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Greece with the most Blue Flag awarded beaches

The country is the perfect place to swim in 2018 with a total of 535 Blue Flags
  • September 02, 2018 16:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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The number of Blue Flags awarded in Greece rose again this year. In 2018 the numbers are up to 519 and 15 marinas, with the addition of 1 Blue Flag for a tourism boat. Blue Flag, which is operated by the non-profit Foundation of Environmental Education with the aim of promoting sustainable tourism worldwide, is one of the most respected eco-labels there is. A total of 3,687 beaches were awarded this year, and Greece has the second largest number of Blue Flag awarded beaches in the world, second only to Spain.

The high numbers isn`t indication that a Blue Flag is easy to get, or that all it indicates is a clean beach. The criteria for receiving it include everything from public access to building maintenance. For example, the guidelines suggest that all sensitive habitats, like coral reefs, located within 500 meters from the beach should be monitored. It is also recommended that the beach be easily accessible, and that sustainable means of transport should be encouraged, meaning that public transport to the beach and providing bicycle parking can get an operator closer to receiving the flag.

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