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This year, Portugal will feature 299 beaches and 15 marinas Blue Flag, which corresponds to another beach and two marinas less compared to last year, announced on Thursday, the Blue Flag Association.
The award is given annually to beaches and marinas that meet a set of environmental criteria, safety and comfort of users and information and environmental awareness.
The Algarve continues to lead the list of the region as more distinctions, with 85 beaches, three more compared to last year. In terms of marinas, the area has retained its four banners.
On the beaches of the Azores there was the loss of a flag, with the region experiencing 31 awards and, in Madeira, 11 blue flags but four in the past year. However, the Azores have lost the distinction of Vila Franca do Campo marina, now totaling five, while Madeira was no reward, to leave the list marinas of Funchal and the Quinta do Lorde.
The North sum this year 65 awards but one beach in 2014, while the Center remained the same 27 flags. The five Tagus added, for a total of 54, while in Alentejo a missed if accounting for 26 now.
In what concerns the marinas, José Archer, president of Blue Flag Association, said the raising of the flag at the Doca de Santo Amaro Recreation, managed by the Port of Lisbon, for being the "first time a public entity is applying as manager and see awarded a marina. "
With this entry, the Tejo region recorded this year, three ports / marinas awarded as the center, which maintained the same number in the previous year.
The official also indicated that "we remain on the threshold of 300 flags (on beaches), which have not reached because somebody was late in the application."
Of the total award winning beaches, 283 are coastal, registering three new locations in the global list: Canaveias (center), the Pampilhosa da Serra Beach (Tejo) and Beliche (Algarve).
In terms of outputs were 20 beaches and three marinas, while the re-entry of accounting there are 18 in terms of beaches.
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