With 497 blue flags at its beaches, 14 at its marinas and 6 in sustainable tourism boats, Greece has been second among 47 countries across the world for 2020, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has announced on Thursday.
The region with the most blue flags is again Halkidiki, northern Greece, with 94.
The prestigious Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised 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.
A beach that has been awarded the blue flag means that it meets the organisation’s standards of environmental management. These standards are for water quality, safety, and public environmental education.
Blue Flags are issued for one year to beaches and marinas of FEE member countries and can be withdrawn if test probes show that the quality criteria are not more met.
The whole list with the 497 beaches, 14 marinas and 6 tourism boats is here in Greek and English