Find the best Blue Flag beaches in Europe

Lucy Pares
23rd January 2018

6/20  Praia de Rodas, Cíes Islands, Spain

How do you keep your Blue Flag beach beautiful? In the case of heavenly Praia de Rodas, you simply put a limit on the number of daily visitors, and make sure you’re not that easy to reach.

If you’re keen to see Spain’s slice of the Seychelles, it’s on the Cíes Islands, 40 minutes by summer-only ferry from the Galician port of Vigo. And don’t worry, the beach is never gets too crowded and the islands may be small, but there are still several excellent restaurants and easy-going chiringuitos.

Where: Galicia, north west Spain

Best for: Dos Nenos Lagoon; desert island dreaminess.

Nearby: lively Vigo is 40 minutes away by ferry.

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