Six Blue Flag beaches for the south

The Blue Flag environmental program announced last week that the Canary Islands have been awarded 48 Blue Flags for beaches and 5 for marinas this year.

It is also the first time that all the 7 islands have blue flags.

In total, 29 municipalities in the Canary Islands have been awarded the Blue Flag. The island of Gran Canaria received the highest number with 15 blue flags for its beaches,  Tenerife 12, Lanzarote 5,  Fuerteventura 8, La Palma 5, La Gomera 2 and the Island of El Hierro, 1.

When it came to marinas, Gran Canaria won 2 Blue Flags, Lanzarote 1, and Tenerife 2, making Gran Canaria the island most recognized for water quality and beach cleanliness, among other factors considered.

The Blue Flag Program was implemented in Spain in 1987 and the following year when Islas Canarias joined, in it’s first edition in 1988, the archipelago received three flags in the municipalities of Adeje (Playa de Troya), San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Playa del Inglés) and Santiago del Teide (Playa de La Arena). La Playa de Arena and Playa del Inglés celebrate this year their 30th year of uninterrupted annual blue flag awards. In 2000, there were already 22 flags awarded in 16 municipalities on 5 of our islands.

Gran Canaria awarded 15 flags for beaches

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Las Canteras.
San Bartolomé de Tirajana: San Agustín, Maspalomas, Meloneras, El Inglés.
Telde: Hoya del Pozo, Salinetas and Melenara and also La Garita beach ( new flag).
Mogán: Amadores, Mogán.
Arucas: El Puertillo, Los Charchones.
Gáldar: La Sardina ( new Flag )
Villa de Agüimes: Arinaga  ( new flag )

In spite of the Canary Islands Institutional notice still having a glitch stating otherwise, unfortunately Patalavaca beach in Arguineguin, Mogán did not receive a blue flag in this edition due to lacking toilet facilities as well as lifeguard posts

Marinas on Gran Canaria with blue flags are Mogán with the Puerto deportivo de Mogán in Arguineguin and in San Bartolomé de Tirajana; Puerto deportivo Pasito Blanco.

Overall Spain received 586 Blue Flags on their beaches, 100 for marinas and 5 for boats.

The Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas. When you see a Blue Flag flying, you know a beach or marina has been certified as clean and accessible; has great water quality; meets high safety standards; and is working hard to protect local shorelines and ecosystems.
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