A total of 24 beaches on the Costa del Sol will fly the Blue Flag this summer, two more than last year.
The coveted Blue Flags are awarded to the cleanest beaches in the European Union.
Marbella is the resort with most Blue Flags on the Costa, a total of six, although it loses its top placing in Andalucía this year. That distinction now goes to Roquetas de Mar, Almeria, and Rota, Cadiz, that now have seven qualifying beaches each.
Seventeen marinas on the Malaga coast have also been given the award for meeting the required quality standards, while two of the five flags given out for sustainable boating tourism in Andalucía have also been granted to the Costa del Sol.
Andalucía has been awarded 90 Blue Flags altogether, which makes up around 15 per cent of the national total.
That figure puts the region fourth in the ranking of beaches that have been awarded a flag in Spain, behind leaders Valencia, Galicia and Catalonia. In total Spain has 684 blue-flag beaches.
Andalucía is in the same fourth position for the number of marinas that will raise the flag this summer, behind Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Galicia.