13 Jul, 2019 @ 09:01
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Environmental group names and shames 19 Costa del Sol beaches as among worst in Spain

BLACK OUT: Green group Ecologistas en Accion identifies Spain’s least ecological beaches

A TOTAL of 19 black flags have been doled out to the Costa del Sol’s ‘worst’ beaches.

Green group Ecologistas en Accion has named and shamed Malaga’s offending playas in its annual report.


The Axarquia has the most banderas negras, with five, while Malaga City has four, Estepona and Mijas three, Manilva two, and Fuengirola and Marbella one each.

The unwanted awards were this year most commonly bestowed for insufficient water treatment works, as well as for overbuilding, industrial conditions, port and cruise activity, coastal regression and litter.

DAMNING: The Ecologistas report makes for unpleasant reading

Ecologistas handed out 566 flags in total across Spain’s 8,000km of coastline, a decrease on the 591 assigned in 2018.

The Balearic Islands was the region with the highest proportion of blag flag beaches, at 78.9%.

The Canary Islands followed (78.4%), with Valencia second (61.6%), and Catalunya and Andalucia between 50-60%.

But Spain’s southernmost region does have one of Spain’s worst beaches, in Almeria province.

ILLEGAL: Almeria’s Hotel Algarrobico sees Playa Algarrobico get a black flag for a second year running

Playa Algarrobico was given its black flag for the second year running after the illegal construction of the 21-floor Hotel Algarrobico.

The City Council of Carboneras are now forced to tear down the 500-room beachfront monstrosity, which is only half-built, following a Supreme Court ruling.

“This study aims to make a diagnosis of the health of our coasts, in which we warn each year of the deterioration they suffer, due largely, though not exclusively, to the actions of the tourist-real estate industry,” said Clara Megias the report coordinator.

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