Greece Ranks 3rd Worldwide in ‘Blue Flag’ Beaches

Greece Ranks 3rd Worldwide in ‘Blue Flag’ Beaches

395 Greek beaches and nine marinas won the international quality Blue Flag award this year, putting Greece in third place worldwide among 50 countries, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF).

The announcement was made during a EEPF press conference in Katerini. EEPF is the national operator of the International Blue Flags program in Greece, in cooperation with the Pieria Hoteliers Association.

According to EEPF, the Blue Flag is the most recognizable and popular international symbol of quality in the world. Since 1987 the award has been given to beaches and marinas that meet the strict award criteria. The beaches not only need to have excellent quality bathing waters. They also need to meet 32 criteria, which refer to cleanliness, organization, information, swimmer and visitor safety, protection of the natural wealth of the beach and coastal area, as well as environmental awareness.

The founder and international coordinator of the program is the Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), with 63 member-countries from all continents. In Greece, FEE is represented by EEPF, the oldest environmental organization in the country, founded in 1951, which organizes active environmental interventions, actions and nature conservation projects.

Here is a list of Greece’s Blue Flag beaches:

EVROS[2]
Municip. Alexandroupolis

Alexandroupolis Municipal Beach, Kyani Akti

RODOPI [3]
Municipality Komotinis

Arogi, Fanari/Ioulia, Mesi

XANTHI [4]
Municipality Topirou
Mangana, Municipality Avdiron, Avdira/Porto Molo, Myrodato, Mandra

KAVALA [14]
Municipality Thassou
Makryammos, Chryssi Ammoudia 2, Pefkari 2
Prinos/Dasylio 2
Municipality Nestou
Ammoglossa/Keramoti 1
Municipality Kavalas
Batis, Toska, Kalamitsa, Perigialli
Municipality Pangeou
Ammolofoi, Nea Iraklitsa, Nea Peramos, Sarakina, Ofrynio/Touzla

SERRES [1]
Municipality Amfipolis
Kyani Akti

THESSALONIKI [12]
Municipality Volvis
Serraiki Akti, Asprovalta, Paralia Vrasnon, Nea Vrasna, Porto Fino, Stavros Kentriki, Stavros Anatoliki, Stavros Dytiki
Municipality Thermaikou
Agia Triada/PIKPA, Nei Epivates, Perea, Potamos

CHALKIDIKI [39]
Municipality Aristotelis
Ierissos/Dimotiki 1, Ierissos/Dimotiki 2, Ierissos/Dimotiki 3, Kampoudi 1, Kampoudi 2, Kampoudi 3, Ouranoupoli 1, Ouranoupoli 2, Ouranoupoli 3, Agios Pavlos, Porto Agio, Nea Roda 2, Stratoni, Kampos
Municipality Sithonias
Sarti 1, Sykia, Toroni, Nikiti 2, Platanitsi, Porto Carras 1, Porto Carras 2, Elia 2, Makria Lagada, Lagomandra, Marmaras C, Livrochio 1, Marmaras B, Armenistis
Municipality Kassandras
Kryopigi 2, Kryopigi 4, Fourka, Polichrono 3, Chanioti 1, Chanioti 3, Sani 2, Sani 3
Municipality Polygyrou
Metamorfosi
Municip. Neas Propontidas
Eleonas, Nea Potidea

PIERIA [5]
Municipality Katerinis
Olympiaki Akti, Paralia, Kallithea, Kallithea/Mediterranean Vilage, Korinos

LARISA [5]
Municip. Tempon
Nea Mesaggala 1, Nea Mesaggala 2, Nea Mesaggala 3
Municipality Agias
Agiokampos/Chrissi Akti, Stomio

MAGNISIA [16]
Municip. Notiou Piliou
Koropi/Boufa, Kala Nera, Kala Nera/Ther. Axiomatikon, Ambovos, Kalifteri
Municipality Volou
Agria/Barba Thomas, Anavros, Alykes, Amarylida, Amfanon, Chryssi Panagia, Platanidia, Nea Agchialos 2
Municipality Skiathou
Koukounaries, Maratha
Municipality Skopelou
Andrina

FTHIOTIDA [7]
Municipality Stylidas
Glyfa
Municip. Molou – Agiou Konstantinou
Kamena Vourla/Galini
Municipality Lokron
Skala Atalantis, Livanates 1/Kiani Akti, Livanates 2/Schinias, Souvala Arkitsas, Livrichio Arkitsas

FOKIDA [8]
Municip. Doridos
Eratini, Chiliadou, Sergoula, Monastiraki
Municip. Delfon
Maiami, Trokandero / Agali, Agioi Pantes, Kalafatis

VIOTIA [2]
Municipality Distomou – Arachovas – Antikyras
Agios Isidoros
Municip. Tanagras
Plaka Dilessiou

EVIA [4]
Municipality Chalkideon
Alykes Drosias, Lefkandi, Asteria Chalkidas
Municipality Eretrias
Eretria 3

ATTIKI [13]
Municipality Marathona
Schinias/Karavi, Brexiza
Municip. Markopoulou Mesogeas
Avlaki
Municipality Saronikou
Mavro Lithari/Eden Beach, Lagonissi 1 / Grand Beach, Lagonissi 2 / Mediterraneo, Lagonissi 3 / Kochylia
Municipality Varis – Voulas – Vouliagmenis
Varkiza, Asteras Vouliagmenis, Vouliagmeni, Voula A
Municipality Aiginas
Agia Marina
Municipality Kythiron
Kakia Lagada

KORINTHIA [11]
Municip. Loutrakiou – Agion Theodoron
Loutraki 1, Loutraki 2, Loutraki/Boutsi, Pefkakia
Municipality Velou – Vochas
Kokkoni, Vrahati
Municipality Sikyonion
Pefkias
Municipality Xylokastrou – Evrostinis
Xylokastro/Pefkias, Melissi, Sykia, Derveni

ARGOLIDA [3]
Municipality Ermionidas
Porto Cheli/Chinitsa
Municipality Nafplieon
Karathona, Tolo

LAKONIA [12]
Municipality Monemvasias
Neapoli, Archangelos, Plytra/Pachiammos, Tigania, Monemvasia, Pori, Megali Ammos
Municip. Anatolikis Manis
Skoutari, Mavrovouni 1, Mavrovouni 2, Vathi, Gytheio 2/Selinitsa

MESSINIA [5]
Municipality Kalamatas
Mikri Mandinia, Anatol. Kalamata 1 /Anastasi
Municipality Messinis
Bouka
Municipality Trifilias
Ai Lagoudis, Kalo Nero

ILIA [8]
Municipality Pyrgou
Skafidia
Municipality Ilidas
Kourouta
Municip. Piniou
Arkoudi, Vartholomio, Glyfa
Municipality Andravidas – Kyllinis
Kastro/Chryssi Akti 2, Loutra Kyllinis 1, Loutra Kyllinis 2

ACHAIA [5]
Municip. Dytikis Achaias
Kalogria, Lakkopetra
Municip. Egialias
Alyki, Digeliotika, Pounda

ETOLOAKARNANIA [1]
Municipality Nafpaktou
Psani

PREVEZA [5]
Municipality Prevezas
Kyani, Monolithi, Tsoukes
Municipality Pargas
Loutsa, Valtos

THESPROTIA [2]
Municip. Igoumenitsas
Drepano, Mega Ammos

CORFU/KERKYRA [7]
Municipality Kerkyras
Kommeno, Kontokali, Alykes Potamou, Dasia, Almyros, Canal d’Amour, Dafnila

LEFKADA [7]
Municipality Lefkadas
Agios Giannis, Lefkada/Gyra, Agios Nikitas-Pefkoulia, Kathisma 1, Porto Katsiki, Nidri, Mikros Gialos / Poros

KEFALONIA [12]
Municipality Kefalonias
Petani, Platys Gialos, Makrys Gialos, Avythos, Lourdas, Ammes, Skala, Aragia Porou, Myrtos, Xi, Agia Varvara / Katelios, Antisamos

ZAKYNTHOS [7]
Municipality Zakynthou
Alykanas 1, Alykes 1, Amboula Psarou, Tsilivi, Bouka, Amboula Tragaki, Katragaki

CHANIA [29]
Municip. Kandanou Selinou
Voulismeni, Grammeno, Pachia Ammos, Chalikia, Sougia
Municipality Kissamou
Falasarna / Pachia Ammos 1, Falasarna / Pachia Ammos 2, Kasteli / Mavros Molos-Plaka
Municipality Platania
Platanias, Platanias /Limanaki, Kolymvari, Rapaniana
Municipality Chanion
Stalos, Ag. Apostoli 1, Ag. Apostoli 2, Chrissi Akti, Agia Marina, Kalamaki, Nea Chora, Marathi, Stavros, Agios Onoufrios, Kalathas
Municipality Apokoronou
Maistrali, Kalyves Xyda, Almyrida, Kyani, Kavros, Perastikos

RETHYMNO [16]
Municipality Rethymnis
Rethymno 1, Rethymno 2, Rethymno 3, Rethymno 4 / Myssiria, Platanias Β/Rethymno 6, Adelianos Kampos A, Pigianos Kampos, Skaleta
Municip. Mylopotamou
Panormo/Limni, Lianos Kavos Lavris, Bali Varkotopos, Bali Livadi
Municip. Agiou Vassiliou
Damnoni, Plakias, Rodakino, Agia Galini/Ystero Varkotopi

IRAKLIO [17]
Municipality Maleviziou
Ellinoperamata, Fodele, Ammoudara 1, Ammoudara 4, Ammoudara 5
Municipality Chersonissou
Limenas Chersonissou 5, Agios Georgios 1, Agios Georgios 3, Anissaras, Agios Georgios 2/Panagia Rizi, Drapanos, Potamos, Potamos A, Kokkini Chani, Agia Pelagia / Menopetra, Kastri / Creta Maris
Municipality Festou
Matala

LASITHI [44]
Municip. Agiou Nikolaou
Spiliada, Poros 1, Poros 2, Elounda, Pigaidakia Eloundas, Schisma, Elounda 1, Driros, Chiona, Plaka, Chavania 2, Agios Nikolaos 1, Agios Nikolaos 2, Agios Nikolaos 3, Ammoudi, Kitroplateia, Ammos/Marina, Almyros, Ammos/Dimotiki, Pilos, Ammoudara, Voulisma, Agios Panteleimonas, Karavostasi, Chavania 1, Mirabello
Municipality Sitias
Sitia 1/Galliko, Sitia 2/Petra, Vai/Finikodasos, Kouremenos, Chiona, Kato Zakros, Vourlia, Limanaki, Analipsi, Makrygialos Langoufa
Municipality Ierapetras
Ierapetra 1 / Dimotiki, Ierapetra 2 / Dimotiki, Agia Fotia, Myrtos, Koutsounari/Agios Ioannis, Koutsounari 2, Katharades 1, Achlia Schinokapsalon

RODOS [23]
Municipality Rodou
Kiotari 3, Lardos 1, Lardos 3, Afantou 2, Kolymbia, Kolymbia A – Limanaki, Ammoudes/Faliraki, Kavourakia, Kallithea, Mandomata, Faliraki/Kastraki, Faliraki 1, Faliraki 2, Faliraki 3, Faliraki 4, Faliraki 5, Reni 1, Trianta B, Vagies / Ladiko, Faliraki /Kathara, Anatolika Enydriou, Galouni / Kokkinogia, Kremasti-Trianta

KOS [6]
Municipality Ko
Gourniatis, Troulos, Akro Chelonas, Pefkokefali/Agios Fokas, Lambi, Marmari

THIRA [3]
Municipality Thiras
Perissa, Kamari 1, Kamari 2

IOS [3]
Municipality Iiton
Ormos, Mylopotamos, Manganari

MILOS [1]
Municipality Milou
Provatas

SIFNOS [2]
Municipality Sifnou
Kamares, Platis Gialos

PAROS [5]
Municipality Parou
Logaras, Tserdakia, Pounta, Marpissa / Chrysi Akti, Livadia

NAXOS [3]
Municipality Naxou
Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Agios Georgios

SYROS [1]
Municip. Syrou-Ermoupolis
Galissas

MYKONOS [1]
Municipality Mykonou
Kalafatis

TINOS [1]
Municipality Tinou
Agios Fokas

ANDROS [1]
Municipality Androu
Delavogia

KEA [1]
Municipality Keas
Koundouros

SAMOS [2]
Municipality Samou
Potokaki 1, Glykoriza

CHIOS [4]
Municipality Chiou
Agia Fotini, Karfas, Dimotiki Plaz Chiou, Agia Paraskevi

LESVOS [8]
Municipality Lesvos
Tsamakia, Eftalou/Ag. Anargyri, Kagia, Anaxos, Agios Isidoros, Molyvos, Vatera, Kanoni Thermis

LIMNOS [4]
Municipality Limnou
Evgatis / Zematas, Agios Ioannis, Thanos, Platy

MARINAS

CHALKIDIKI [2]
Municipality Sithonias
Marina Porto Carras, Municipality Kassandras, Marina Sani

ATTIKI [2]
Municipality Lavreotikis
Οlympic Μarine, Municip. Paleou Falirou, Marina Flisvou

LEFKADA [1]
Municipality Lefkadas
Marina Lefkadas

CORFU/KERKYRA [1]
Municipality Kerkyras
Marina Gouvion

LASITHI [1]
Municipality Agiou Nikolaou
Marina Agiou Nikolaou

KOS [1]
Municipality Ko
Marina Ko

LEROS [1]
Municipality Lerou
Marina Lerou

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