Blue Flag list of 2019 honors
515 Greek beaches, 15 marinas and 4 sustainable tourism boat
The International Commission awarded its flags this year to 3,779 beaches, 695 marinas and 67 sustainable tourism boats all over the world. 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.
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 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.
The Blue Flag Program
The Blue Flag Program is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe and is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained. Through close collaboration with their members, the Foundation for Environmental Education works to ensure the programme’s expansion, and that the unrivaled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally.