Tenerife blue flag beaches for 2018

The European Environmental Education Foundation (ADEAC) has announced its awards for 2018’s blue flag beaches and if Arona was celebrating last year at the re-inclusion of two of the municipality’s beaches after the flags had been lost, this year the council will be ecstatic because the borough’s count is now three blue flag beaches! Santiago del Teide municipality will also be thrilled at the outstanding achievement that Playa La Arena will fly a bandera azul for the 31st consecutive year – one every year that the awards have been presented

This year’s 12 beach flags go to Torviscas and El Duque in Adeje; Las Vistas, Los Cristianos and El Camisón in Arona; Playa y Calas de la Jaquita in Guía de Isora; Playa La Arena in Santiago del Teide; El Socorro in Los Realejos; San Telmo and the Complejo Playa Jardin in Puerto de la Cruz; La Arena-Mesa del Mar in Tacoronte; and the Piscinas de Bajamar in La Laguna. There is also again a blue flag each for Los Gigantes sports harbour and the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife.




  1. Is that a blue flag for Playa San Juan? You say Playa in Guia de Isora.

  2. Author

    no, the post says the “Playa y Calas de la Jaquita in Guía de Isora” which is the beachfront in Alcalá, incorporating the beach and rock pools. It is the only blue flag in Guía de Isora.

  3. Playa San Juan did have a blue flag last year but after the microalgae episodes, the flag disappeared and has not returned. I don’t know if the loss of status is connected to that or if it is for another reason. I’m sure there are many criteria that need to be met to qualify but I find it ironic that the beaches in Arena and Alcalá are blue flag but very often fly red flags due to unsafe conditions for bathers whereas Playa San Juan is no longer blue flag but the vast majority of days it has a green flag. It’s just an observation……and I would rather be able to swim in good sea conditions even if the beach does not meet the standards for a blue flag

  4. Author

    The blue flag is not connected with how often the beach is open but how safe and clean it is and what provisions and facilities there are, including for the disabled.

    I do wonder if it is connected with the diesel spill there (see HERE). Certainly Granadilla Ayuntamiento is appealing its own loss of a blue flag for El Médano which the council says it thinks is due to the several e-coli closures over the past year.

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