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Discover Marbella: Spain’s Fourth Municipality with the Most Blue Flag Beaches!

May 13, 2024
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Marbella’s La Venus Beach: A Blue Flag Holder

La Venus Beach in Marbella is one of the beaches that holds a blue flag. Marbella is not only the municipality in Andalusia with the most blue flags, but it also ranks third in all of Spain for the highest number of awards when considering both beaches and ports. It is fourth if only the beaches are taken into account. Ahead of Marbella are two towns in the province of Pontevedra: Sanxenxo and Vigo, as well as Orihuela in Alicante.

Marbella Retains Leadership in Andalusia

Marbella maintains its leadership as the municipality with the most blue flags in Andalusia, according to data released this week. It repeats the eleven flags it achieved in 2023, nine of which are on beaches, including Cabopino and excluding Adelfas-Alicante, and two on ports. The gap remains at four over the total seven flags held by the towns of Rota in Cadiz and Roquetas de Mar in Almeria.

Marbella Ranks Fourth in Spain for Beach Awards

If we only consider the awards for beaches, Marbella ranks fourth in Spain, a country that leads the world in blue flags with 638 on beaches. The municipality with the most flags is Sanxenxo in Pontevedra, which has 17 on beaches, an undisputed leader since 2003. Following closely in the same province is Vigo with 12 distinctions. The third place goes to Orihuela in Alicante with ten flags, followed by Marbella, Sitges in Barcelona, and Águilas in Murcia with nine each. Behind them is Cullera in Valencia with eight.

Marbella Ranks Third in Spain for Total Flags

If we consider the total number of flags (beaches + sports ports), Marbella would be in third place in Spain, tied with Orihuela and Águilas, all with 9+2. The blue flags are a distinction that has been awarded for 37 years (since 1987) by the Association of Environmental Education and Consumer (ADEAC) and the European Federation of Environmental Education (FEE). They are granted, after annual inspections and audits, to those municipalities that apply. They must comply with a series of criteria grouped into four blocks: Environmental Information and Education, Water Quality, Environmental Management, and Safety and Services.

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