Clouds may have been looming over Spain’s and Greece’s economy but according to Blue Flag, the outlook for their beaches is bright.
Spain beat stiff competition among 49 countries worldwide from beach heavyweights Greece and Italy after it scooped a record breaking 638 ‘blue flags’ while Greece comes second with 393 beaches and 9 marinas earning the international quality award. “The blue flag is a safeguard for tourists, as it shows that we worry about accessibility, the quality of the water and the sand, security, the cleanliness and the comfort of our beaches and marinas,” said tourism spokesperson Isabel Borrego.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to 3850 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. The project works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The programme is run by the Foundation for Environmental Education and the accolade could bring a boost to Spain’s and Greece’s flagging economy.