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Crete Blue Flag Beaches 2010

Crete Gets Most Blue Flag Awards for Greece's Best Beaches 2010

Great Beaches are Clean and Well Run : One of the Benefits for Ex-Pats Living on Crete




Blue Flag Beach Agios Nikolaos

For the year 2010 Greece was awarded 421 Blue Flags, a prestigious status for its beaches along with 9 marinas. Greece continues to win many Blue Flag beach awards and one of the attractions for ex-Pats living in Crete.

The region of Crete can boast 97 beaches and one marina, of which Lassithi Prefecture was accredited with 42 blue flag designated beaches and one blue flag yachting Marina.

The Chania Prefecture has 27 beaches, while Heraklion Prefecture claims 14 beaches and Rethymnon Prefecture 13 beaches.

 

What Defines a Blue Flag Beach?

The criteria used to define a beach's quality includes water cleanliness; whether the beach area bans cars; overnight camping, or that the planning for such necessities such as restrooms has been eco-tested and eco-friendly. Other requirements include the provision of trained lifeguards, convenience of emergency phones and adequate arrangements for use of the beach areas by the handicapped.

What is the Blue Flag programme?

Eco-Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-labelling scheme that is awarded to over 3450 beaches and marinas in 41 countries in Europe, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa and Tunisia. In each country an organisation is nominated to represent the scheme. In Greece the NGO is known as the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) based in Athens.

Who Manages the Blue Flag Scheme?

From Copenhagen, the Blue Flag programme is managed by the independent non-governmental, non-profit organisation known as the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE applies strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.

What is the Mission of the Scheme?

The Blue Flag mission objective is for sustainable development at accredited beaches and marinas. The programme includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators. 

 

Crete's Listed Blue Flag Beaches and Marinas 2010

Blue Flag logo design

NOMOS/PREFECTURE of LASITHI [42 Blue Flag Beaches]

Lassithi has the most blue flag beaches of the four prefectures on Crete
Community of Vrachasiou/Vrahassi
Sissi - Boufos Beach (geo:lat=35.311775, geo:lon=25.530578)
Municipality Agiou Nikolaou/Aghios Nikolaos
Poros Beach No 1, Poros Beach No 2 (geo:lat=35.189180 , geo:lon=25.717255) 
Elounda
Pigaidakia Eloundas 
Schisma 
Elounda Beach No 1
Driros
Chiona
Plaka
Chavania Beach No 2
Agios Nikolaos Beach No 1
Agios Nikolaos Beach No 2
Agios Nikolaos Beach No 3
Ammoudi
Kitroplateia
Ammos/Marina
Almyros
Ammos/Dimotiki
Pilos
Ammoudara 
Voulisma
Agios Panteleimonas
Municipality Sitias/Siteia
Sitia Beach No 1/Galliko 
(geo:lat=35.207802, geo:lon=26.106360) 
Sitia Beach No 2/Petra
Sitia Beach No 3/Karavopetra
Municipality Itanou/Itanos (Palekastro)
Vai/Finikodasos
Kouremenos
Chiona
Kato Zakros
Municipality Lefkis/Levkis
Vourlia
Limanaki
Municipality Makri Gialou/Makrigialos
Analipsi
Makrygialos/Langoufa
Municipality Ierapetras/Ierapetra
Ierapetra Beach No 1 /Dimotiki
Ierapetra Beach No 2 /Dimotiki
Agia Fotia
Myrtos
Koutsounari /Agios Ioannis
Koutsounari Beach No 2
Katharades Beach No 1
Nisos Chrysi (later withdrawn)

NOMOS/PREFECTURE of CHANIA [27 Blue Flag Beaches]

Municipality Pelekanou/Pelekanos/Paleochora
Pacheia Ammos (geo:lat=35.237473, geo:lon=23.694491) 
Chalikia 
Limnaki
Grammeno 
Voulismeni
Municipality Kolymvariou (Kolymvari)
Kolymvari (geo:lat=35.542121, geo:lon=23.783159)
Municipality Platania (Gerani)
Maleme
Gerani
Platanias Platanias /Limanaki
Municipality Neas Kydonias
Stalos
Ag. Apostoli Beach No 1 
Ag. Apostoli Beach No 2
Chrissi Akti
Agia Marina
Kalamaki
Municipality Chanion/Hania
Nea Chora
Municipality Akrotiriou/Akrotiri
Marathi
Stavros
Agios Onoufrios
Kalathas
Municipality Armenon/Armeni (Kalives/Kalyves)
Maistrali (geo:lat=35.451804, geo:lon=24.175901) 
Kalyves Xyda
Kyani
Municipality Vamou/Vamos
Almyrida (geo:lat=35.449326, geo:lon=24.202495)
Municipality Georgioupolis
Kavros 
(geo:lat=35.355517, geo:lon=24.280189) 
Perastikos

NOMOS/PREFECTURE of RETHYMNO [13 Blue Flag Beaches]

Municipality Rethymnis/Rethymnon
Rethymno Beach No 1
Rethymno Beach No 2
Rethymno Beach No 3
Rethymno Beach No 4
Platanias/Rethymno Beach No 6
Municipality Geropotamou/Geropotamos (Perama)
Panormos/Limni
Lianos Kavos Lavris
Bali Varkotopos
Bali Livadi
Municipality Finika
Damnoni
Plakias
Souda
Municipality Lambis
Agia Galini/Istero Varkotopi

NOMOS/PREFECTURE of IRAKLIO/Heraklion [14 Blue Flag Beaches]

Municipality Gaziou/Gazi
Ellinoperamata
Fodele
Ammoudara Beach No 1
Ammoudara Beach No 4
Ammoudara Beach No 5
Municipality Chersonissou/Hersonissos
Limenas Chersonissou Beach No 5
Agios Georgios Beach No 1
Agios Georgios Beach No 3
Anissaras
Agios Georgios 2/Panagia Rizi
Drepanos
Municipality Mallion/Malia
Potamos
Potamos A
Municipality Tympakiou/Timbaki
Matala

Crete's Blue Flag Marina Award LASITHI/LASSITHI

Municipality Agiou Nikolaou/Aghios Nikolaos
Marina Agiou Nikolaou (geo:lat=35.189180, geo:lon=25.717255) 
The Agios Nikolaos yachting and pleasure craft mooring site 
first won the Blue Flag in the year 2004. 
Note: A Marina with a Blue Flag means
  • - the waters are crystal clear
  • - its management is good
  • - to put priority on safety
  • - its management's efforts are environmentally-friendly!

 

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Note: Photograph at page top is a view of one of the Blue Flag Beaches in the centre of Aghios Nikolaos, popular with Greek and foreign families alike. Copyright: BritsinCrete.Net .