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What does it mean for a beach to be awarded a Blue Flag?

02.04.2021
Greece is surrounded by thousands of coastal areas and beaches. Apart from the fact that the Blue Flag award adds to the prestige and the good reputation of a beach, we usually ignore its true meaning as well as the story behind the program.

The Blue Flag program began in France in 1987

Due to an initiative started by a few primary school students, the Blue Flag program became widely known and it was supported by countries of today’s EU. In 2001, the Blue Flag turned into an internationally recognized symbol and was to be used for the distinction of a beach, wherever it was located in the world.

Today, a beach needs to meet 33 specific criteria to be awarded a Blue Flag. In such a case, this does not only mean that the waters are clean or that the beach is generally beautiful. Even more than that, it means that this beach takes into account the safety of its visitors, it promotes sustainability and recycling and it cannot be exploited by anyone for any reason.

Current Blue Flag facts
Based on the most recent that most recent awards that were given last summer, our country ranked second worldwide, by receiving 485 Blue Flags. This specific acknowledgment for Greece, not only confirms the belief that Greece has some of the most beautiful beaches around the world, but also promotes tourism since this award is usually the main criterion for the selection of a destination by travelers.

Here, in Georgalas Sun Beach Resort, we are more than proud that our business is located on one of the largest beaches of Kallikratia Municipality, which is more than 1 km. long. Geoponika-Mykoniatika beach is very popular among local and foreign people. It is easily accessible, and the Municipality has also taken into consideration the unobstructed access for disabled people.

We are hopeful that this new season, Geoponika beach regardless of the current unprecedented times that we are all going through, locals and travelers from abroad will be able to visit Greece and explore its treasures.


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