The Blue Flag concept was born in France in 1985 where the first Blue Flags were awarded to coastal municipalities on the basis of criteria ranging from waste-water treatment to bathing water quality. In 1987, with support from the European Commission, the Blue Flag was brought to a European level. “Blue Flag” is an exclusive eco-label awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to beaches and marinas that meet certain criteria, such as water quality, environmental education, and information, environmental management, and safety.
Turkey now boasts the second-largest number of beaches with Blue Flag certificates following a massive rise this year, according to the Turkey Foundation for Environmental Education (TURCEV). Some 436 beaches acquired the right to display a Blue Flag certificate this year. “Spain tops the list with 578 beaches with a Blue Flag certificate, followed by Turkey with 436 beaches and Greece with 395 beaches. Turkey had 397 with this certificate, and we have seen a dramatic rise in the number of such beaches this year. Antalya is home to 200 of the 436 with the Blue Flag certificate in total. Antalya now has the highest number of beaches with the Blue Flag certificate in the world.
Blue Flag Beaches in Turkey
After Spain holding the champion flag with over 500 certificates, Turkey, as of 2017, now holds over 445 beaches certified with a blue flag, keeping its position as the second largest of beaches with the certificate.
Along The Coastline
Istanbul: 3 / Tekirdag: 2 / Yalova: 4 / Kocaeli: 4 / Ordu: 5 / Adana: 1 / Samsun: 1 / Sakarya: 1 / Kirklareli: 1 / Duzce: 1 / Van: 1 / Zonguldak: 1
Blue Flag Yachts of Turkey
Turkey has a total of 12 yachts that were awarded Blue Flag – the number of these certified boats are growing rapidly among other European countries. Here we have a list of other candidates at our private gulet yacht list of Turkey for your eye pleasure.
Antalya (5 Blue Flag Boats):
Evita, Tundra, Guneyli A, Kartal 10, Harem 1
Mugla (3 Blue Flag Boats):
Hic Salta, Merve, Tuyika S
Balikesir (3 Blue Flag Boats):
Armin, Elsin, Tuana K
Aydin (1 Blue Flag Boat):