Spain leads the world for quality beaches

Spain safely holds onto its title as the country with the most blue-flag beaches in the world.

Spain leads the world for quality beaches
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Spain will be able to fly blue-flags at a total of 579 of its beaches this summer, once again leading the world in the number of quality bathing spots along its vast coastline.

Blue-flags are awarded to those beaches that meet demands on issues such as hygiene, sanitary conditions, safety, accessibility and the prevision of lifeguards.

Although Spain is once again the top country worldwide for blue-flags awarded by the Association for Environmental Education and the Consumer (ADEAC), a place it has held for three decades since the awards began in 1987, it was actually awarded seven blue-flags fewer than last year.

The region of Valencia on the east coast of Spain boasts the most number of quality beaches in Spain with 129 winning the rating, while Galicia (northwestern Spain) has 113, the Catalonia (northeastern Spain), 95 and Andalusia in the south, 90.

Murcia was the region that forfeited the most blue-flags, losing 16 classifications.

Spain also won 100 flags for its marinas and five for its cruise ship ports meaning the country will be able to fly a total of 684 blue-flags along its coast line.

Greece is second this year, followed by France, Turkey, Italy and Portugal in that order, out of the world total of 49 countries – all in the northern hemisphere.

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Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia