The Blue Flag Programme is run by the independent non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education and is dedicated to labeling beaches and marinas appropriate for swimming. The criteria that a beach must fulfill to get a Blue Flag has to do with its cleanness, the water quality, organization, the safety of the swimmers, environmental protection and other services.
Usually, 3,200 beaches and marinas in 37 countries are tested every year in swimming periods and normally Greece is ranked in the first three positions, among countries from Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and the Caribbean. This eminence is another proof of the high-quality Greek seas that millions of tourists come every year to enjoy. Greece offers thousands of beaches both in the mainland and the Greek islands. There are 395 blue flag beaches in Greece.
Most Greece Blue Flag beaches are usually found in Halkidiki, on the northern side of Greece, while Dodecanese and Crete (particularly Lassithi) also gets high scores. The Ionian islands, particularly Kefalonia and Lefkada, also distinguish for their clean and organized beaches, proving that the Greek coasts have nothing to jealous out of the other famous beach resorts of the world.
In 2019, 515 Greek beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag.
Greece once again ranked second place on the Blue Flag quality award list among 49 countries.