Blue Flag Beaches in Crete


Crete has some of the best beaches in Greece, which is hardly surprising as this large island boasts a coastline stretching over a total of 1,000km.

97 beaches in Crete have been awarded the Blue Flag for 2012, for their compliance with water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

The prefecture of Lassithi in Crete received the most number of Blue Flags in Crete, with 41 beaches awarded, followed by Chania with 26 beaches, Rethymnon 16 and Heraklion 13.

The Blue Flag beaches of Crete are:

Matala
Matala | Source

HERAKLION

Ammoudara 1

Ammoudara 4

Hersonissos: Ag. Georgios 1, Agios Georgios 2 and Ag. Georgios 3, Anisaras, Drapanos Limenas Chersonisou 5, Potamos and Potamos 1

Ellinoperamata

Fodele

Matala

Kalathas
Kalathas | Source
Stavros
Stavros

CHANIA

Agios Apostoloi 1, Agios Apostoloi 2,

Agia Marina

Agios Onoufrios

Almyrida

Chalikia (Selinou)

Chrysi Akti

Grammeno

Kalamaki

Kalathas

Kalyves-Xyda

Kavros

Kolymvari

Kyani Akti

Limnaki (Selinou)

Maistrali (Apokoronou)

Marathi

Nea Chora

Pachia Ammos (Selinou)

Perastikos (Apokoronou)

Platanias

Platanias / Limanaki

Stalos

Stavros

Voulismeni (Selinou)

Plakias
Plakias | Source
Bali
Bali | Source

RETHYMNON

Adelianos Kampos A

Ag. Galini / Ystero Varkotopi

Bali Livadi

Bali Varkotopos

Damnoni

Lianos Kavos Lavris

Panormo Limni

Perivolia

Pigianos Kampos

Plakias

Platanias B / Rethymno 6

Rethymno 1

Rethymno 2

Rethymno 3

Rethymno 4 / Missiria

Rodakino

Skaleta

Souda (Agiou Vasiliou)

Makrigialos
Makrigialos

LASSITHI

Ag. Fotia

Ag. Nikolaos

Ag. Nikolaos 1

Ag. Nikolaos 3

Ag. Panteleimonas

Almyros

Ammos / Dimotiki

Ammos / Marina

Ammoudara

Ammoudi Access for people with disabilities

Analipsi Access for people with disabilities

Chavania 2 Access for people with disabilities

Chiona

Chiona

Driros

Elounda

Elounda 1

Elounda Pigaidakia

Ierapetra 1/ Dimotiki

Ierapetra 2/ Dimotiki

Katharades 1

Kato Zakros

Kitroplateia

Kouremenos

Koutsounari 2

Koutsounari/ Ag. Ioannis

Limanaki

Makrygialos/Lagoufa

Myrtos

Pilos

Plaka

Poros 1

Poros 2

Schisma

Siteia 1/Galliko

Siteia 2/Petra

Siteia 3/ Karavopetra

Spiliada

Vai/Finikodasos

Voulisma

Vourlia


A total of 424 Greek beaches were awarded the Blue Flag and Greece came second amongst 39 countries.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the following:

1) Environmental Education and Information

2) Water Quality

3) Environmental Management

4) Safety and Services


All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time.

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