BLUE FLAG BEACHES & MARINAS

 

The “Blue Flag” is an exclusive eco-label awarded more than 3000 beaches and marinas in countries across Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean in 2006; 411 beaches and 5 marinas in Greece are awarded. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and other services. For info go to http://www.blueflag.org

 

Follows a list with awarded beaches in Attica region:

 

Vouliagmenis Municipality: Astir Beach is located within the Astir Palace Hotels Vouliagmenis. It is considered the gem of the area, with natural sandy beach stretching 300m long and 30m wide. Within the complex there are hotels and studios; sea sports are available and car rental at the hotel. You can easily reach Astir Beach by car or with public transportation (buses No 114, 116, 149 from Glyfada).

 

Markopoulo Municipality: AVLAKI BEACH is at a 30km distance from Athens’s centre. The access is possible by organized transportation every 30’. Avlaki is located at the south of Porto Rafti and it is a sandy beach with length of 350m and width of 100m.


Palaion Faliron Municipality: EDEM BEACH . Sandy Beach, with people facilities, info kiosk with public telephone, umbrellas, sun beds and lifeguard, first aid stat, W.C., shower and more. Reach the beach by bus No X-96, or by Tram (Edem stop).

 

Anavissos Community: MAVRO LITHARI BEACH is located at the 47km of Athens-Souniou Ave., at the region of Anavyssos, a typical resort area. A name that came after the big, black stone found in the middle of the beach (mavro for black, lithari for stone). The beach has been awarded for 6 consecutive years. All entrances are accessible for people with wheelchairs (ramps); it provides many facilities. The maximum length of the beach is 300m and the average width is 35m. It is surrounded by hills giving the advantage that the coast is always calm even when the winds are strong. By bus, stop right outside the hotel (stop: “ Eden Beach”), summer buses every 30’ . www.eden.gr

 

Lavrion Municipality : The coast of Pounta Zeza is found on the southern utmost tip of Attica, within a distance of 56,5km from Athens’s centre, between Lavrion and Sounion. There is a road connection with K.T.E.L buses starting from Pedio of Areos or private buses from Attica Road connecting to Lavrion Blvd. The coast is sandy with a length of 350m and width 20m until 50m.

 

Marathon Municipality: SCHINIAS BEACH-KARAVI , is 42klm north/east of Athens close to the historical city of Marathon. The beautiful sandy beach is 120m long and 40m wide. It’s easy to get there, just following the road signs that lead to the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre and Karavi Beach is only 500m far; http://karavi.gr

 

Varis Municipality: Varkiza Beach is sandy with about 500m in length and about 40m in width. The complex operates 3 tennis courts, a water park, a basketball and a beach volleyball court and 2 swimming pools. Also, features luxury cabanas, restaurants, bars, outdoor cinema and shops. You can either get there by taxi, private vehicle or public transport, (bus No171 from Dafni Metro Stat).

 

Piraeus Municipality: Votsalakia beach . Its physical type is with sand including the most tourist resort area of the city of Piraeus, at a distance of about 800m from Pasalimani. It consists of the most modern and developed recreation and sports facilities. It has been created a beautiful park inside the beach; a newly built beach volleyball court is placed as well as a special swimming pool center. Just beside the organized beach, the modern swimming pool has been constructed as well as a series of tennis and football courts. The length is about 1500m and the width of the beach is approx 100m. There is a full pedestrian facility based on the natural slope of the ground, which is helpful for disabled people. Further info at http://www.pireasnet.gr or from Environmental Direction Offices

 

Voula Municipality : the type of A Beach Voula, 4 Alkyonidon St. There are sports facilities such as beach soccer courts, tennis courts. The total surface of A’ Beach Voula facilities is 84000m3, the length is nearly 300m and width nearly 30m. Easily reached by Bus (114, 116 (Glyfada), A1 & A2 from Syntagma) or taxi, or car, (free parking-capacity for approx 350-370 cars) . Link to www.apollonies.gr, www.vernicos.com

 

Salamis Countryside: Zefiros beach , its length is about 350-400m and the width is about 20m, and has its own bar. You will get there by bus, taxi or your own car/motorcycle. The beach is 15min far from the center of Salamis Town. For info visit: www.salamina.gr

 

©2006 Info Editions