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June 28, 2017

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The world’s best beaches

Most people would agree that beach days are the best. Some might say they’re particular good in Spain, which boasts more Blue Flag beaches than any other country in the world. Started in 1987 and bestowed by the European Environmental Foundation, the Blue Flag recognizes beaches for their all-round high quality. The four criteria include water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. The flag went international in scope when South Africa joined in 2001. Spain’s been the blue-flag leader in the 30 years the award has been granted. This year, 579 of its beaches have been certified — or one in five. The Valencia region has the most flags with 129, Galicia has 113, Catalunya 95. Greece is second ranked country with the most flags, followed by France, Turkey and Italy. Note: Canadian beaches are ranked, but those of the US are not. Some unexpected spots on the list include Birch Cove Beach in Halifax and Bell Park Beach in Sudbury. blueflag.global.

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