BEACHES: OUR TOP 10 BLUE FLAG BEACHES
It’s official, Spanish beaches have no reason to envy those throughout the rest of the world. A few weeks ago the worldwide ranking of Blue Flag beaches was published. Spain continues to be ranked in first place with a total of 696 flags this year (590 beaches, 101 marinas and five tourist boats).
This distinction is granted by the The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which rewards the quality of the waters, environmental education and swimmer safety. It’s the world standard for eco-quality tourism.
The region awarded with the largest number of “Blue Flag” beaches, has been the Valencian Community with 146, followed by Galicia (124), Catalonia (123) and Andalucía (115).
Therefore, this week at Boutique Hotels Spain we bring you our TOP 10 blue flag beaches. For this reason we invite you to stay in 10 of our hotels close to these award winning beaches … Although of course there will be much more for you to enjoy there than sun, sea and sand we can assure you. Let’s start!
1. PALAFRUGELL (GIRONA)
Discover the Costa Brava while staying at our hotel El Racó de Madremanyá, you will be forgiven for thinking that time has stopped in this beautiful medieval town. Just 30 minutes away by car (23km), under the sun of the Empordá you can enjoy the beaches of Tamarindo, Llanfranc and Canadell.
2. OROPESA DEL MAR (CASTELLÓN)
Discover the Costa del Azahar by staying at our hotel El Jardín Vertical. Located on a high, red stone hill, this hotel boasts privileged views of almond and olive groves, and with a little more effort you can almost see the Mediterranean. Just 30 minutes by car (25km) you can enjoy the beaches of La Conxa, Morro de Gos and Les Amplaries
3. SAGUNTO (VALENCIA)
Discover the Costa Valenciana staying at our hotel El Secanet. An oasis of tranquility surrounded by nature, with exquisite gastronomy. In less than 20 minutes by car (22 km) you will be enjoying the beaches of Corint, l’Almardá and Puerto de Sagunto We also invite you to discover the Racó de la Mar beach, in Canet de Berenguer, a stone’s throw from Puerto de Sagunto.
4. BENISSA (ALICANTE)
Discover the Costa Blanca by staying at our hotel Castell de la Solana. This hotel is nestled in a beautiful rural setting, at the foot of a mountain and within a farm of olive trees in the unique Alcalalí, with spectacular views. Just 30 minutes away by car (20 km), You can enjoy the beautiful cove of Cala Fustera.
5. NÍJAR (ALMERÍA)
Discover the Costa de Almería by staying in our hotel La Almendra y el Gitano, a luxurious rural farmhouse, located just 5 km from the coast in the unique setting of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar. Discover the beaches of San José and Agua Amarga.
6. CARBONERAS (ALMERÍA)
Due to its proximity to Níjar, and the beauty of its beaches, we also recommend visiting the beaches of Carboneras: El Ancón, Los Barquitos-Los Cocones, Las Marinicas and El Corral.
7. SANT LLUÍS (MENORCA)
Menorca, a small island known by some as paradise in the Mediterranean, surrounded by calm, turquoise waters. Discover this place of indescribable beauty while staying in our hotels Alcaufar Vell (in Sant Lluís) and Garden of Ses Bruixes (in Mahón). Menorca has a multitude of beaches and coves, we recommend you see them all, because the distances here are short, Punta Prima and Binibeca Nou are not to be missed.
8. SANXENXO (PONTEVEDRA)
Discover the Rías Baixas on the Costa de Galicia by staying at our Quinta de San Amaro. A hotel that nestles among vineyards, but which at the same time is very close to the coast. If you are partial to fine wines, then you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay. Sanjenjo has many beaches, we especially recommend these 3: Silgar, Areas and Baltar. In less than 5 minutes by car (8 km) you will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning area.
9. VILAGARCÍA DE AROUSA (PONTEVEDRA)
Our enthusiasm and love of the Rías Baixas doesn’t stop there and for this reason we also recommend that a stay at our hotel Casa A Pedreira a scarce 20 minutes by car (20 km) from the beach of Campanario, in Vilagarcía de Arousa. A haven of tranquility located in an enchanting rural setting.
10. VALDÉS (ASTURIAS)
Finally, we invite you to discover the Costa Verde by staying at our hotel La Torre de Villademoros. At just 4 km away, this hotel is the closest building to the coast in the area. You can cycle along small roads or tracks to the beach of Cadavedo. It seems to be a beach that has been waiting for you to come along and discover it. It isn’t very touristy, nature in its purest form.
We know that after seeing all of these wonderful beaches, you might not know which one to choose. Rest assured, whichever one you finally do choose you will have made a good choice. We hope you enjoyed this post, and that you we will be able to share our love of the wonders of nature by becoming your destination of choice! See you at the beach!