Do you Know which are 39 Blue Flag Beaches in 2023 in Málaga?
The province achieved 47 distinctions that include marinas and sustainable vessels (three more than last year), but loses the inland beach of Ardales due to lack of water
One of every seven Blue Flags in the world is in Spain. In 2023, 148 recognitions were given in Andalusia, and 47 of them in Málaga. Our country is the best in the world regarding the Blue Flag distinction and it gets more recognitions every year.
The Blue Flag recognition was launched in France in 1985 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (EFEE) "with the aim to distinguish those beaches which meet and maintain "a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria", according to this organization. In Spain, the Association for Environmental Education and Education of Consumers (ADEAC in Spanish) is in charge of assessing the candidates and carrying out the inspections.
The criteria which have to be met by the beaches are divided in four groups: environmental information and education, water quality (based on the European Bathing Water Directive), environmental management (especially concerning the Coastal Law), safety and services.
This is the list of 36 Blue Flag beaches in the province town by town:
- Algarrobo: Algarrobo Costa.
- Ardales: Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir.
- Benalmádena: Fuente de la Salud, Torrebermeja-Santa Ana.
- Casares: Ancha.
- Fuengirola: Boliches-Gaviotas, Carvajal, Castillo Fuengirola (Fuengirola Castle).
- Málaga: Caleta, El Dedo, El Palo, Malagueta, Misericoria, Pedregalejo and San Andrés.
- Manilva: Sabinillas.
- Marbella: Adelfas-Alicate, Casablanca, El Cable, El Faro, Puerto Banús-Levante, La Fontanilla, Nagüeles, San Pedro de Alcántara (Guadalmina), Venus-Bajadilla.
- Mijas: Calahonda I (Royal Beach – La Luna), El Bombo, La Cala., El Chaparral.
- Nerja: Burriana, Maro, Torrecilla, Playazo-Chucho.
- Torremolinos: Los Álamos.
- Torrox: El Morche, Ferrara.
- Vélez-Málaga: Benajarafe, La Caleta (Seafront) and Torre del Mar.
As for marinas, Málaga has six of them with the Blue Flag in Benalmádena, Caleta de Vélez (Vélez-Málaga), Estepona, La Duquesa (Manilva), Marbella andPuerto José Banús (Marbella). Moreover there are two sustainable vessels with this distinction: Magic Vision catamaran and Starfish II.
The beaches of La Fontanilla and Nagüeles en Marbella, El Chaparral in Mijas, andl Playazo – Chucho in Nerja were added to this list this year.