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Keep the Blue Flag flying

Mallorca's 32 Blue Flag beaches

Every year the Foundation for Environmental Education, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation consisting of 65 organisations in 60 member countries, makes its Blue Flag awards to beaches, marinas or sustainable boating tourism operators meet its stringent standards. The criteria for the award includes standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria.

This year Mallorca will have 32 blue flags fluttering in the gentle summer breeze, the same number as last year but with a couple of changes. Out goes Palma's city beach Can Pere Antoni which suffered a plastic infestation last August, and is replaced by another of Palma's beaches Cala Mayor.

Other than that it's as you were so here's a list of all the other blue flags carefully copied and pasted from the newspaper!

Cala Estancia (Palma), es Carregador, Palmanova, Son Maties, Illetes, Cala Contesa and Peguera Torà (Calvià), Sant Elm (Andratx), Cala Molins, Cala Barques and Formentor (Pollença), Playa de Muro (Muro), Can Picafort, Son Bauló and Son Serra de Marina (Santa Margalida), Cala Agulla, Canyamel, Cala Mesquida and Font de sa Cala (Capdepera) and Cala Millor-Son Servera and es Ribell (Son Servera). Cala Millor and sa Coma (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar), Cala Marçal, Cala Ferrera, Porto Colom-Platja s'Arenal and Cala sa Nau (Felanitx), Cala Gran, Cala Mondragó-sa Font de n'Alís and Cala Santanyí (Santanyí) and es Dolç-es Port (ses Salines). The other flags include the ports - Real Club Náutico de Palma and Port de Pollença _ plus 3 boats; Mar Cabrera I, II y III (in Colònia de Sant Jordi).

So what better excuse to add a photoshow of some of our lovely beaches – courtesy of our award winning photographer Peter Young – to the article. Doesn't it make you want to stretch out in the sun?