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Aegina holds blue flag party

Aegina holds blue flag beach party.

Aegina may be a hugely popular holiday island base for visitors who plan a trip to Athens but it has never picked up a Blue Flag awards for its beaches. This year is different though after the Agia Marina beach lifted a Blue Flag accolade — making the first in the Argo Saronic gulf to fly the coveted clean beach flag.

Now the island is to celebrate with a special all-day beach party on Agia Marina beach and everyone on holiday on Aegina is invited.

The Municipality of Aegina will host the beach party celebration and treats include an award ceremony, music, treats and plenty of surprises.

The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches that meet tough standards on the quality of seawater, beach cleanliness, organization of the swimming area, safety of bathers and the protection of the environment.

Islands in the Argo Saronic have always missed out on the awards despite the rest of Greece picking up a total of 393 Greek 'Blue Flags' this year.

It made Greece second of 49 countries for clean holiday beaches after the International Jury awarded Blue Flags to 3,103 beaches and 626 marinas worldwide in 2013.

To get a Blue Flag award a beach must meet 32 strict criteria. According to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, international travel agencies and tour firms take special note of Blue Flag beaches when promoting holiday destinations.

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