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Greece ranks 2nd on global “Blue Flag” list with 515 quality beaches

Greece has ranked second among 47 countries in the Blue Flags program for 2019. The country won this year’s international quality award with 515 beaches, 15 marinas and four sustainable tourism boats.

The results were announce by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) on Tuesday.

12 percent of this year’s global “blue flag” beaches are in Greece.

The Regional Unit of Chalkidiki ranked first in Greece this year, with 92 Blue Flags.

The International Commission awarded its flags this year to 3,779 beaches, 695 marinas and 67 sustainable tourism boats all over the world.

Among the Blue Flag sites in Greece are Akti Vouliagmeni beach in Attica, Komotini’s Fanari Beach and Alimos Marina.

The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s best recognized voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.

One of the preconditions to be included in the “Blue flag” program is the quality of water. It has to be “excellent”.

The Blue Flag award is valid for one year.

Detailed list of Blue Flag beaches in English here.

This year the international Blue Flag committee awarded at total of 3,797 beaches, 695 marinas and 67 sustainable tourist boats worldwide.

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