Blue Flag Beaches

What is a Blue Flag beach? We're glad you asked! A Blue Flag certification is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education to a beach when it meets environmental standards including water quality, safety, environmental education and the provision of services. Many of our favourite countries and resorts have a number of Blue Flag beaches and we're proud to count down our 5 most popular destinations with the most Blue Flag beaches along with some of our favourite beachfront hotels...

5) Majorca - 31 Blue Flag beaches

With over 50km of golden sands lining its shores, it's no surprise that Majorca is home to 31 Blue Flag beaches. Popular choices include Alcudia Beach, found in the north of the island, which boasts a beach bar, golden sands and is disabled friendly. Cala Estancia, located just outside of Palma is a small yet picturesque beach offering a wide selection of bars and restaurants serving locally produced food and drink.

4) Cyprus - 57 Blue Flag beaches

With a huge 57 Blue Flag beaches to its name, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to top up your tan. Pissouri Beach, located in the sleepy town of the same name is covered in sand mixed with colourful pebbles and thanks to the shelter provided by Cape Aspro's cliffs, you can enjoy the sunshine breeze free. Coral Bay, found in western Cyprus offers a wide variety of watersports with diving being a top choice due to the number of stunning coves nearby.

3) Costa Blanca - 62 Blue Flag beaches

The Spanish Costa with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches, 62 to be exact, is Costa Blanca. Home to resorts such as Benidorm and Alicante, beaches here are known for their golden sands and clean waters. Llevant Beach in Salou is one of the more popular beaches with a rating of 4.5/5 on Trip Advisor, while La Marina is located just a short walk away from the nearby dune area.

2) Algarve - 84 Blue Flag beaches

With 84 certified Blue Flag beaches, Portugal's Algarve places second on our Blue Flag beach countdown. From lively beaches blanketed in golden sands to quiet, sandy coves, there are beaches for everyone here. Santa Eulaila in Albufeira is surrounded by low cliffs and a forest with pine-meek while Quarteria Beach is more commercialised and offers a wide range of eateries and shops nearby.

1) Antalya - 194 Blue Flag beaches

With a huge 194 Blue Flag beaches, Antalya is Turkey is way out in front when it comes to number of Blue Flag beaches. White sands line the majority of these beaches which are spread across many resorts in the area including Lara, Kemer and Serik. Highlights include Maxx Royal Kemer, a beach that has held Blue Flag status since 1999 and Mermerli Beach, located in the heart Antalya.