The Best Beach Areas in Spain

It has just published the latest study of the Association of Environmental Education and Consumer (ADEAC) detailing the 684 destinations that have achieved the distinctive “Blue flag” (two less than in 2016). In total it is 579 beaches, 100 marinas and 5 tourist boats. Spain leads the world ranking followed by Greece, France, Turkey, Italy and Portugal. Nothing less than one out of every six blue flags on the planet belongs to our country’s coastline.

To facilitate the choice of holidaymakers, a complementary list created by GoEuro has emerged. The list includes the best beaches in Spain, elaborated from the towns that have obtained at least 5 beaches with “Blue Flag” in 2017 and five other criteria.

In total, a total of 27 beach areas have been defined analyzing how optimal is the accessibility in means of transport, possibility and quality of water sports, its climate, diversity of options to go out at night and its cost of life adapted to the relation quality/ Price. With all this has been developed the ranking with the best areas of beach Spain 2017.

Valencia: The best beach area in Spain

The Valencian Community, and more specifically its capital, are positioned at the head of the ranking of better Spanish coasts. Valencia has nothing more and nothing less than 129 blue flags, followed by Galicia (113), Catalonia (95) and Andalusia (90). The slight reduction with respect to 2016 in some areas is because the regulation is more restrictive, so in fact following the criteria last year, the quality has improved as the requirements for wastewater and bathing areas have hardened.

Valencia Capital has a total of 7 blue flag-awarded beaches, an enviable climate and easy access from anywhere in Spain. In fact year after year it is the favorite place of hundreds of thousands of locals who choose the city to spend their holidays, whether for their aquatic activities, their gastronomy or their intense recreational offer. It is less than three hours drive from Madrid and just over half an hour on AVE.

Malvarrosa and Cabanal are two urban beaches linked by a colorful promenade with a lot of atmosphere, however, for those who seek tranquility is better to travel (half an hour by public transport) to the beach of Saler.

Top 10 destinations for summer holidays

According to GoEuro Santa Pola is the most accessible beach area in Spain. To reach this conclusion has taken into account the distance from the nearest airport and the means of transport that you have to catch to get to it. To go to Santa Pola from Alicante Airport you only need 10 minutes by bus. The second beach near an airport is located in Barcelona (16 minutes) and Valencia (22 minutes).

The most economical beach areas are Arteixo and Cartagena

Taking into account the cost of renting an apartment in the holiday season, a basic food basket and a menu in an average restaurant, a list of more economical locations has been made to go to the beach. This list is headed by the small town of Arteixo (world headquarters of the Inditex group) and Cartagena. Other locations are following such as Orihuela, Elche, Cangas do Morrazo, Oleiros, Roquetas de Mar, Vigo, Torrevieja, Valencia and Boiro.

The public’s favorite is L’Ametlla de Mar

Through his blog and social networks GoEuro conducted a survey to choose the beach area that most liked tourists, and the winner was the town of L’Ametlla de Mar Tarragona, which has the stunning blue flag beaches of Calafató , Sant Jordi D’Alfama, Cala Forn, Pixavaques and L’Alguer. The following in the list are Foz in Lugo and Águilas in Murcia, Cangas de Morrazo, Calvia, Rota, Barreiros, Mazarrón, Lloret de Mar and Barcelona.

The 100 best European cities with beach

As a complement to the destination study of national beaches, GoEuro has carried out an analysis of more than 1000 cities across Europe to achieve the 100 best European cities for summer getaways.

At the head of the ranking with a score of 98 over 100 is located Alicante.

Alicante triumphs for its intense nightlife, excellent accessibility and aquatic activities. It has good value for money, excellent food, unbeatable weather, security and pretty much anything the tourist needs. It is followed by Catania in Italy, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Split in Croatia, Palermo, Genoa and Alghero in Italy and closing the top 10 the French Marseille and Cannes.

The criteria that have continued to Go Euro to prepare the lists, among others, are:

  • Beaches area: Beach towns or cities with 5 or more blue flags according to the classification of ADEAC of 2017.
  • Accessibility: It has been measured the distance between the airport and the beach area and the means of transport that should be used, scoring downward in the case of having to take transshipment.
  • Climate: Based on the environmental and water temperature data in June, July and August according to the State meteorological Agency.
  • Nightlife: Taking as reference TripAdvisor has calculated the number, quality and variety of night activities.
  • Cost of living: The cost of a holiday rental, a menu and the average basket has been taken into account.
  • Water sports: The offer has been calculated according to the portal Yumping.

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