Blue Flag Beaches

Blue Beaches

With 430 blue flag winning beaches, Greece in 2017 maintained its second position in the world among 50 countries. First emerged the prefecture of Halkidiki in Greece this year, with 52 flags.

Definition of a Blue Flag Beach

The award of a Blue Flag is based on compliance with a number of criteria; some imperative and some guideline, covering the following:

  • Environmental Education and Information
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Safety and Services

Environmental and Education Information

A brief summary of the Blue Flag Programme should be included on the main information board and should include details of the responsible managing authority locally, nationally and internationally. Alternatively, Beach Operators can include their own wording along the following lines: To attain the Blue Flag, Beach Operators have to fulfill a number of criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and services, water quality. Brief details of the environmental education activities need to be displayed on the main information board. As part of the Blue Flag Programme, Council runs a number of environmental education activities throughout the season.

Information on bathing water quality must be displayed. This should be in a format which is easily understood by the public and should be kept up-to-date as soon as data is made available from the monitoring authority. Information relating to local eco-systems and environmental phenomena must be displayed.

The following items should be indicated on the beach map where applicable:

  • ”You are here” pointers
  • Lifeguards or lifesaving equipment
  • The area patrolled (beaches with lifeguards)
  • First aid equipment
  • Telephones
  • Toilets (including toilets for disabled)
  • Drinking water
  • Car and bicycle parking
  • Authorised camping sites at/near the beach
  • Recycling facilities
  • Larger waste receptacles
  • Water sampling points
  • Access points (including disabled access points)
  • Zoning (swimming, sailing, surfing etc) where applicable
  • Nearby public transport
  • Footpaths
  • Demarcation of Blue Flag area
  • Rivers and inflows
  • Local landmarks (where applicable)
  • Storm water outlets
  • Nearby natural sensitive areas
  • Scale bar
  • Direction (North)
  • A code of conduct for the beach area must be displayed and the laws governing beach use must be easily available to the public upon request.

The Blue Flag is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental environmental organisation and is represented by such national organisations in each of the participating countries.

It is an imperative criterion that all Blue Flag beaches have a Common Information Board (all relevant information in one place) in a prominent position at the beach main access point. This Common Information Board should include all beach, safety, and Blue Flag information, together with water quality sampling results, code of conduct and details of environmental education activities.

FEE is keen to see the standardization of beach information boards, so that beach visitors can immediately locate the important information they need to make their visit both safe and enjoyable. This will ensure a uniformed approach to signage on beaches throughout Greece and the RNLI guidance adheres to nationally approved standards, whilst allowing Beach Operators the flexibility to display their own branding and the opportunity to use local manufacturers to ensure the best value.

Water Quality

Guideline water must meet the guideline standard for total coliform, fecal coliform, and fecal streptococci parameters. There should be at least 20 samples taken at regular intervals throughout the bathing season. To meet Blue Flag criteria, there must be no more than 17 days between water quality samples. The first sample must be taken within 5-17 days before the beginning of the bathing season. The last sample must be taken within 17 days before the last day of the Blue Flag season. Compliance of the community with requirements for sewage treatment and effluent quality.

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Environmental Management

The beach must be clean. Algae vegetation or other natural debris should be left to decay on the beach unless it constitutes a nuisance. Waste disposal bins/containers must be available on/by the beach in adequate numbers and they must be regularly maintained. There must be recycling facilities for at least 3 types of recyclable materials (these could include glass, paper, clothing, cans, etc) on or near the beach. Separate facilities should be provided for each type and they should ideally not be more than 200 meters away from the beach (the beach car park is fine) and should be clearly signed on the information board and on the ground.

Please note that recycling bins for brown, clear and green glass do not constitute recycling for 3 types of materials, only one type of material – glass.

Alternatively, a single facility may be installed for receiving different types of materials; provided the accepted materials are clearly marked on the receptacle and that the materials are sorted and recycled following collection.

An adequate number of toilet and restroom facilities must be provided. The number of toilet facilities available at the beach should be adequate to meet the needs of beach users even at peak times. Toilet or restroom facilities must be kept clean. The facilities must be clean at all times. The frequency of checking and cleaning the facilities must reflect the intensity of their use. Beaches with a fair number of daily visitors must have their facilities checked and cleaned every day or several times a day.

Toilet or restroom facilities must have controlled sewage disposal

Dogs must be banned from the Blue Flag award area of the beach and other domestic animals must be strictly controlled. This ban should be an enforced bye-law or Dog Control Order and should be in place throughout the bathing season (May to September). The dog ban could be either a 24/7 ban or a timed ban. If a timed ban is in place this must be clearly communicated to the general public through clear signage. The award area of the beach must be properly cleansed of all dog feces at the start of each day before the timed bog ban comes into place. The dog ban area should be marked on the beach map and on the ground with clear signage in place.

Blue Flag Beaches Map

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Alexandroupolιs Municipal Beach: 40.846492, 25.850573
Kyani Akti: 40.852585, 25.687658
Arogi beach: 40.950410, 25.161780
Fanari Beach: 40.961189, 25.127549
Fanari Camping Beach: 40.954849, 25.139637
Mesi beach: 40.941562, 25.193123
Mangana Beach: 40.915205, 24.891622
Erasmio Beach: 40.895737, 24.861732
Avdira Beach - Porto Molo, Avdira: 40.945595, 24.994809
Mirodato Beach: 40.930545, 24.944928
Mandra Beach: 40.968584, 25.013295
Makriamos Beach: 40.770297, 24.726158
Golden Beach, Thasos: 40.726455, 24.756618
Pefkari: 40.617536, 24.597052
Alexandra Beach: 40.614074, 24.602561
Prinos Beach: 40.761667, 24.563333
Ormos Prinou Beach: 40.755524, 24.562765
Ammoglossa Beach: 40.858132, 24.685959
Batis Beach: 40.914901, 24.378790
Tosca Beach: 40.908094, 24.367084
Kalamitsa beach: 40.920758, 24.383175
Perigiali Beach: 40.945134, 24.431449
Ammolofoi Beach: 40.812388, 24.293646
Nea Iraklitsa: 40.864688, 24.316559
Nea Peramos: 40.838558, 24.303196
Sarakina Beach: 40.785719, 24.231406
Orfani Beach: 40.765226, 23.899220
Kiani Akti: 40.758885, 23.751451
Serraiki Akti: 40.741756, 23.725842
Asprovalta: 40.723770, 23.708563
Vrasna Beach: 40.690072, 23.692364
Nea Vrasna Beach: 40.707059, 23.703518
Serraiki Akti: 40.741756, 23.725842
Stavros Beach: 40.666317, 23.694119
Agia Triada: 40.499989, 22.876628
Nei Epivates: 40.498770, 22.912228
Perea-Kochyli beach: 40.258552, 23.201257
Kochyli Beach: 40.258552, 23.201257
Potamos Beach: 40.381563, 22.922281
Ierissos Beach: 40.401954, 23.880782
Ouranoupolis Beach: 40.324239, 23.982362
Akti Ouranoupoli: 40.347309, 23.963510
Theoxenia Beach: 40.346446, 23.964681
Akrathos Beach: 40.346004, 23.966299
Xenia Beach: 40.329370, 23.978004
Agios Pavlos: 40.364073, 23.929488
Nea Roda Beach: 40.383712, 23.924279
Stratoni Beach: 40.514174, 23.825488
Kampos Beach: 40.352570, 23.733140
Olympiada Beach: 40.593136, 23.783085
Alykes Beach: 40.319063, 23.916286
Sarti Beach: 40.094706, 23.976014
Sykia Beach: 40.042381, 23.983256
Toroni Beach: 39.987190, 23.902968
Nikiti Beach, Greece: 40.210769, 23.673134
Platanitsi Beach: 40.118682, 23.979848
Porto Carras: 40.077221, 23.791359
Meliton Beach: 39.962991, 23.926593
Elia Beach: 40.160927, 23.727797
Makria Lagada: 40.135320, 23.746980
Porfi Beach: 40.227170, 23.632857
Paradisos Beach: 40.103951, 23.777943
Trani Ammouda beach: 40.244077, 23.724115
Neos Marmaras Beach: 40.087474, 23.792183
Armenistis beach: 40.154887, 23.914876
Kryopigi Beach: 40.044220, 23.481330
Fourka Beach: 39.996027, 23.381867
Polychrono Beach: 40.015408, 23.526959
Chaniotis Beach: 40.000770, 23.574840
Grecotel Pella Beach: 39.999776, 23.578798
Sani Beach: 40.099679, 23.306704
Kamares Beach: 40.188102, 23.797415
Kamares Beach, Sifnos, Greece: 36.990857, 24.678603
Platis Gialos: 36.930378, 24.729417
Logaras Beach, Paros, Greece: 37.032260, 25.254655
Golden Beach Paros: 37.010549, 25.240388
Paralia Pounta: 37.028193, 25.252374
Chrisi Akti: 37.010607, 25.237358
Livadia beach: 37.090494, 25.156809
Agia Anna beach: 37.068521, 25.356092
Maragas beach: 37.060375, 25.357315
Agios Prokopios Beach: 37.075028, 25.351664
Agios Georgios Beach: 36.861297, 25.468540
Galissas Beach: 37.421009, 24.877504
Azolimnos beach: 37.410608, 24.961704
Kini Bay: 37.444396, 24.902661
Vari Beach: 37.390823, 24.944850
Finikas Beach: 37.398377, 24.878069
Aphrodite Beach: 37.442308, 25.421025
Kalafatis Beach: 37.439016, 25.419309
Agios Fokas Beach: 37.535762, 25.185792
Aneroussa Beach: 37.847800, 24.791300
Agios Petros beach: 37.878784, 24.752945
Batsi beach: 37.858797, 24.784760
Koundouros: 37.580964, 24.278085
Otzias bay: 37.674718, 24.350338
Yialiskari Beach: 37.662480, 24.321477
Potokaki beach: 37.686610, 26.919362
Paralia Glikoriza: 37.694246, 26.962749
Agia Fotini beach: 38.291778, 26.118304
Karfas beach: 38.321206, 26.152461
Chios Municipal Beach: 38.363416, 26.143596
Agia Paraskevi βεαψη: 38.392489, 26.137322
Agios Isidoros βεαψη: 38.365448, 22.620423
Plaka Dilesi: 38.343053, 23.654611
Alykes Drosias: 38.498459, 23.532607
Lefkandi beach: 38.410683, 23.674368
Paralia Asteria: 38.466454, 23.587784
Schinias Beach: 38.142198, 24.035305
Porto Rafti: 37.884279, 24.009028
Eden Beach: 37.728061, 23.907838
Grand Beach: 37.779398, 23.888955
Grand Resort Lagonissi Beach: 37.786478, 23.886138
Varkiza Beach: 37.817550, 23.799247
Astir Beach: 37.810293, 23.773853
Voula Beach: 37.845345, 23.760453
Glyfada Beach: 37.865283, 23.740806
Limni Beach: 37.961506, 23.999663
Agia Marina beach: 37.745904, 23.536635
Askeli beach: 37.508676, 23.467961
Kakia Lagada: 36.310995, 22.999356
Kapsali beach: 36.144192, 23.002115
Loutraki beach: 37.975903, 22.977459
Posidonos beach: 37.973374, 22.975456
Pefkakia beach: 37.975903, 22.977459
Vocha beach: 37.957806, 22.803969
Kokkoni Beach: 37.970604, 22.780253
Pefkias beach: 38.077264, 22.632697
Hinitsa Bay: 37.305761, 23.144767
Nafplio beach: 37.544118, 22.822814
Tolo beach: 37.524238, 22.863133
Kallisto beach: 37.464170, 22.745663
Neapoli beach: 36.510835, 23.060122
Archangelos Beach: 36.628062, 22.878354
Pachiammos beach: 36.688378, 22.840044
Tigania beach: 36.738586, 22.810450
Monemvasia beach: 36.687602, 23.056032
Paralia Pori: 36.717655, 23.023095
Skoutari beach: 36.665613, 22.503036
Mavrovouni Beach: 36.733250, 22.570512
Belle Helene Beach: 36.701285, 22.521457
Selinitsa Beach: 36.779944, 22.572467
Mikri Mantineia Beach: 36.985021, 22.150308
Terma Beach: 37.013033, 21.990748
Navarinou beach: 37.023593, 22.129859
Almyros Beach: 36.994083, 22.154620
Bouka beach: 37.014493, 21.997066
Dunes Beach: 36.913076, 21.696347
Aldemar beach: 37.705005, 21.320413
Kourouta beach: 37.768297, 21.296726
Arkoudi beach: 37.846949, 21.109787
Vartholomio Beach: 37.815539, 21.209236
Glyfa Beach: 37.831478, 21.148886
Chryssi Akti: 37.945774, 21.214241
Robinson beach: 37.881296, 21.110823
Loutra Kyllinis beach: 37.864208, 21.194513
Olympia Riviera Oasis: 37.877248, 21.112088
Kalogria Beach: 38.160212, 21.370597
Niforeika beach: 38.159082, 21.523174
Lakopetra Beach: 38.176708, 21.489269
Tigania beach: 38.248686, 21.735171
Alyki beach: 38.259822, 22.108743
Digeliotika beach: 38.256575, 22.123761
Pouda Beach: 38.178565, 22.233458
Psani beach: 38.390706, 21.824478
Kryoneri beach: 37.312228, 22.821345
Kato Vasiliki beach: 38.352663, 21.625632
Kyani beach: 37.526694, 22.865124
Monolithi Beach: 39.041632, 20.709559
Tsoukes beach: 38.959401, 20.754488
Megali Ammos Beach: 39.398049, 20.256836
Loutsa beach: 39.187814, 20.533741
Valtos Beach: 39.285368, 20.391774
Ammoudia bay: 39.241300, 20.481400
Drepano Beach: 39.515568, 20.207657
Mega Ammos beach: 39.398605, 20.255782
Karavostasi Beach: 39.338267, 20.290798
Kommeno Bay: 39.665130, 19.856383
Kontokali Bay: 39.649332, 19.860331
Alykes Potamou beach: 39.633648, 19.885310
Almyros beach: 39.790600, 19.818306
Canal d’ Amour: 39.797052, 19.698038
Daphnila Bay: 39.666129, 19.849190
Thalasso beach: 39.391346, 20.108172
Agios Ioannis Peristeron: 39.512738, 19.923722
Kontogialos beach: 39.576159, 19.829995
Kavos beach: 39.380089, 20.115650
ISSOS BEACH: 39.431892, 19.932661
Agios Ioannis Beach: 38.836247, 20.678867
Gyra Beach: 38.833626, 20.688330
Pefkoulia Beach: 38.809169, 20.632379
Kathisma Beach: 38.776794, 20.600208
Porto Katsiki: 38.601174, 20.550337
Nydri Beach: 38.709400, 20.713900
Poros Beach: 38.640997, 20.696980
Ponti Beach: 38.633542, 20.594310
Petani Beach: 38.261628, 20.377575
Platys Gialos beach: 38.149067, 20.486254
Makris Gialos Beach: 38.154340, 20.480938
Avithos beach: 38.102331, 20.537843
Lourdas Beach: 38.112308, 20.636058
Ammas Beach: 38.109516, 20.509810
Skala Beach: 38.074008, 20.800832
Aragia Porou beach: 38.153965, 20.771284
Myrtos Beach: 38.343350, 20.536309
Xi Beach: 38.160425, 20.413600
Katelios Beach: 38.064967, 20.750514
Antisamos Beach: 38.260554, 20.674021
Mediterranee beach: 38.161191, 20.479928
Alykanas Beach: 37.841687, 20.780544
Alykanas Beach: 37.839589, 20.775575
Amboula Beach: 37.826633, 20.846815
Tsilivi Beach: 37.817094, 20.869028
Bouka Beach: 37.821621, 20.863336
Amboula Beach: 37.826633, 20.846815
Katragaki beach: 37.828909, 20.840000
Gerakas Beach: 37.706675, 20.987400
Kalamaki Beach: 37.734097, 20.891421
Louros Beach: 37.737123, 20.891361
Zante Blue Beach: 37.710887, 20.857296
Limni Keriou beach: 37.683396, 20.835743
Banana beach: 37.732036, 20.980994
Chrissi Akti beach: 37.736744, 20.891567
Paralia Krioneri: 37.801203, 20.903469
Voulisma beach: 35.125312, 25.744437
Grammeno beach: 35.233158, 23.637032
Pachia Ammos Beach: 35.231280, 23.678730
Chalikia Beach: 35.233211, 23.685903
Sougia Beach: 35.248536, 23.810888
Pachia Ammos Beach: 35.231280, 23.678730
MAVROS MOLOS BEACH: 35.499670, 23.647019
Elafonisi lagoon: 35.271243, 23.541128
Geraniotis beach: 35.519121, 23.896154
Porto Platanias Beach: 35.518761, 23.912719
Platanias Beach: 35.518616, 23.894113
Kolymbari Beach: 35.537861, 23.792537
Cavo Spada beach: 35.534975, 23.803228
Stalos beach: 35.514789, 23.943785
Agioi Apostoli beach: 35.510556, 23.975588
Chrissi Akti beach: 35.512807, 23.989374
Agia Marina beach: 35.517201, 23.925483
Kalamaki beach: 35.513720, 23.968888
Marathi Beach: 35.504611, 24.173291
Stavros Beach: 35.591788, 24.095070
Agios Onoufrios beach: 35.548778, 24.063249
Kalathas beach: 35.549840, 24.083181
Nea Chora Beach: 35.513658, 24.005920
Apokoronos beach: 35.451222, 24.176920
Kalyves Beach: 35.452171, 24.174010
Almyrida Beach: 35.448638, 24.200725
Kiani Akti: 35.463795, 24.157961
Kavros beach: 35.351535, 24.301076
Anemos beach: 35.353977, 24.281051
Georgioupolis Resort: 35.352255, 24.285874
Pilot Beach: 35.356862, 24.273975
Mare Monte Beach: 35.357200, 24.271697
Aquila Porto: 35.366301, 24.486813
Kriti Beach: 35.366450, 24.485007
Ilios Beach: 35.366524, 24.485827
Pearl Beach: 35.368186, 24.506022
Steris Beach: 35.366600, 24.488716
Creta Palace: 35.369092, 24.518737
Minos Mare Royal: 35.369892, 24.529739
Aquila Rithymna Beach: 35.373450, 24.544967
White Palace beach: 35.378628, 24.565437
Skaleta beach: 35.391554, 24.613106
Grecotel Club: 35.417623, 24.685738
Iberostar Creta Panorama beach: 35.416508, 24.649265
Bali Paradise Beach: 35.407887, 24.782334
Plakias beach: 35.185445, 24.399322
Rodakino Βay: 35.190855, 24.314826
Agia Galini beach: 35.098083, 24.692279
Apollonia Beach: 35.338456, 25.057569
Fodele beach: 35.402316, 24.954925
Agapi Beach: 35.336749, 25.077791
Agios Vassilios beach: 35.336378, 25.084662
Santa Marina beach: 35.336267, 25.072763
Atlantica Akti Zeus beach: 35.338901, 25.056816
Athina Palace beach: 35.400114, 25.036340
Silva Beach: 35.311343, 25.399044
Aldemar Royal Mare: 35.334514, 25.379564
Aldemar Knossos Royal: 35.335359, 25.382876
Lyttos Beach: 35.335215, 25.352264
Agios Georgios: 35.337247, 25.386563
AKS Annabelle Village: 35.335450, 25.381700
Nana Beach: 35.303392, 25.420960
Cretan Malia Park: 35.294575, 25.477707
Potamos Beach: 35.296397, 25.486264
Themis Beach: 35.292456, 25.434340
Knossos Beach: 35.331844, 25.245809
Agia Pelagia: 35.290255, 25.452939
Akrogiali Beach: 35.291910, 25.454857
Creta Maris Beach: 35.324719, 25.386872
Kalimera Kriti: 35.312707, 25.531607
Elounda Bay Palace: 35.252215, 25.729926
Elounda Mare: 35.246502, 25.730181
Porto Elounda: 35.263092, 25.721593
Elounda Village: 35.239216, 25.733366
Elounda Blu: 35.277473, 25.723928
Domes of Elounda Chiona: 35.289972, 25.729189
Blue Palace: 35.294252, 25.726869
Saint Nicolas Bay: 35.205590, 25.718237
Minos Palace: 35.202778, 25.718200
Minos Beach: 35.200058, 25.713786
Hermes Coral: 35.194184, 25.716952
Kitroplateia beach: 35.189185, 25.721062
Ammos beach: 35.187073, 25.715976
Almyros beach: 35.177357, 25.709400
Ammos beach: 35.187073, 25.715976
Istron Bay: 35.205677, 25.718323
Istron Bay: 35.205677, 25.718323
Ammoudara beach: 35.162799, 25.712860
Voulisma beach: 35.125312, 25.744437
Agios Panteleimonas: 35.030972, 25.911373
Candia Park: 35.218364, 25.711998
Mirabello Beach: 35.214621, 25.711977
Sitia beach: 35.205085, 26.109227
Finikodasos beach: 35.258444, 26.261468
Kouremenos beach: 35.211978, 26.267545
Chiona Beach: 35.198102, 26.276591
Kato Zakros: 35.097689, 26.262769
Analipsi beach: 35.039634, 25.980844
Makrigialos Beach: 35.038659, 25.988344
Mikri Poli beach: 35.037204, 25.990378
Ierapetra Beach: 35.011896, 25.740745
Agia Fotia beach: 35.022124, 25.876182
Myrtos: 35.003953, 25.584671
Koutsounari Long Beach: 35.004939, 25.819703
Kakkos Bay: 35.013082, 25.840337
Rodos Princess Beach: 36.051228, 27.968536
Lindos Princess Beach: 36.079470, 28.019127
Lindian Village: 36.066656, 27.991710
Irene Palace beach: 36.255607, 28.166453
Mikri Poli beach: 36.259470, 28.163900
Mythos Beach: 36.264860, 28.163268
Atlantica Imperial Beach: 36.249675, 28.165552
Atlantica Imperial Beach: 36.249675, 28.165552
Ammoudes beach: 36.366039, 28.216783
Palladium & Elycium Resort: 36.369381, 28.221571
Aldemar Amilia beach: 36.397278, 28.230271
Grecotel Rhodos Royal beach: 36.360112, 28.211579
Esperides Beach: 36.360830, 28.213069
Amada Colossos beach: 36.364753, 28.218224
Esperos Palace beach: 36.362423, 28.214865
Calypso Beach: 36.353335, 28.208170
Blue Sea beach: 36.356506, 28.210332
Epsilon beach: 36.335940, 28.202713
Sunwing Kallithea Beach: 36.406214, 28.227116
Sun Beach Resort beach: 36.422802, 28.153013
Princess Adriana Resort beach: 36.057811, 27.975611
Mitsis Rodos Village beach: 36.055789, 27.973319
Electra Palace Resort beach: 36.422024, 28.146457
Lindos Blu beach: 36.102202, 28.072139
Atrium Palace beach: 36.125777, 28.064912
Atrium Prestige beach: 36.427399, 28.201124
Lee Beach: 36.071298, 28.051340
Lakitira Resort beach: 36.759530, 27.112170
Neptune Hotels beach: 36.751200, 26.976100
Robinson Club Daidalos beach: 36.761295, 27.099790
Oceanis Beach: 36.873905, 27.349949
Blue Lagoon beach: 36.769533, 27.054345
Caravia Beach: 36.881602, 27.153197
Mitsis Norida Beach: 36.812995, 27.180286
Astir Odysseus beach: 36.891460, 27.237282
PERISSA BEACH: 36.355792, 25.474704
Agios Georgios beach: 36.340805, 25.455901
Vlychada Beach: 36.339968, 25.431058
Perivolos beach: 36.345199, 25.464584
Kamari Beach: 36.372975, 25.482923
Mylopotas Beach: 36.713683, 25.294597
Manganari beach: 36.658666, 25.369438
Provatas Beach: 36.669503, 24.448098
Tsamakia Beach: 39.108116, 26.564220
Skala Eressou beach: 39.130834, 25.934679
Eftalou Beach: 39.378877, 26.215121
Kagia beach: 39.373455, 26.313845
Agios Isidoros beach: 38.968152, 26.390303
Molyvos beach: 39.368976, 26.167517
Vatera Beach: 39.018410, 26.218401
Thermi beach: 39.181684, 26.499929
Anaxos beach: 39.319112, 26.148806
Petra Beach: 39.327794, 26.175283
Nyfida beach: 39.086502, 26.134273
Evgatis beach: 39.929395, 25.065638
Ag. Ioannis beach: 39.927147, 25.066980
Paralia Thanous beach: 39.841327, 25.079379
Plati Beach: 39.858271, 25.064025
Porto Carras Beach: 40.077221, 23.791359
Sani Marina: 40.098839, 23.310972
Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort: 39.927736, 23.707827
Olympic Marina: 37.696625, 24.056234
Agios Kosmas Marina: 37.877375, 23.729396
Flisvos Marina: 37.930173, 23.685137
Cleopatra Marina: 38.948612, 20.764932
Lefkada Marina: 38.717382, 20.715253
Gouvia Marina: 39.650187, 19.851752
Agios Nikolaos Marina: 35.187214, 25.717610
Kos Marina: 36.889955, 27.302283
Leros Marina: 37.128733, 26.859137
Korinos beach: 40.305737, 22.618408
Mediterranean Village: 40.285664, 22.605603
Kallithea beach: 40.267214, 22.598190
Olympiaki: 40.239981, 22.585293
Mylos Beach: 40.088619, 22.567493
Leptokarya beach: 40.060058, 22.562738
Skotina beach: 40.028502, 22.588277
Panteleimonas beach: 40.012547, 22.593064
Platamon Beach: 39.990130, 22.623863
Nea Mesagala beach: 39.951892, 22.706496
Neoi Poroi beach: 39.976100, 22.638640
Agiokampos beach: 39.697826, 22.875364
Platanidia Beach: 39.315455, 23.049018
Karnagio beach: 39.319762, 23.015597
Agria, Volos, Magnesia Prefecture, Greece: 39.340839, 23.012605
Agria Valis: 39.337894, 23.013035
Anavros beach: 39.351731, 22.962830
Alykes beach: 39.326402, 22.927298
Amaryllidos beach: 39.167440, 22.888835
Nea Agchialos beach: 39.267746, 22.814827
Almyros beach: 39.207898, 22.822152
Koukounaries Beach: 39.148730, 23.401936
Maratha beach: 39.145731, 23.409999
Adrina beach: 39.113076, 23.653274
Glyfa Port: 38.952423, 22.969814
Kamena Vourla beach: 38.776025, 22.781361
Yialos Beach: 36.726079, 25.272697
New golden beach: 37.015112, 25.249976
Aeolis Aghios Georgios Beach: 37.098516, 25.375466
Skala Atalantis: 38.671677, 23.075329
Vlychada beach: 38.656557, 23.227416
Kalamia beach: 38.746386, 23.040731
Livanates beach: 38.711495, 23.050673
Megali Ammos beach: 36.962379, 22.988503

Safety and services

An adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach. Provision of lifeguarding should be determined by the results of your risk assessment. However, the presence of lifeguards at a Blue Flag beach is recommended in order to increase the safety level at the beach, especially at beaches with a high number of beachgoers. If lifeguards are present, there must be an adequate number (minimum two) placed at appropriate intervals according to the beach characteristics and use. The number of lifeguards can vary over the Blue Flag season according to peak and low use of the beach. Lifeguards should be easily recognizable and must have appropriate lifesaving equipment.

Lifesaving equipment

Lifesaving equipment can replace lifeguards at beaches with low hazard risks and with few users. Provision of public rescue equipment should be determined by the results of your risk assessment. The lifesaving equipment should include access to an emergency telephone. The equipment should be regularly inspected and clearly positioned, visible and located at regular intervals permitting it to be identified and reached quickly from any point on the beach.

On beaches without lifeguards, maximum intervals of 100 meters between the equipment are recommended. Lifesaving equipment must be accompanied by instructions for use and what to do in the case of a rescue. For more information on public rescue equipment, the RNLI has produced a guide in consultation with other key water-related bodies, aimed at helping Coastal Managers determine and plan their PRE requirements.

Beach operators

In order to be eligible for a Blue Flag, Beach Operators must undertake and submit an up-to-date risk assessment. This must consider all activities that are undertaken on the beach or in the water adjacent to the proposed award beach. If you have aquatic users you should ensure that your risk assessment includes an aquatic risk management plan. An individual risk assessment must be submitted for each beach for which you are applying for an award. Risk assessments will be evaluated on an individual basis by an external panel.

First aid

First aid should either be available by way of a lifeguard on-site; a manned first aid station with trained personnel; equipment located in a shop or other beach facilities at the beach; or, directly available to the public on the beach. First-aid facilities can either be attended or unattended. It is strongly recommended that busy beaches and family beaches have attended first-aid stations. First-aid stations or the location of first-aid equipment must be clearly sign-posted and marked on the beach map for easy location by beach visitors. Times of availability of first-aid equipment should be displayed.

Clear operational procedures must be in place for dealing with any overlapping of user groups, ensuring that no conflicts or accidents occur. A risk assessment should be carried out highlighting and addressing any overlapping needs from the different user groups. The assessment should identify who the different user groups are, what risks there could be and how these risks are managed. There must be safety measures in place to protect users of the beach  A beach must be accessible in order to be eligible for the Blue Flag.

Access paths

In addition, the access provided must be safe. Therefore, beaches that are physically challenging to access must have provisions that facilitate safe access, such as secured steps with handrails. Similarly, roads in the vicinity of the beach, which must be crossed to access the beach, must have designated crosswalks. Beach promenades and steps onto the beach must be complete and in good condition in order to be safe. Reserved places for disabled persons must be clearly marked and give easy access to resort facilities. Where it is absolutely necessary to park on the beach it must be safe, controlled, clearly marked and defined.

Other access paths must also be safe, with regulations for other traffic types such as cars and bicycles. Bicycle paths should be encouraged whenever relevant. Similarly, car and bicycle parking should be provided as needed and where appropriate. Where promenade edges are higher than 2 meters above the beach, warning signs/line and/or a barrier should be set up to prevent accidental falls.

Drinking water

If a source of potable drinking water is available on the awarded beach it should be protected from animals and/or birds. If you feel that the water cannot be protected then it must be removed or advertised as non-drinking water. It is acceptable for the Beach Operator to have an arrangement with local businesses to supply a glass of drinking water free-of-charge or alternatively, this could be available from the lifeguard or Beach Supervisor hut. The drinking water should be clearly signed and easy to find.

Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities

At least one Blue Flag beach in each authority must have access and facilities provided for the physically disabled. For authorities that are looking to redevelop their toilet facilities consideration should be given to the introduction of changing places facilities.

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