Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Updated 5 May: Arona has regained its blue flags in this year’s awards. The council is understandably ecstatic that Los Cristianos beach and Playa de las Vistas will again see two blue flags flying, two of the fifteen that Tenerife was awarded for 2016, back up to normal standard again! The flags go to El Médano and la Jaquita in Granadilla; Troya I & II, Torviscas, Fañabé, and El Duque in Adeje; Las Vistas and Los Cristianos in Arona, the Piscinas de Bajamar in La Laguna; El Socorro in Los Realejos; San Telmo and Complejo Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz; Playa San Juan in Guía de Isora; La Arena-Mesa del Mar in Tacoronte … and for the 29th year running, Playa La Arena in Santiago del Teide. There are also blue flags for the sports ports of Los Gigantes and the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife. Well done to them all!
Original post 4 May: There is great excitement every May when the European Environmental Education Foundation (ADEAC) makes its awards for blue flag beaches. The results for 2016 will be announced tomorrow morning in Madrid, and everyone will be interested to see whether Playa La Arena will be given a 29th consecutive blue flag, and whether Arona, now “under new management”, will recoup the flags lost by the previous appalling management of the municipality’s beaches.
In 2015, Tenerife had thirteen blue flags, down two from 2013 because of the Arona situation. They were El Médano, Troya I & II, Torviscas, Fañabé, El Duque, Playa La Arena, the Los Gigantes sports harbour, the Bajamar pools, El Socorro,, San Telmo and Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz, Playa San Juan and the Real Club Náutico in Santa Cruz. Good luck to all the municipalities who are hoping to repeat the achievement … and to Arona for getting theirs back!