Beach flags and water safety in Tenerife

With summer coming, please be aware of beach safety, and particularly of the flags that fly on the beaches. The following graphic explains the six you will encounter:. The green means bathing is allowed, yellow means bathing is allowed but that conditions are difficult and so the utmost care should be taken, and red means that bathing is prohibited because of the sea or other conditions. On the bottom row, there is the blue flag for the best beaches, the “medusas” one warns of the presence of jellyfish, and the black means that the beach itself is closed to the public. Please do also see THIS page for further information on water safety, particularly cold water shock and undertow.

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  1. We need to find a way to cook them and we have a wonderful source of protein.

  2. Author

    I was reading the other day that they are taking over the seas everywhere!

  3. My friend says there are lots of medusas at Playa Arena and other beaches in the South West. Look carefully for the warning flag or the little perils themselves before you enter the water.

  4. Author

    Well, it’s because it’s safety advice issued in Spain by the Spanish authorities. That’s why I wrote the post, to give people an explanation in English.

  5. Hola,
    First time user.
    Can you explain why the info above, re. Your beach/seawater warnings :- BANDERAS DE UNA PLAYA, the flag instructions are written in SPANISH ! How can non Spanish speaking visitors translate the wording easily.
    I look forward to your reply.

    Kindest Regards


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