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Posted by portugalpress on May 17, 2018

Ninety-eight beaches in the Algarve have received ‘Gold Quality’ certification from environmental organisation Quercus. The accolade is awarded based on the quality of beach water, according to data provided by the Portuguese environmental agency (APA).

Albufeira is once again the borough with the highest number of ‘Gold Quality’ beaches in Portugal (22), followed by Almada (17), Vila Nova de Gaia (16), Vila do Bispo (13) and Torres Vedras (12).

In the Algarve, the remaining beaches that were awarded are located in Lagoa (10), Loulé (10), Aljezur (eight), Portimão (eight), Lagos (five), Vila Real de Santo António (five), Faro (four), Tavira (four), Castro Marim (three), Olhão (three) and Silves (three).

A total of 390 beaches in all of Portugal received the accolade, nine less compared to last year.

Quercus explains that the goal of this initiative is to inform beachgoers of the beaches boasting “excellent water quality”.

See the full list of ‘Gold Quality’ beaches (click here).