2013 Blue Flag beaches: Liguria is the most pristine

In 2013 Italy Boasts 248 Blue Flags Beaches and region Liguria has again the highest number of Blue Flag beaches

Italy has 248 top beaches, two more than last year, in 135 municipalities. The figures emerge from the 2013 Blue Flag table, which certifies the services and environmental friendliness of coastal and lakeside resorts, as well as the cleanliness of the water.

Blue Flags are international distinctions, created in 1987, with patronage and support from UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Tourism Organisation, which aims to promote a sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria such as water quality, environmental management, safety and services provided close to or within the beach area. To the Blue Flag Programme participate beaches and marinas in 41 countries of all the world.

LIGURIA’S TOP SLOT – Liguria again tops the regional table with 20 flags, increasing by two this year.

It is followed by the central Marche region with 18 (+2), Tuscany with 17 ( + 1 than last year), Abruzzo 14, Campania remains stable with 13, Puglia with 10, Emilia Romagna with 8 and Lazio with 5 like 2012. The two Italian islands, Sardinia, famous for its crystalline waters and luxury Emerald Coast resorts, has one more flag this time with nine but Sicily lost one flag land is now on eight.

In the West Liguria there is the new entry of San Lorenzo al Mare , but also the confim of Sanremo, Camporosso e Bordighera. These are the other 2013 Blue Flags in our region: Spotorno, Bergeggi, Finale Ligure, Noli, Savona Fornaci, Albissola Marina, Albisola Superiore, Celle Ligure, Varazze, Loano, Chiavari, Lavagna, Moneglia, Lerici, Framura e Ameglia.

Blue Flags for Marinas & Small Boat Harbours

The Blue Flag fro Marinas is an annual environment award to Small Boat Harbours or Marinas that have focused on good management of facilities and services regarding the environment and nature, as well as provide information to their users about the environment. To be eligible for this award, the Small Boat Harbour or Marina has to fulfil a number of criteria related to education, information and environmental management, safety, services and water quality.

This year, also for Marinas, Liguria wins again with 15, incresing by one this year.

In West Liguria these are the 3 blue flag Marinas:  Portosole in Sanremo, Marina degli Aregai (Santo Stefano al Mare) and Marina di San Lorenzo.
In the rest of the region: Marina di Andora, Porto Luca Ferrari in Alassio, Marina di Loano, Vecchia Darsena di Savona, Cala Cravieu in Celle Ligure, Marina di Varazze, Porto Internazionale Carlo Riva in Rapallo, Marina di Chiavari, Marina di Porto Venere, Porto Bocca di Magra (Ameglia) , il Porto Lotti e il Porto Mirabello in La Spezia, a new entry of 2013.

Well, another good reason to buy a property in Liguria…..