ALMERIA’S beaches will fly 29 blue flags this summer, two more than last year.
Spain’s non-profit environmental education association (ADEAC) hands out the awards to beaches which meet its cleanliness standards.
Roquetas de Mar remains the most decorated town with six blue flag beaches, although its port, the province’s longest standing blue flag holder, lost its award.
Carboneras stood out from the rest after bagging three additional flags, with Los Barquicos, Los Cocones, Las Marinicas, el Corral and El Ancon beaches all making the grade.
Almeria capital’s San Miguel Cabo de Gata beach has regained the flag it lost in 2017 which it had previously held for many years.
It was bad news for Vera, Mojacar and Pulpi which all had flags axed, the latter on both Mar Serena and Los Nardos beaches.
And Vera lost its only flag gained last year at Marinas Bolaga beach.
Poniente and Levante de Almerimar beaches in El Ejido have regained their blue flags which – adding to Balerma and San Miguel – take the town’s total to four.
Spain’s ADEAC beach inspector is affiliated with the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (FEEE) which has handed blue flags to beaches throughout Europe since 1987.