Spain maintains the first world position of blue flags and rises 12 with respect to 2017, as reported on Tuesday by the Association for Environmental and Consumer Education (Adeac). By provinces, Alicante, Pontevedra and Baleares are the three provinces that group the most distinctions. By autonomous communities, the Valencian Community, Galicia, Catalonia are the only ones that exceed 100.
The concessions have grown above all in Andalusia (seven more beaches than in 2017) and Catalonia (six more), and their decline has been especially noticeable in Galicia and Melilla, with four fewer in each. Madrid appears for the first time in the list, with a beach with the blue badge. Murcia wins one, until 25, compared to last year. In 2017, the region had lost 16 blue flags in just one year.
The list of beaches shows 50 destinations with the blue flag that did not have it in 2017, compared to 40 that have lost it in this period. Among them, the iconic Barceloneta, although the province of Barcelona has won the most, with eight new destinations, unlike A Coruña, which has lost ten. The interior provinces of Badajoz, Madrid and Álava each have an interior beach. Gipuzkoa is the only coastal territory without any of these distinctions.