Not all Greek beaches are equal: 15 lose top ranking status


Kedros beach on the small island of Donousa



Fifteen beaches in Greece have lost their blue flag status after failing to meet the necessary criteria.


The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) which awards the blue flags in Greece, on behalf of the global Blue Flag group, said that the quality on these 15 beaches “remains excellent” but fell short in the provision of the right services by local authorities.


“The evaluators of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature and international evaluators who made unannounced visits, found serious deficiencies in the mandatory observance of the criteria that specifically concern: provision of services to swimmers and visitors, cleanliness, the correct information and safety of visitors being provided for, the natural coastal and coastal environment,” it said in a statement.


“The members of the National Crisis Committee and the Coordinating Committee of the Program decided to withdraw the awards for 2021, in order to preserve the prestige and credibility of the institution,” it added.


Across Greece there are more than 500 beaches that bear the Blue Flag based on an array of environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility standards that must be met and maintained.


The 15 beaches that lost their blue flags status are:


Tolo coast, Municipality of Nafplio, P.E. Argolida

Kondyli coast, Municipality of Nafplio, P.E. Argolida

Cote d'Azur, Municipality of Alexandroupolis, P.E. Evros

Alykanas coast 1, Municipality of Zakynthos, P.E. Zakynthos

Alykes coast 1, Municipality of Zakynthos, P.E. Zakynthos

Gialiskari coast, Municipality of Kea, P.E. Kea-Kythnos

Otzias coast, Municipality of Kea, P.E. Kea-Kythnos

Koundouros coast, Municipality of Kea, P.E. Kea-Kythnos

Aragia coast of Poros, Municipality of Argostoli, P.E. Of Kefalonia

Kallithea coast, Municipality of Katerini, P.E. Pieria

Peristas coasti, Municipality of Katerini, P.E. Pieria

Olympic coast, Municipality of Katerini, P.E. Pieria

Paralia coast, Municipality of Katerini, P.E. Pieria

Korinos coast, Municipality of Katerini, P.E. Pieria

Agios Mamas coast, Municipality of Nea Propontida, P.E. Of Halkidiki


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