A guide to Blue Flag beaches in Spain in 2020

Spain is a world leader when it comes to beaches. Let's find out which Spanish coasts are home to the most beaches with Blue Flags this summer 2020.

Spain is home to some of the world's best Blue Flag beaches / flickr.com/photos/132571633@N04/19299420075
Spain is home to some of the world's best Blue Flag beaches / flickr.com/photos/132571633@N04/19299420075
8 July 2020, Redaction

The famous Blue Flag has been identifying the best beaches in the world for over 30 years. The criteria for this highly recognised award of this distinction range from water quality to services and facilities, including environmental management by the authorities.

Spain has the privilege of leading the world ranking (and has done since 1987) with 589 Blue Flag beaches in Spain in 2020. The quality of Spain's beaches and ports is growing year after year and this summer Spain has obtained 23 new Blue Flags.

When thinking about your summer holidays, the best thing to do is to play it safe and head to a destination that will only bring you pleasant surprises, destinations perfect for social distancing in the sun. For this reason, we've put together a guide detailing the municipalities with the largest number of Blue Flag beaches in Spain. Rent a holiday home in one of these destinations for summer 2020 with the guarantee that you will be able to enjoy quality beaches, with healthy and safe waters for all the family.

Sanxenxo in Pontevedra

Praia de Areas / Wikimedia commons
Praia de Areas / Wikimedia commons

The Galician municipality of Sanxenxo has 17 beaches with blue flags and has become the most distinctive Spanish holiday destinations. The merits of these beaches are the quality of their waters (despite the fact that many people consider them a little too cold for bathing), the access to the beaches, children's activities, lifeguards and rescue stations. In addition, among the 17 beaches there is plenty on offer for those who enjoy calm seas, in Playa Canelas for example, and those who prefer some waves for fun, in Playa Montalvo.

The 17 blue flag beaches in Sanxenxo are:

  • Playa A Lapa
  • Playa Agra
  • Playa Areas
  • Playa Areas Gordas
  • Playa Baltar
  • Playa Bascuas
  • Playa Canelas
  • Playa Caneliñas
  • Playa Espiñeiro-A Lanzada
  • Playa Foxos
  • Playa Major
  • Playa Montalvo
  • Playa Nosa Señora da Lanzada
  • Playa Panadeira
  • Playa Paxariñas
  • Playa Pragueira
  • Playa Silgar

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Orihuela in Alicante

Playa Punta Prima in Orihuela / Wikimedia commons
Playa Punta Prima in Orihuela / Wikimedia commons

Orihuela is a municipality in the interior part of Alicante but at the same time, it does have an outlet to the sea, and forms part of the Costa Blanca. It is surrounded by orchards and mountains and if you visit it, don't forget to pay a visit to the town centre, which has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. You will find much more tranquility than in the surrounding towns of Torrevieja or Santa Pola.

The Orihuela coast is an area of open beaches, white sand and cliffs with transparent waters. In total, on the Orihuela coast you will find up to 11 beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag for the quality of their waters and services.

The 11 blue flag beaches in Orihuela are:

  • Playa Aguamarina
  • Playa Barranco Rubio
  • Playa Cabo Roig - La Caleta
  • Cala Capitán
  • Cala Cerrada
  • Cala Estaca
  • Cala Mosca
  • Playa Campoamor
  • Playa La Zenia - Cala Bosque
  • Playa Mil Palmeras
  • Playa Punta Prima

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Águilas in Murcia

Calarreona / Wikimedia commons
Calarreona / Wikimedia commons

Águilas is a breath of fresh air on the Murcian coast and is the perfect spot for those fleeing from tourist congestion. At the same time, it is the ideal destination for families looking for accessible beaches where you can easily meet up with family and friends to enjoy a full day of sun, sand and swimming. Don't think twice, this summer bet on the coast of Águilas and take note of its 9 Blue Flag beaches:

  • Playa Calarreona
  • Playa La Carolina
  • Playa La Casica Verde
  • Playa La Colonia
  • Playa La Higuerica
  • Playa Las Delicias
  • Playa Levante
  • Playa Matalentisco
  • Playa Poniente

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Vigo and the Cíes Islands in Pontevedra

Playa de Rodas / Wikimedia commons
Playa de Rodas / Wikimedia commons

With the number of beautiful beaches in the Rias Baixas area of Galicia, it is not surprising that another Pontevedra municipality appears in this ranking. When you think of the city of Vigo, it's impossible to forget about the Cíes Islands, and especially the spectacular Playa de Rodas (Rodas Beach). Many people compare this beach to any other Caribbean beach and a few years ago The Guardian newspaper named it "the best beach in the world".

But this is not the only beach on offer in Vigo. In total, this municipality boasts 10 blue flags on its beaches. So don't think twice about it and get ready to enjoy the sun, pleasant temperatures and the beautiful beaches, all part of a Galician summer.

The 10 blue flag beaches in Vigo are:

  • Playa A Punta
  • Playa Argazada
  • Playa Canido
  • Playa Carril
  • Playa Fontaiña
  • Playa Fortiñón
  • Playa O Vao
  • Playa Rodas (Cíes Islands)
  • Playa Samil
  • Playa Tombo do Gato

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