Blue Flag Beaches Sardinia 2017

Blue Flags 2017 in Sardinia: It was announced a few days ago the list of locations and beaches awarded with the Blue Flag 2017 in Italy by the FEE (Foundation for environmental education, a non-governmental and non-profit organisation headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark). The Blue Flag is the international award appointed to the tourist destinations that are able to combine the excellent quality of bathing waters with a comfortable level of services for tourists, promoting – at the same time – sustainable tourism. In other words:

Pure water, clean coasts, safety and access for all

The FEE’s goal, through the Blu Flag, is to promote a positive change on a global scale:

We educate to protect. To protect not just our environment but the people who live in it, the communities who depend on it, the businesses who profit from it and the ecosystems which rely on it.

The Blue Flag is an award given only on a voluntary basis, it means that the city council has to ask for it and has to respect a long list of criteria to get this eco-label trusted by millions of people around the globe. That’s why it helps us to understand which destination is striving the most to offer us excellent quality services and facilities. More than 4200 beaches obtained the Blue Flag in 47 countries around the world and, among them, more than 280 are in Italy. As for Sardinia, even if the destinations which obtained the Blue Flag are the same of the last year (11, Quartu Sant’Elena, Tortolì, Palau, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Caprera, Torre Grande of Oristano, Castelsardo, Sorso, Badesi, Sassari and Teulada),  the beaches awarded rise from 28 to 38 (+10).

LIST OF THE 38 BLUE FLAG BEACHES IN SARDINIA 2017:

BLUE FLAGS IN GALLURA (NORTH EAST SARDINIA):

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Rena Bianca beach in Santa Teresa Gallura, from the Claudio Muzzetto Virtual Tour

  • Badesi:
    • Li Junchi beach
    • Li Mindi/Lu Stangioni (NEW)
    • Pirotto Li Frati/Baia delle Mimose (NEW)
  • Palau:
    • L’ Isuledda (Porto Pollo)
    • Sciumara
    • Liscia
    • Palau Vecchio
    • Fronte Stagno Saline (NEW)
    • Isolotto (NEW)
  • La Maddalena:
    • Spiaggia dei due Mari, Caprera
    • Spiaggia del Relitto, Caprera
    • Porto Lungo
    • Spalmatore
    • Bassa Trinità (NEW)
    • Monti D’Arena (NEW)
    • Punta Tegge (NEW)
  • Santa Teresa Gallura:
    • Rena Ponente (Loc. Capo Testa)
    • Rena Bianca
    • Zia Culumba (Loc. CapoTesta, Levante Rena)

BLUE FLAGS IN THE PROVINCE OF SASSARI (NORTH WEST SARDINIA):

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Porto Ferro beach, Sassari (even if it’s much closer to Alghero, picture by Giuliano O on Tripadvisor.)

  • Sorso:
    • Marina di Sorso
    • Spiaggia della Marina (NEW)
  • Castelsardo:
    • Madonnina / Stella Maris
    • Sacro Cuore / Ampurias
  • Sassari:
    • Porto Ferro
    • Porto Palmas (NEW)

BLUE FLAGS IN OGLIASTRA (CENTRAL EAST SARDINIA):

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Porto Frailis beach in Tortolì, screenshot from this video.

  • Tortolì:
    • Lido di Cea
    • Lido di Orri (I and II beach)
    • Muxi (II Golfetto)
    • Orri Foxilioni
    • Ponente (note “la Capannina”)
    • Porto Frailis

BLUE FLAGS IN THE PROVINCE OF ORISTANO (CENTRAL WEST SARDINIA):

  • Oristano:
    • Torre Grande

BLUE FLAGS IN THE PROVINCE OF CAGLIARI (SOUTH SARDINIA):

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Tuerredda beach in Teulada, screenshot from this video.

  • Quartu Sant ‘Elena:
    • Poetto beach of Quartu
    • Mari Pintau (Geremeas)
  • Teulada:
    • Portu Tramatzu
    • Sabbie Bianche
    • Tuerredda

BLUE FLAG BEACH CRITERIA:

Environmental education and information:

  • Information Relating to coastal zone ecosystems and natural, sensitive areas in the coastal zone must be displayed
  • Information about bathing water quality must be displayed
  • Information about the Blue Flag Programme must be displayed
  • Code of conduct for the beach area must be displayed and the laws governing beach use must be easily available to the public upon request
  • A minimum of 5 environmental education activities must be offered

Water quality:

  • Compliance with the requirements and standards for excellent bathing water quality
  • No industrial or sewage related discharges may affect the beach area
  • Monitoring on the health of coral reefs located in the vicinity of the beach
  • Compliance of the community with requirements for sewage treatment and effluent quality
  • Algae or other vegetation Should be left to decay on the beach the unless it constitutes a nuisance

Environmental management:

  • A beach management committee must be established to be in charge of instituting environmental management systems and conduct regular environmental audits of the beach facility
  • The beach must comply with all regulations Affecting the location and operation of the beach (coastal zone planning and environmental legislation)
  • The beach must be clean
  • Waste disposal bins / receptacles must be available on / by the beach in adequate numbers, Regularly maintained and emptied
  • Facilities for receiving recyclable waste materials must be available on / by the beach
  • Adequate and clean sanitary facilities with controlled sewage disposal
  • On the beach there will be no unauthorised camping or driving and no dumping
  • Regulation Concerning dogs and other domestic animals on the beach must be strictly enforced
  • All buildings and equipment of the beach must be properly maintained
  • Sustainable means of transportation must be promoted in the beach area

Safety and services:

  • An adequate number of lifeguards and / or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach
  • First aid equipment must be available on the beach
  • There must be management of different users and uses of the beach so as to prevent conflicts and accidents
  • An emergency plan to cope with pollution safety risks must be in place
  • There must be safe access to the beach
  • The beach area must be patrolled
  • A supply of potable drinking water must be available on the beach
  • A minimum of one Blue Flag beach in each municipality must have access and toilet facilities provided for disabled persons
  • A map of the beach Indicating different facilities must be displayed
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