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Posted by portugalpress on June 08, 2018

Portugal has 44 “pollution-free” beaches and 11 of them are in the Algarve.

The list of ‘Zero Pollution’ beaches is compiled every year by environmental association ZERO and highlights beaches where no seawater contamination was detected.

Not-so-good news for the Algarve is the fact that four beaches fell from the list compared to 2017 although the national tally increased from last year’s 33.

Aljezur (Amado, Monte Clérigos and Vale dos Homens) and Tavira (Cabanas-Mar, Ilha de Tavira-Mar and Terra Estreita) stand out with three beaches each, while Vila do Bispo has two beaches on the list (Almadena-Cabanas Velhas and Boca do Rio).

Other ‘Zero Pollution’ beaches are located in Faro (Ilha da Barreta), Olhão (Armona) and Vila Real de Santo António (Fábrica).

The list was created for the first time in 2016 when 71 beaches in Portugal were considered pollution-free and 29 of them were in the Algarve.

The national tally dropped dramatically to 33 last year, having recovered albeit marginally this year.

Torres Vedras (seven) and Grândola (four) stand out as the boroughs with the most pollution-free beaches in Portugal.

The association stresses that beaches boasting zero pollution still only account for 7% of all beaches in the country.

The full list of beaches is available online (click here).