Greece second worldwide for clean sea with 497 Blue Flags

94 awards in Halkidiki, 117 on Crete

27 May, 18:15

    NAPLES - Greece took second place worldwide in 2020 for the cleanest waters in the world, with 497 sites awarded a Blue Flag certification, said the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF).

    Spain took first place in the classification of 47 countries monitored by the Blue Flag programme, representing the most important destinations for beach tourism worldwide.

    The international Blue Flag commission awarded 3,895 beaches, 691 marinas, and 82 boats across the world.

    Greece received its first Blue Flag in 1987.

    The country's Halkidiki peninsula region had the cleanest sea, with 94 Blue Flags.

    On a regional level, the island of Crete came in first place with 117 Blue Flag beaches and one marina; followed by Central Macedonia with 104 beaches and three marinas; and the Eastern Aegean, the Cyclades, and the Dodecanese with 78 beaches and two marinas.

    Among the top prefectures are Lasithi with 39 Blue Flags, the island of Rhodes with 34, Chania with 33, Heraklion with 27, Attica with 19, Rethimno with 18, and Cephalonia and Chios with 15.

    Among municipalities, first place went to Rhodes with 34 Blue Flags, followed by Kassandra with 32, Agios Nikolaos with 26, Nea Propontida and Sithonia with 18, Hersonissos with 17, Aristotelis and Chios with 15, and Volos and Kos with 12.

    The areas that had the highest increases in the number of Blue Flags compared to last year were Kos (from 10 to 12), Corfu (from 9 to 10), and Corinthia (from 6 to 8).

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