Flybe Purple Flag Awards

Flybe Purple Flag Awards

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite beaches across our network awarding them with a prestigious Purple Flag! Discover the best beach to grab a bite and a stunning spot to hit the surf! 
Do you think you think you’ve discovered the most beautiful beach? Head over to our Facebook page and show us why yours deserves a Purple Flag award for the chance to win one of three beach sets from our friends Dock & Bay*.

Cote des Basques

Cote des Basques

Purple Flag Award for... Wave Chasers 

 

The whole family can take to the waves at the Biarritz Surf School with classes for children from the age of 5! Running for over 30 years, the school is a local institution with a national reputation for surfing excellence, with state certified instructors. Even better it’s just a 15-minute drive from Biarritz airport meaning 'surf's up' in no time!  

 

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Portobello Beach

Portobello Beach

Purple Flag Award for... Beachside Bites 

 

The Beach House café at Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach serves up some of the best seaside snacks we’ve tried! With homemade gelato, freshly baked bread and hand crafted cakes it’s easy to forget there’s a beach to enjoy right outside the window! Also open in the evenings there is a menu of sharing platters and tapas for a laid back supper.

 

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L’Olla beach

L’Olla beach

Purple Flag Award for... Stunning Secret Islands 

 

From L’Olla beach in Altea emerge L’Illeta and L’Illot, two picturesque islands, accessed by swimming through the shallow, clear waters. They’re perfect for disconnecting, reading or playing games with the children and the calm waters make it the perfect snorkelling spot. The casual beachside restaurants at L'Olla are popular with the local community and we've heard the seafood is sensational!

 

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Santa Ponsa

Santa Ponsa

Purple Flag Award for... Boredom Busters 

 

If you’re bored with sunbathing jump on a boat and head over to Dragonera Island, an experience which shows the best of the southeast coast of Mallorca. The famous island of Dragonera is protected natural space once used as a refuge for notorious pirates such as Dragut and Barbarossa and hosts a lighthouse, museum, snorkelling spots and even rare lizards! 

 

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Ballintoy Beach

Ballintoy Beach

Purple Flag Award for... Rugged Retreats 

 

Game of Thrones® fans still in mourning will recognise Ballintoy Harbour as the filming location for Pyke and the Iron Islands. Known as the ‘raised beach’, it sits near Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the picturesque village of Ballintoy, with its charming array of small shops and restaurants to explore after a hike! Tip: Visit the nearby Dark Hedges, another GOT filming location

 

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Praia de Faro

Praia de Faro

Purple Flag Award for... Landing to lounging 

 

Praia de Faro is just a 5-minute drive from the airport, though with its 5 kilometres of pristine golden sand you wouldn’t know! Despite its location the beach is rarely visited by foreign tourists making it the perfect spot for an authentic Portuguese experience! The natural park of Ria Formosa is very close by and well worth a visit.

 

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