Blue Flag beaches on the Costa del Sol Summer 2021


The province of Malaga this year has been awarded more than 40 blue flags along its coastline, of which 35 are beaches and for the first time there is also an “inland beach”. Discover them all in our article!

The Blue Flag is an award given annually by the European Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches and harbours that meet four criteria: environmental information and education, water quality, environmental management and safety and services.

This summer the Malaga coastline can boast 8 more blue flags than last year, that is, 35 beaches with excellent quality regarding water, waste collection and cleaning, qualified lifeguards, first aid posts, access ramps to the beach and toilets for disabled people and very good maintenance in general.

Map Blue Flag beaches on the Costa del Sol

Detailed map with all the Blue Flag beaches along the coastline of Malaga.

Blue Flag beaches on the Western Costa del Sol

Blue Flag beaches in Malaga city

The capital of the Costa de Sol has achieved no less than seven Blue Flags this year, namely La Caleta, El Dedo, El Palo, La Malagueta, Misericordia, Pedregalejo and San Andrés.

Playa de Pedregalejo photo andalusien360.de

Although they are predominantly urban beaches and therefore very crowded in the summer months, we can recommend them for their proximity to the centre, for a refreshment or a drink in a lively atmosphere (Playa La Malagueta). If you prefer to combine beach with beach bar and the famous “espetos” and “pesacaitos” of Malaga, you can go to the easternmost beaches of the capital such as El Dedo, El Palo, La Caleta and Pedregalejo.

Blue Flag Beaches in Torremolinos

Playa Los Alamos

Los Alamos beach this year has once again achieved the coveted award as the only beach in Torremolinos offering a perfect combination of wide sandy beaches, a beautiful promenade and some excellent Beach bars to suit all tastes.

Blue Flag beaches in Benalmádena

Playa Fuente de la Salud

This year Benalmádena has obtained two award-winning beaches in its municipality, Fuente de la Salud and Torrebermeja-Santa Ana, both located next to the also award-winning Benalmádena Marina, with a well-kept aesthetic and a wide range of restaurants and leisure activities.

Blue Flag Beaches in Fuengirola

Playa del Castillo

Fuengirola this year can offer four blue flag beaches to its visitors which are Carvajal in the easternmost part of the municipality, Boliches-Gaviotas and Fuengirola near the centre and the castle beach (playa del castillo) next to the old fortress Sohail and the 4 star hotel Hotel IPV Palace & Spa.

Blue Flag beaches in Mijas

Playa La Cala de Mijas

Mijas this summer has three blue flag beaches where you can enjoy our bathing: La Cala, El Bombo and Calahonda I, bordering the municipality of Marbella and the beautiful beach of Cabopino with natural dunes, which also has a nudist section.

Blue Flag Beaches in Marbella

Playa Alicate

Coming Marbella, visitors can choose from no less than eight Blue Flag beaches, the Adelfas-Alicate beach being a new addition to the award-winning beaches of El Cable, Venus, Bajadilla and El Faro next to the centre of Marbella with all services; Casablanca beach close to golf courses and exquisite hotels such as the Puente Romano Hotel; the beach of Puerto Banús, in the epicentre of luxury and a stone’s throw from the world-famous Oceans Club. And finally in the direction of Estepona (which curiously has not won any beach awards this year) is the beach Playa de San Pedro de Alcántara.

Blue Flag beaches in Casares

Playa de Ancha

Finally the last awarded beach on the westernmost Costa del Sol and already very close to the province of Cadiz is Playa de Ancha, located close to the Strait of Gibraltar and with fantastic views to the Rock and even to the African coast on clear days.

Blue Flag Beaches on the Eastern Costa del Sol

Blue Flag beaches in Nerja

Playa Burriana

This year Nerja has also made a name for itself among the Blue Flag beaches on the Costa del Sol, namely the very popular Burriana beach next to the centre and the Balcón de Europa and Torrecilla beach in the westernmost part of the municipality.

Blue Flag beaches in Torrox

Playa El Morche

In Torrox we can enjoy this summer two Blue Flag beaches, Ferrara and El Morche.

Blue Flag beaches in Vélez-Málaga

Playa La Caleta

Belonging to the municipality of Velez-Malaga this year there are four beaches that have obtained the desired award which are Algarrobo Costa, La Caleta, Torre del Mar and Benajarafe in the direction of Rincón de la Victoria and Málaga.

Inland Blue Flag beaches

Blue Flag beach in Ardales

Ardales, the inland beach
The Conde del Guadalhorce reservoir has been awarded the Blue Flag for the first time and is the only inland beach in Andalusia to have this distinction.

The pine trees reach the water of the reservoir Photo Javier Flores

Located in a privileged natural environment, where the pine forests reach the water and very close to the famous Caminito del Rey, this reservoir also stands out visually for its striking crystal-clear turquoise waters.

In summer, many visitors to the Caminito del Rey spend the rest of the day in the refreshing surroundings of the reservoir, either enjoying a meal at one of the picnic areas or, when the heat is at its peak, taking a dip in the turquoise waters.

In the surroundings of the reservoir, we can find several restaurants and accommodation services and we can enjoy refreshing ourselves in the cool waters or renting a pedal boat, a canoe or a board. In this way, you can reach some areas of this spot that are more difficult to access on foot and which are of great natural beauty.