The top area in Greece, for this year again, with 89 flags is Halkidiki.

Greece ranks in second place globally among 47 countries with 519 Blue Flag beaches. What is notable is that According to Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF), 12 percent of the newly honored winning beaches, out of the 47 countries that participated in the program, are in Greece.

The international committee awarded this year 3,687 beaches, 679 marinas and 55 tourist boats across the world. In regards to the criteria of the program, that relates to how clean beaches and coasts are, the organisation of the beach, the security of visitors, the protection of nature and environmental sensitivity.

According to the EEPF, (the Greek national operator of the Blue Flag program), the blue flag is the most recognizable ecological symbol in the world.