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Greek islands travelGreek beaches snap up Blue Flag awards

Greek beaches are back in the top rank after picking up 486 Blue Flag awards this year, up from 395 last year. The awards put Greece second behind Spain in the worldwide ranking for clean and safe holiday beaches as judged by the Foundation for Environmental Education. The non-profit organisation handed out prestigious blue flags to a total of 3,574 beaches, 662 marinas and 50 boats from 47participating countries. Greek beach resorts picked up 56 more Blue Flag awards compared to 2016 with most new flags going to resorts in Halkidiki on the Greek mainland and to the island of Crete and other Geek island holiday hotspots in the Cyclades. Among the Greek Islands, Crete tops the Blue Flag table this year with 112 beach awards followed by 68 in the south Aegean islands and 49 in the Ion...

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