Total is 4 more than in 2017 and Orihuela has second most in Spain

The beaches of the Vega Baja have obtained 25 Blue Flags which will be flying from June along the coast, which is four more of the awards than last year. This makes the Vega Baja the county with the most awards in Alicante province and the most in the Valencian Community, which has more than any other region.

The Blue Flag is an annual award and a quality certification system developed by the FEE since 1987. It promotes and rewards voluntary environmental initiatives by municipal authorities, the local populace and visitors and the tourism sector.

The criteria to obtain a Blue Flag are in four areas: Quality of the water for swimming, Environmental information and education, Environmental management, and Safety services and installations.

The four coastal municipalities of the Vega Baja have obtained Blue Flags and all, except Guardamar del Segura, have obtained better results than in 2017.

Orihuela has become the municipality in the Valencian community with the most Blue Flags by obtaining a total of 9, 2 more than the year before. The Blue Flags for the beaches of Mil Palmeras and Cala Cerrada have been recovered.

Orihuela has renewed the quality certifications for Punta Prima, Cala Bosque (La Zenia), La Caleta-Cabo Roig (in the picture), Aguamarina, Cala Capitán-Cabo Roig, Campoamor, Barranco Rubio and Cala Estaca and Cala Mosca.

This result makes it the second placed city in Spain, level with Vigo (9), only behind Sanxenxo in Galicia which has 11.

Torrevieja has managed a total of 6 awards for its coast, renewing El Cura, Los Náufragos, Cala Piteras, Los Locos and La Mata and adding Cabo Cervera which last year did not get one.

Also gaining one more is Pilar de la Horadada, which has a total of 5. The Blue Flag will fly in the Port and also in Mil Palmeras, Los Jesuitas and Playa Conde like last year.

In the case of Guardamar, it has renewed the certificated for Roqueta, el Moncaio and Centre.