Greece receives 395 Blue Flags for its pristine beaches

Greek beaches have been awarded 395 Blue Flags for top-quality waters this year, placing Greece in third place out of 50 countries, according to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature.

Nine Greek marinas were also awarded the Blue Flag distinction awarded by the initiative’s founder, nonprofit organization the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Blue Flags are awarded on certain criteria, including clean waters and beaches, the area’s overall organization, visitor safety, nature protection and environmental awareness.