The FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) announced early in May which sites have been awarded the sought-after Blue Flag label. This year, Mallorca has been given a total of 48 Blue Flags, 31 for beaches, 1 for sustainable boating tourist operators and 16 for marinas.
Well-known for their crystalline turquoise waters, soft white sand and wide range of facilities, Mallorcan beaches are among the most famous in the world so it's not surprising that a whopping 31 of them have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag. These are located all around the island's coastline, especially near the holiday hubs of Palma, Port d'Alcúdia, Cala Millor and Cala d'Or. Among this season's chosen beaches are Palma Nova Beach, Sant Elm Beach, Cala Formentor, Playa de Muro, Cala Mesquida, Cala Sa Nau and Cala Mondrago. They all held the Blue Flag label last year as well.
16 marinas in Mallorca have also been awarded the Blue Flag distinction, including 3 in Palma (Marina Palma Cuarentena, Marina Port de Mallorca and Real Club Náutico), as well as the ports in Port d'Andratx, Port de Sóller, Port d'Alcúdia, Porto Cristo, Cala d'Or and Colonia de Sant Jordi to name but a few. Only 2 sustainable boating tourism operators have been identified with the Blue Flag in Spain this year. One of them is Mar Cabrera, located in Colonia de Sant Jordi, which offers half-day and full-day tours of the island of Cabrera as well as visits to the famous Blue Cave.
Blue Flags are given out by an independent organisation called the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Beaches are evaluated each year and monitored for their facilities and cleanliness. Based on 32 separate criteria, each beach or marina is judged on the quality of the water, safety and services (including lifeguards and first aid), information for beach users, environmental education and protection of the coastal environment.