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Algarve leads Blue Flag beach awards

beachalbandeiraThe Algarve continues to lead Portugal’s summer holiday options with an increase of three Blue Flag beaches to a total of 88 for 2016.

The three new Blue Flag beaches are Amoreira Mar in Aljezur, Rocha Baixinha in Albufeira, and Armona-Ria in Olhão.

The Algarve represents around 45% of the country’s tourism earnings and within the region, Albufeira takes the lion’s share with over 40% of the Algarve’s tourism income derived from Albufeira hotels, bars and restaurants.

Despite the knock back last November when flooding crashed through Albufeira's downtown zone, shopkeepers and restaurateurs have bounced back with scant official help. With a record tourism season predicted for the region, hotels and tourism businesses are keen to recoup losses.

Albufeira also has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches, now a total of 25, followed by Vila do Bispo with 11, and Loulé with 10.

Four of the region’s marinas also have Blue Flag status in Albufeira, Lagos, Portimão and Vilamoura of a national total of 17.

For many tourists, Portugal means coastline and the 314 Blue Flag beaches represents over half of the country’s total number of coastal and river beaches, a figure that is among the highest in the world.

 

See also: 'Beaches of the Algarve' for information provided by Turismo de Portugal which allows you to choose the beach best suited to your tastes and requirements

http://www.algarvedailynews.com/features/beaches-of-the-algarve

2016 Blue Flag beaches

ALBUFEIRA (25)
Alemães
Arrifes
Aveiros
Belharucas
Castelo
Evaristo
Falésia/Açoteias
Falésia/Alfamar
Galé Leste
Galé Oeste
Inatel
Manuel Lourenço
Maria Luísa
Olhos d’Água
Oura
Oura-Leste
Peneco
Pescadores
Rocha Baixinha (nova)
Rocha Baixinha/Nascente
Rocha Baixinha/Poente
S.Rafael
Salgados
Santa Eulália

VILA DO BISPO (11)
Almádena/Cabanas Velhas
Beliche
Burgau
Castelejo
Cordoama
Ingrina
Mareta
Martinhal
Salema
Tonel
Zavial

LOULÉ (10)
Almargem
Ancão
Forte Novo
Garrão Nascente
Garrão Poente
Loulé Velho
Quarteira
Quinta do Lago
Vale do Lobo
Vilamoura

LAGOA (6)
Caneiros
Carvoeiro
Ferragudo/Praia Grande
Pintadinho
Senhora da Rocha
Vale de Olival

LAGOS (6)
Batata
Camilo
D.Ana
Luz
Porto de Mós
Meia Praia

PORTIMÃO (5)
Alvor Nascente/Três Irmãos
Alvor Poente
Rocha
Três Castelos
Vau

ALJEZUR (4 praias)
Amoreira-Mar (nova)
Arrifana
Monte Clérigo
Odeceixe-Mar

FARO (4)
Barreta
Culatra-Mar
Faro-Mar
Ilha do Farol-Mar

TAVIRA (4)
Barril
Cabanas-Mar
Ilha de Tavira-Mar
Terra Estreita

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO (4)
Lota
Manta Rota
Monte Gordo
Santo António

CASTRO MARIM (3)
Alagoa/Altura
Cabeço
Praia Verde

OLHÃO (3)
Armona Mar (nova)
Fuseta Mar
Fuseta Rio

SILVES (2)
Armação de Pêra
Praia Grande Poente

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