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Greece ranks 2nd in World 2017 Blue Flag Beaches – Check List

Greece ranked second place in the world on the 2017 Blue Flag quality award list for beaches and marinas, among 47 countries, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) announced earlier this week. 486 beaches across the country received the 2017 Blue Flag beaches award.

Spain came in first place.

The “Blue Flag” is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches across the world and is run by the independent, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education based in Copenhagen. The EEPF is the program’s coordinator for Greece.

A total of 486 beaches and 12 marinas were honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in Greece for 2017. Last year 430 Greek beaches and nine marinas were honored.

Once again the Halkidiki peninsula was crowned the destination with most flags in Greece as 71 of its beaches were honored.

On a worldwide scale the foundation awarded the international eco-label (blue flags) to 3,574 beaches, 662 marinas and 50 sustainable tourism boats for 2014.

According to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, 25 percent of the newly honored winning beaches are in Greece.

The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches that follow requirements that include Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety and Services.

This year, which has been named the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development by the UNWTO, the Blue Flag celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Indicative form the Complete List

ATTIKI [16]

Marathonas Municipality

Schinias/Karavi

Markopoulo Mesogeas Municipality

Avlaki

Saronikos Municipality

Mavro Lithari/Eden Beach

Lagonissi 1-Grand Beach/Grand Resort Lagonissi

Lagonissi 2-Mediterraneo/Grand Resort Lagonissi

Lagonissi 3-Kochylia/Grand Resort Lagonissi

Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni Municipality

Varkiza

Asteras Vouliagmenis/Astir Beach Vouliagmenis

Vouliagmeni

Voula A

Glyfada Municipality

Glyfada

Spata-Artemida Municipality

Limni

Aigina Municipality

Agia Marina

Poros Municipality

Askeli/Nea Egli

Kythira Municipality

Kakia Lagada

Kapsali

CORFU/KERKYRA [10]

Kerkyra Municipality

Kommeno/Corfu Imperial

Kontokali/Kontokali Bay Resort

Alykes Potamou/Family Life Kerkyra Golf

Almyros/Gelina Village

Canal d’ Amour

Dafnila/Grecotel Daphnila Bay Thalasso

Agios Ioannis Peristeron/Marbella Corfu

Kontogialos/Mayor Pelekas Monastery

Kavos/Mayor Capo di Corfu

Issos/Sandy Beach Resor

LEFKADA [8]

Lefkada Municipality

Agios Giannis

Lefkada/Gyra

Agios Nikitas-Pefkoulia

Kathisma 1

Porto Katsiki

Nydri

Mikros Gialos/Poros

Ponti

For the complete list of all 486 Greek “blue flag” beaches, press here (in GR and EN).

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