Greece ranked second among 47 countries in the Blue Flag program for 2019, with 515 Greek beaches, 15 marinas and four sustainable tourism boats that won this year’s international quality award.

The Regional Unit of Chalkidiki ranked first in Greece this year, with 92 Blue Flags, while the International Commission awarded its flags to 3,779 beaches, 695 marinas and 67 sustainable tourism vessels all over the world.

The national organization responsible for the Blue Flag International Program in our country, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF), notes that the iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s best recognized voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators since 1987. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained. The award is valid for one year.

The project’s founder and international coordinator is the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which is based in Denmark, with 73 country-members from all continents.