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August News

Spanish beaches lead the way

Spain has an amazing selection of beaches and a recent report has recognised that Spain’s beaches are the cleanest in the world and has been awarded 577 blue flags. This is more than any other country in the world.

The report by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) showed that Spain added four more new blue flags in 2015; a good reason why Spain and places such as the Costa del Sol is the leading destination in the world for beach holidays.

Spain has topped the FEE rankings since 1987, the year the rankings were first introduced. According to FEE, one out of every six beaches around the world that has been awarded a blue flag is located in Spain. Andalucia boasts an impressive 78 blue flag beaches.
The blue flag is an internationally recognised symbol of environmental quality and is a sign that the beach is safe for all types of bathers and water sports enthusiasts and considers environmental education, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

Spain top destination for Europeans

Following a survey by lastminute.com, Spain has been named as the top destination for European holiday makers in 2015. The survey showed that Spain and particularly the Costa del Sol are firm favourites amongst the French, British, Italian, German and even with Spanish tourists.

The survey questioned over 6,000 Europeans and revealed that over half of Spaniards have chosen to holiday in their own country rather than visiting another. The Spanish mainland is the most popular destination for European travellers behind the Canaries and the Balearics.

Almost 86% of Spanish people surveyed were going to take a summer vacation in 2015 which is a great sign of the economic recovery that Spain is currently enjoying. This is a 4% increase on 2014.

Spain ranked second best for work life balance

When it comes to balancing work and play, Spain has come second in the world according to a new survey by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation). Top of the survey which looked at the worlds most advanced economies was Denmark.

People working full time in Spain devoted a great amount of their day to leisure and personal care than any other country in the world. On average Spanish residents spend 16 hours a day on eating, meeting friends and pursuing hobbies.

The OECD report stated ‘Finding a suitable balance between work and life is a challenge for all workers, especially working parents. The ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members of the household’. The report continued ‘Evidence suggests that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardise safety and increase stress’.

The work life balance findings were part of a larger Better Life Index which aimed to reflect the overall well-being of people living in each country. Spain also ranked well and above average not only in work life balance but also in health, community and housing.

Holiday rentals boom in May

Data released by the holiday rental company HomeAway that shows that the national demand for holiday rental accommodation over the holiday weekend of 30/04 – 04/05 increased by 31% compared to the same holiday period in 2014.

National destinations made up 79% of all reservation enquiries and Andalucia was top of the list of destinations that was first choice for the Spanish. 29% of all enquiries received and registered for the holiday weekend were for Andalucia followed by Catalonia (11%) and then Valencia (10%).

Beaches in Estepona get top marks

Great news for the users of the beaches in Estepona as the water off their shores has been classed as excellent. The Ministry of Health report said that the samples taken from local waters and sent off for analysis by the European Commission Authority had proven to be in an excellent condition.

The Council for Estepona stated ‘Once again Estepona can boast of having beaches in prime condition for bathing which meet all health requirements’.

The results of the tests came as Estepona was awarded another blue flag for its beaches which takes the number up to four for the area. Blue flags were renewed at La Rada, El Cristo and El Padron and the new blue flag was awarded to El Saladillo. This is the first time this beach has received a blue flag.

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