Once again, the beaches of the Costa del Sol have been recognised for their excellence, exceeding the number of flags awarded last year.
The good state of preservation, the level of services and the water quality have resulted in the province of Málaga being able to proudly fly a total of 26 blue flags in 2018, helping Spain to stay on top of the worldwide ranking.
Do you want to know which ones they are? We’ll take you on a tour of all of them
Blue flags on the eastern Costa del Sol: Torox - Algarrobo - vélez-Málaga
With its exceptional tropical climate, recognised as the best in Europe, Torrox has a paradise by the sea with Playa de Ferrara, which has been awarded this label year after year. The next town along, Algarrobo, also received its blue flag in 2018 for the beach Algarrobo Costa. Vélez-Málaga adds another flag to its list, which includes the beaches of Benajarafe and Torre del Mar, with the inclusion of La Caleta. The beach in Torre del Mar, stretching over 2,000 metres, offers services and children’s play areas, making it perfect for a family day out.
All of these beaches belong to the Axarquía region, where you can enjoy natural landscapes, whitewashed villages, magnificent local gastronomy and an extensive artistic heritage. Inland and coastal areas are perfectly combined in this region.
Blue flags on the western Costa del Sol: Torremolinos - Benalmádena - Mijas - Fuengirola
Towards the west, at the beginning of the western coast of the Costa del Sol, we can find the beach of Los Álamos in Torremolinos, which is perfect for kitesurfing or relaxing at one of the beach bars or chill out bars next to the promenade. The charming beach La Fuente de la Salud in Benalmádena lives up to its name, meaning the source of health, whilst Torrebermeja - Santa Ana boasts palm gardens that border on the sand.
The beautiful town of Mijas, with its houses built into the hillside, offers a privileged environment. As well as the two beaches of Calahonda and El Bombo, La Cala is once again one of the best beaches in Andalusia.
Fuengirola is also in this list with four beaches: Boliches-Gaviotas, Carvajal, Fuengirola and Castillo. Equipped with a wide range of services, they are ideal for family tourism.
Blue flags on the western Costa del Sol: Marbella - Estepona - Casares - Manilva
Marbella, with its exclusive, glamorous environment, gives you the impeccable town beaches of Casablanca and El Faro with their beach clubs, contrasting with a feeling of freedom and connection with nature in the dunes of Artola – Cabopino, declared a natural monument. Not forgetting Playa de Guadalmina in San Pedro de Alcántara, the ideal choice for a family outing.
The garden of the Costa del Sol, Estepona, is the perfect destination to enjoy excellent beaches like La Rada, El Cristo or El Padrón, the latter being a bit further away, which will delight those who are looking for some peace and quiet. We can also mention Arroyo Vaquero, another quiet beach, perfect for those who want to relax and enjoy the sea.
Manilva with the extensive, accessible Playa Ancha, which is a beautiful, well-looked-after beach between Sabinillas and Casares, stretching 1,300 m along the coast and 50 metres wide, rounds up this ranking of beaches that have been awarded the blue flag in 2018.
There are more than 160 kilometres of coastline to discover. Now it’s your turn!