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This Is The European Country Named Best For Beaches In The World

Esquire UK logo Esquire UK 19/05/2017 The Editors

This Is The European Country Named Best For Beaches In The World © Getty This Is The European Country Named Best For Beaches In The World If it's a sun, sea and sand holiday you're after, you don't have to stray far from home for the most beautiful location - after Spain was named the best place in the world for beaches.

Blue Flag rate beaches around the world based on standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, and Spanish coasts topped the list for the 30th consecutive year.

© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc So if a beach is given a Blue Flag? It's good news - which makes Spain's 684 Blue Flag awards including 579 Spanish beaches, 100 marina resorts and 5 newly awarded sustainable tourist boat operators pretty impressive.

Jannich Petersen, CEO of Spain-Holiday.com said of the win: "The prestigious accolade is awarded for more than just naturally beauty - it also takes into consideration water quality, accessibility and sustainability.

"The Blue Flag awards are a great indicator of how the coastal towns and regions of Spain are committed to preserving the 8,000 km of coastline".

© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc It's not all good news for Spain, though, as just yesterday it was named the most likely country to have your passport stolen in - after research suggested more than 5,000 passports were nicked there last year.

Related: The best European beach destinations to take the kids (EasyVoyage)

Karavostasi, Greece: Tucked away on Greece's north coast is this secluded sandy beach that is perfect for taking the kids who are in that in-between, not-quite-teenagers age. The blue waters are very clean and gentle, but with a little wind it is also a good spot for bodyboarding. There are also exciting ruins in the area to take a day trip to and a variety of restaurants catering to all age groups. The best European beach destinations to take the kids

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