Great news for beach holiday fans! 269 Italian beaches received Blue flag this year; that is 21 more than last year. Liguria is leading again with 20 seaside locations. Tuscany came second with 18 quality beaches followed by Marche.
It is certainly worth checking out some of the new Blue flag Italian beaches: the sandy stretches in Pietra Ligure, Liguria where you will find private and public beaches; the beautiful Pozzallo in Sicily with its African heat; Trebisacce beach, one of the best in Calabria. Don’t forget that there are some stunning lake shore locations awarded Blue flag every year: Calceranica al Lago, Pergine Valsugana in Trentino-Alto Adige, Cannero Riviera in Piedmont, Gardone Riviera in Lombardy.
The Blue Flag is an eco-label given to approximately 3650 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. It is awarded by a non-government, non-profit organisation the FEE to the beaches and marinas that work towards sustainability and low impact on the environment. If you see a Bandiera Blu flying over an Italian beach it means that the quality of water is good, the shore is tidy and environmental management measures are in place.
One of the things that many travellers do not know is that algae vegetation or natural debris left on the beach are a sign of quality. They are part of the beach eco-system and we, humans, should respect it.
For a responsible sun holiday find the full list of Blue Flag beaches in Italy here.
Photos by: Marc Czerlinsky/Flickr, Leonardo/Flickr