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Blue Flag Beaches on the Costa Tropical

Playa Puerta del Mar, Almuñecar  © Michelle Chaplow
Playa Puerta del Mar, Almuñecar

Blue Flag Beaches on the Costa Tropical

Find below a list of the beaches of Costa Tropical (west to east) that have been awarded a Blue Flag for the summer season (mid June to mid September) in each year since 2014. Read about the Blue Flag system.

As the Blue flag awards have grown over the years the requirments have also grown. Each town hall submits an application in the autumn of the previous year and commits to not just clean bathing water but showers, life-guards, signage and environmental awareness programmes. It has become necessary for town halls to carefully select the potential Blue Flag beaches for the necessary infrastructure investment in preparation for the Blue Flag application. The successful applications are listed below, unsucessful applications are not published. The quiet and perhaps perhaps isolated 'virgin' beaches enjoyed by many can not, by definition, be awarded a Blue flag.

In 2021 the Costa Tropical boasts a record of 11 Blue Flag beaches. Almuñecar alone has six Blue flag beaches. Playa Granada in Motril is the only beach that has held the award every year since 2014. It is good to see the beautiful Salobreña joining the awards with La Guardia beach in 2021.

Destination Beach 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Almuñecar La Herradura N N N N N N N Y
  Marina del Este N N N N N N N Y
  San Cristobal N N N N N N N Y
  Velilla N N N N N N N Y
Salobreña La Guardia N N N N N N N Y
Gualchos Sotillo - Castell N N N N N N N Y
  Puerto del Mar N N N N N N Y Y
Motril Playa Granada Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
  Carchuna Y Y Y N N N N N
  Torrenueva Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
  Del Cañon-La Pelá N N N N N N N Y
  Calahonda Y Y N N N Y Y Y



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