Spain also has 97 Blue Flag marinas and five Blue Flag tourist boats.
The shortest flight from the UK to Spain is London to Oviedo and takes 1 hour and 55 minutes in the air.
Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey Spainsaid: “Spain’s reputation as a world leader in terms of the quality of its beaches is a major tourist draw.
“Spanish beaches attract holidaymakers from all over the world, as well as second-home owners looking to live by the sea.”
Following to Spain Greece has 581 blue flag beaches and Turkey has 397 beaches.
Meanwhile, recent research out AVISan international car hire company, has identified the most secluded beaches in all of Spain.
One of the most beautiful hidden beaches is Ezaro Beach on the west coast of Spain with crystal clear water and long sandy beaches.
It also remains largely untouched, being surrounded by cliffs and only accessible on foot.
Vacationers can swim, sunbathe and surf at this tranquil beach.
In addition to Ezaro beach, there are several other secluded beaches on the list, including Os Frades beach on the north-west coast, Cala Forn beach on the Costa Brava and Ladeira beach on Spain’s west coast.
There are several others lesser known beaches also scattered throughout the country – including Cala Pedrosa which is 800m walk from the main border.
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