You may be surprised to know that Galicia is the second region of Spain with the largest number of Blue Flags; when we think about such recognition, we usually image Southern Spain or the Mediterranean, probably because we associate it to a warmer temperature.
It is an award given by an International Jury to those beaches and ports that comply with some requirements, that can be classified in four areas: the quality of the water, the management of the environment, information & education, and finally services and facilities.
Spain is the first country on the world ranking in this sense, with a total number of 686 Blue Flags this year (586 beaches and 100 ports).
Galicia has 123 beaches awarded with a Blue Flag (two less than Valencia regiÃ³n, and 25 more than Catalonia). With regards to the ports, Galicia is the third region on the Spanish ranking, with 18 distinctions.
We need to mentionÂ that a couple of international publications, such as Forbes Magazine of the The Guardian, have included Rodas Beach (in he CÃes Islands) as on of the best beaches of the world.
Moreover, the beaches of the region offer a wide diversity, in summer it is possible to practise waters sports such as surf or windsurf in Patos Beach (Vigo) or in LimÃ©ns (Cangas); kitesurfing in Mexiloeira Beach (O Grove), or take scuba diving lessons in the RÃa de Vigo (Vigo Stuary).
If you are looking to rest in large beaches, we always recommend Carnota Beach (that is more than 7 km large), A Lanzada Bech (between O Grove and Sanxenxo), or Vilar Beach in Ribeira. In this region, you can also stop and visit the Corrubedo Dunes, and enjoy the view of these white sand mountains.
For those that enjoy minimalism, they will find many small coves in the RÃas Baixas region. Letâ€™s mention some of them: Cala Ancolandoiro (Bueu), Cala Canabal (Oleiros), Playa de los Franceses (O Grove), or Aeroso Islet (in the RÃa de Arousa); possibilities are endless.
We canâ€™t finish this brief overview of the diversity of our beaches without mentioning one of the best architectonic buildings created by nature, the Beach of the Cathedrals in Ribadeo. If you are planning to go there, please check the tide calendar before, so you can contemplate this work of art in all its splendor.
Galicia is becoming a popular tourist destination. Not just because of the beauty of its beaches, but also because of the great diversity of travel experiences that can be offered.
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