At the end of May each year, the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) awards its prestigious Blue Flags to beaches and marinas in the northern hemisphere for their water quality, safety standards, environmental education and amenities.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3850 beaches and marinas in 48 countries around the world. With a total of 648 ensigns, Spain has maintained its position at the top of the list in the northern hemisphere.
Here is the list of current blue flag beaches on the eastern Costa del Sol: Algarrobo Costa in Algarrobo; Ferrara in the municipality of Torrox; Burriana and Torrecilla beaches in Nerja; Benajarafe and Torre del Mar in the municipality of Velez-Málaga and last, but not least, Cala del Moral in Rincón de la Victoria
The Blue Flag is awarded on an annual basis, and can only be only held for one season before it will be judged once again by FEE.