Every year just before summer season all the coasts in Greece and in other countries are being carefully examined in order to be designated as proper and safe, with no environmental pollution and satisfying for the needs of their visitors. The award winning for each beach or coast is the “Blue Flag”.
The “Blue Flag”, is a symbol of quality in over 41 countries today awarded on strict criteria to organized beaches and marinas operated by coastal Municipalities, and hoteliers. The program of “Blue Flags” started as a voluntary program first time in France. The official start of the program was on June 5 at 1987 when it was presented to the council of the European Union.
Since 2000 in this voluntary programm have been participating 49 countries from different places around the world. The internationally responsible head-director of the program the FEE, (Foundation for Environmental Education) together with the Coordinators of the members countries, are constantly reshaping and changing the award winning criteria in order to improve the conditions on the coasts and marinas for their visitors.
Criteria for the “ Blue Flag”
So, in order a beach to get the “ Blue Flag” it needs to satisfy strict criteria relating to:
- Environmental education and information
- Excellent quality of sea water
- Environmental Management
- Safety, lifeguards, first aid, services and other facilities.
Corfu the award winning “championship” island
Greece is the country that has 394 award winning coasts and 9 marinas and Corfu is the island that has the most.
Corfu has managed to maintain the beauty and keep the coasts and the sea impact from environmental pollution and with completely satisfying services and facilities for the needs of the visitors. The rising number of visitors and tourists coming each year on Corfu island created luxurious Hotels, apartments, studios and villas and also coasts and marinas with crystal clear water and fully organized to provide a safe and clean coast environment for each visitor.
Arriving on Corfu you have 35 different award winning with the blue Flag coasts to visit. From the north rocky coast part of the island, to the sandy west and south there are beautiful beaches and sea coasts where you can enjoy the crystal blue water of the Ionian sea.
There are many reasons to choose Corfu as your holiday destination, the “Blue Flags” is now one more….