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Discovering Paradise: Exploring the Blue Flag Beaches of Cyprus

Discovering Paradise: Exploring the Blue Flag Beaches of Cyprus

The blue flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas that meet certain criteria related to water quality, environmental management, safety, and services. Blue flags are given out by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and are a symbol of a clean and well-managed coastal area.

The blue flag criteria include water quality testing, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services, and other factors such as access for people with disabilities. Beaches and marinas that meet these criteria are eligible to fly the blue flag, indicating their commitment to environmental sustainability.

Cyprus has several beaches and marinas that have been awarded blue flags, particularly along its coastline. These blue flag sites are regularly monitored to ensure they continue to meet the required standards.

In 2023 77 beaches out of a total of 123 in Cyprus, as well as two marinas, received a Blue Flag award. Also recorded a compliance rate of 99.2 per cent, with 119 out of 120 bathing water areas deemed of excellent quality.

The beaches awarded in the Paralimni municipality were Amyropigado, Vathis tou Hadjicheni, Lombardi, Glyko Nero, Kapparis, Skoutarospiloi, Ayia Triada, Minas, Vrysoudia, Louma, Pernera, Potami, Vrysi B, Vrysi A, Vrysi G, Fig Tree Bay, Vyzakia, Nisia, and Nisia Gardens.

Here are some of the most famous beaches in Cyprus that have received blue flags:

  • Fig Tree Bay (Protaras)
  • Nissi Beach (Ayia Napa)
  • Konnos Bay (Protaras)
  • Makronissos Beach (Ayia Napa)
  • Landa Beach (Ayia Napa)
  • Pernera Beach (Protaras)
  • Coral Bay (Paphos)
  • Konnos Bay (Protaras)
  • Faros Beach (Pervolia, Larnaca)
  • Governor's Beach (Limassol)

These beaches have gained recognition not only for their natural beauty but also for their facilities, cleanliness, and adherence to environmental standards.