Longing for the beach…
If you’re longing for the beach, then you are spoilt for choice in Portugal!
The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators. To qualify for the prestigious Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
Portugal is very proud to have received the accolade for 360 Blue Flag beaches for 2020, 8 more than in 2019.
The Algarve region again flies the most Blue Flags, it is at the top of the list with 87 in total. The region has thirteen municipalities with award-winning beaches, two Blue Centres - Loulé and Faro and 125 Environmental Education activities.
Following the Algarve is the north with 76, the Tejo region - 57, the centre - 46, the Azores - 42, Alentejo - 36 and Madeira with 16.
The Blue Flags are never taken for granted – the Algarve is quite simply spoilt for beaches. Its long coastline offers an amazing mix of soft golden sand and hidden coves, often scattered with limestone caves and grottoes. They are frequently regarded as Europe’s finest beaches - the climate and atmosphere are the Mediterranean, but the sea is the Atlantic so good waves and water sports can be enjoyed in addition to traditional bucket and spade activities for the children. Some beaches and islands off the Ria Formosa are only accessible by boat, further adding to the charm.
Portugal is the fifth most decorated country in Europe for officially recognised Blue Flag beaches. This award is given annually to beaches and resorts that meet the criteria set out by the European Foundation for Environmental Education to do with environmental management, safety, amenities and water quality. You can be sure when you see the Blue Flag flying that you are on a beach officially recognised for its cleanliness and safety.
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