Spain has once again beaten its record of blue flags, 615 of which will fly next summer on the coast. This is 25 more than it achieved in 2020 , “which reflects the  quality of the waters, the high level of beach services and safety, and the facilities that they can offer to visitors”, according to the announcement made on Tuesday by the Association of Environmental and Consumer Education (Adeac), the promoter of the initiative.

The Valencian Community continues to lead the ranking with a total of 153 blue flags, 137 for its beaches and 16 for its ports, but within the community it is the Alicante Province that tops the lists with 74 flags for its beaches. The Valencia Province has 31 blue flags while Castellón has 32.

A further 12 ports and marina’s have also been awarded with the blue flag in the province of Alicante.

Meanwhile, Orihuela continues to be the municipality that has accumulated the most awards for its beaches, with a total of 11.

The Murcia Region has kept the number of blue flags at 26, the same as in 2020. By municipality, there are 9 in Águilas (Calarreona, La Carolina, La Casica Verde, La Colonia, La Higuerica, Las Delicias, Levante, Matalentisco and Poniente), 8 in Mazarrón (Alamillo, Bahía, Mojón, Puerto, Grande-Castellar, Nares, Percheles and Rihuete), 6 in Cartagena (Cala Cortina, Isla Plana, La Azohía-El Cuartel, La Chapineta, Levante-Cabo de Palos and San Ginés) and 1 in Lorca (Calnegre), San Javier (Ensenada del Esparto) and San Pedro del Pinatar .

A further 6 blue flags have been awarded to marinas at the Nautical Club and the Juan Montiel Sports Port (Águilas), the Regatta Club and the Mazarrón Sports Port, the Marina Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar and the Real Club de Regatas de Cartagena.