And it works on everyone!
Playing ball sports on the beach or in the sea, nudism and urinating in the sea can result in fines of up to €750
The stamp of honour is reserved for beaches with exceptional water quality, safety, hygiene, accessibility, services, information and lifeguards.
Torremolinos that suffered the worst hit, with sand swept onto the promenade and flooding.
On a two-hour round trip, led by our charming German guide, the views take in fields full of sunflowers, distant hills and, of course, the shimmering sea
Raising the black flag: Green group honours Spain’s most polluted and worst managed beaches with Black Flag 2016 awards
Around 100 people turned out to form a human chain after waiting nine years for a four metre bridge
Plans to build a cafe and shop on unspoilt Cabo de Gata beach annulled
An Italian woman is demanding nearly €500,000 in damages after a Spanish website published a naked photo of her on holiday
Two beaches remain closed
The Olive Press asked what people think of Andalucia’s new pooch-prohibition along the Costa de Sol
The ban will run from June 1 to September 30 and will apply to all beaches including the specific dog-friendly beaches that have been set up in Casares, Malaga and Fuengirola
Marbella town hall has installed the SOS-Orange system on Playa La Venus to make life-guarding much safer
Two men who smuggled more than a ton of hash into Spain via Torrox beach have been jailed
Lifeguards on Spain's beaches are hard to be found outside of peak season
With the Costa del Sol's 320-days-a-year of sun, are just 90 days of lifeguard duty on beaches enough? As Marbella mourns the tragic drowning of three people, Iona Napier finds some leading hoteliers unhappy with Spain's beach safety
Enquiry launched as British rescue hero questions lack of signs, flags and ambulance delay after drowning tragedy in Marbella
The mayor of Nerja has announced an investment of €1,019,000 for improvements