Blue-flag beaches and marinas in Greece



GREECE-BLUE-FLAG-BEACHESOut of a long list of 51 countries, Greece has once again ranked number two on the Blue Flag eco-label for beaches this year, in recognition of their excellent seawater quality, litter management, organisation of the beach area, safety procedures for bathers and protection of the environment, among other criteria. 408 beaches and 10 marinas in Greece were awarded the Blue Flag for 2014!

Thus, exotic and magnificent beaches can be found all over Greece and in fact there is a special website that presents all of them. You can search for the perfect beach with one of the following ways:

By region. You can select the region of Greece you wish to visit and see a list of all the awarded Blue Flag Beaches in the region, as well as a short description of each region.

By type. Sandy, rocky or with pebbles, you can choose your favorite type of beach and see a list of them.

Beach facilities. If you wish to find beaches with lifeguards or sunbeds or other facilities, this list will help you choose the best beach.
Advanced search. By selecting the search icon on the left side of the home page you can search for the perfect combining location, type and facilities.

By browsing the map. You can simply browse the map on the home page and by zooming in you can see a circle with a number in it. This number indicates the number of awarded Blue Flag Beaches on the area. the more you zoom in the map you can focus on a specific location and the closest you get you see a blue flag icon, indicating the location of the beach. By pressing the icon a pop up window will give you a preview of the selected beach.

Each beach has its own page providing information on its location, facilities, orientation, GPS coordinates and the ability to get directions on how to get there by car.

This site is a collaboration of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, and the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, the national operator of the Blue Flag international programme in Greece!

The Ministry of Tourism, recognising the importance of the prestigious international award, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the HSPN to support its efforts towards the promotion and of Green Tourism in Greece.

The GNTO and the HSPN have set a common goal to achieve a substantial increase of Blue Flag beaches all over Greece in the coming years, according to the potential of our spectacular islands and extensive coastline. Of course, our goal includes maintaining the high quality of the offered services, including safety and facilities for visitors with disabilities, as well as the demanding standard of the Blue Flag programme in Greece.

Every year, the beaches are awarded the Blue Flag only when they have successfully fulfilled their compliance to the criteria throughout the previous summer period and after being fully prepared accordingly for the year in question. The compliance is regularly controlled by national and international, volunteer controllers.

If on an awarded beach you see that the Blue Flag is not hoisted, it means that the award has been suspended temporarily because of duly certified failure to follow one or some specific criteria and for a definite period of time. There should be a notice about that on the information board. The Blue Flag will be hoisted again if and when the necessary measures are taken by the beach’s management.

SOURCE: WEB