WHAT DO THE FLAGS ON THE SPANISH BEACHES MEAN?

Spain still remains on the top when it comes to popular European holiday destinations, especially for it´s beautiful beaches that attract tourists from all around the world to relax in the sunshine on summer holidays.

Being awarded by the European Environmental Foundation (EEF), you´ll find a Blue Flag in most of the beaches and marinas in Spain, with mild temperatures, warm waters, magnificent palm groves, beach bars and most importantly, Spanish tapas and paella.

BLUE FLAG BEACH – BEACH STATE IDENTIFICATIONblue flag award

The blue flag stands for quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria.

It is a certification owned and given by the European Environmental Foundation to the best beaches according to the factors stated above and it´s considered an award, issued on an annual basis.

Once again, Spain remains at the top of the list, holding the top 1 position for almost 30 years now. So, if you´re looking to visit some of the best beaches in the world, grab your swimsuit and come to Spain! You can choose from over 500 beaches and 100 marina resorts with crystal-clear waters, coves, cliffs, broad stretches of sand, all bathed in radiant sunshine.

WATER CONDITION SPANISH BEACHES

Once you get to the beach, you´ll probably nottice a coloured flag, usually a green one but sometimes a yellow or red one. Now, what does this stand for?

green flag allowed to swimGREEN FLAG

The green flag is the most common one on all Spanish beaches and it obviously stands for safe conditions, meaning that bathing is permitted and you can go for a nice swim in our calm waters under the Spanish sun.

yellow flag dangerYELLOW FLAG

The yellow flag usually means that there is some sort of danger such as rough sea, polution, jellyfish, etc. When it´s because of jellyfish, you may also see a specific white flag with jellyfish signs on it.

This does not mean that bathing is prohibited, but there are restrictions and you should be careful. If you decide to go into the water, you need to make sure you can always touch the bottom and keep your head above water at all times.

red flag prohibited to swimRED FLAG

When you see a red flag, don´t even think of going into the water, it´s completely prohibited. The red flag is used when people´s lives are put at risk if they go into the water. Lets just say that if there´s a red flag and you decide to go into the water, you may never come back out alive.

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