Wales tops the bill, boasting 44 Blue Flag beaches and three Blue Flag marinas during 2016 (that’s more per mile than anywhere in Britain!)

There are currently 4,271 Blue Flag Beaches, Marinas and Sustainable Boating Tourism Operators across 49 countries worldwide and the award itself is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and run in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy.

The internationally-acclaimed Blue Flag Award promotes excellent coastal environments, water quality, safety and access for everyone.

Why is the award so important? The Blue Flag Award is recognised world-wide for its excellent standard. As so many communities depend on coastal tourism in Wales, this flag is a guarantee to visitors that they’ve arrived at a clean, safe and beautiful beach.

So how do you gain Blue Flag status? There’s a specific list of criteria, including:

  • Waste disposal bins must be available in adequate numbers and they must be maintained;
  • An adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available;
  • The beach must meet the EU revised bathing water directive standard of ‘Excellent’;
  • An adequate number of toilet facilities must be provided;
  • Environmental education activities must be offered and promoted for users.

You can apply for a Blue Flag Award or get more information by emailing Keep Wales Tidy’s Coast Team on 

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