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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:
Hersonissos: Ag. Georgios 1, Agios Georgios 2 and Ag. Georgios 3, Anisaras, Drapanos Limenas Chersonisou 5, Potamos and Potamos 1
Agios Apostoloi 1, Agios Apostoloi 2,
Pachia Ammos (Selinou)
Platanias / Limanaki
Adelianos Kampos A
Ag. Galini / Ystero Varkotopi
Lianos Kavos Lavris
Platanias B / Rethymno 6
Rethymno 4 / Missiria
Souda (Agiou Vasiliou)
Ag. Nikolaos 1
Ag. Nikolaos 3
Ammos / Dimotiki
Ammos / Marina
Ammoudi Access for people with disabilities
Analipsi Access for people with disabilities
Chavania 2 Access for people with disabilities
Ierapetra 1/ Dimotiki
Ierapetra 2/ Dimotiki
Koutsounari/ Ag. Ioannis
Siteia 3/ Karavopetra
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.