SPAIN has been awarded 684 ‘blue flags’ in 2017 making it the country with the most high-quality beaches in the world.
The annual award is given to coastal areas which have significant environmental initiatives in place, high quality bathing water and good facilities.
Spain remained on top for the 30th consecutive year despite having six less flags awarded for its beaches compared to 2016.
Of the 684 flags given, 579 have gone to beaches, 100 to marinas and five to tourist ships.
The Comunidad Valencia received the most awards in Spain with 129, followed by Galicia (113), Cataluña (95) and Andalucia (90).