Blue Flags 2022: Sardinia collects numerous awards
In 2022, 15 coastal towns in Sardinia received the Blue Flags.
Among the Italian regions with the most Blue Flags in 2022 there is also Sardinia. Compared to the 14 Sardinian beaches awarded in 2021, another has been added this year. And thanks to this, the island reaches 7th place in the Italian ranking. The new entry is the beach of Budoni, south of San Teodoro, between Gallura and Baronia.
Many would find it hard to believe that such a paradise beach could have acquired its Blue Flag today. However, the municipality had never requested certification before. This was an absolutely fundamental step, without which it was not possible to proceed.
What is the Blue Flag
The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to European coastal destinations that meet certain quality requirements for sea water, services and more.
Established in 1987, the certification is carried out throughout Europe by the local bodies of the FEE. The national jury committees visit the candidate locations and then propose the selected ones to the FEE. There are two types of candidates: beaches and marinas.
The Blue Flag for the beaches certifies the quality of bathing water and lidos. Instead, the Blue Flag for marinas ensures the cleanliness of the waters adjacent to the ports and the absence of sewage drains.
All the Blue Flags 2022 in Sardinia
Let’s find out all the awarded Sardinian beaches.
- Cagliari: Quartu S. Elena – Poetto, Mare Pintau.
- Carbonia-Iglesias: Sant’Antioco – Maladroxia / Coacuaddus.
- Nuoro: Tortolì – Porto Frailis, Ponente (aka “La Capannina”), Orrì Foxilioni, Muxì (il Golfetto), Lido di Orrì (I e II beaches), Lido di Cea, San Gemiliano;
- Bari Sardo – Bucca ‘e Strumpu/Torre di Barì/Sa Marina
- Oristano: Oristano – Torregrande
- Sassari: Badesi – Baia delle Mimose-Pirotto Li Frati, Li Mindi, Li Junchi, Lu Poltu Biancu;
- Trinità D’Agultu e Vignola – La Marinedda.Cala Sarraina , Spiaggia Lunga Isola Rossa;
- Castelsardo – Madonnina/Stella Maris, Sacro Cuore/Ampurias;
- Budoni – Baia di Budoni;
- Sassari – Porto Ferro, Porto Palmas, Platamona Rotonda; Palau – Isolotto, Palau Vecchio; Aglientu – Vignola Mare, Rena Majore; Sorso – Spiaggia della Marina, Marina di Sorso; La Maddalena – Tegge, Monti D’a Rena, Bassa Trinità, Porto Lungo, Spalmatore, Caprera Relitto, Caprera Due Mari, Carlotto / Nido d’Aquila; Santa Teresa Gallura – Rena Ponente (Capo Testa), Rena Bianca, Zia Culumba (Capo Testa, Rena di Levante), La Taltana – Santa Reparata, Conca Verde.
As for the Blue Flags for marinas, Sardinia has ten. Northern Sardinia has the most: Cala Gavetta (La Maddalena), Municipal tourist port of Palau (Palau), Port of Santa Teresa Gallura (Santa Teresa Gallura), Marina dell’Orso di Poltu Quatu (Arzachena), Porto Cervo Marina ( Arzachena), Marina di Porto Rotondo (Olbia), Marina di Portisco (Olbia), Tourist port of Castelsardo (Castelsardo). In Nuoro: Marina di Baunei and Santa Maria Navarrese. Southern Sardinia has only one Blue Flag: Marina di Capitana, on the coast of Quartu.
The criteria behind the Blue Flag award
A beautiful seas not enough to get the Blue Flag. Indeed, the coastal landscape and the quality of the bathing water are also important. In any case, the criteria for achieving the award are 53!
Some of them are:
- Territory management
- Environmental education
- Efficient waste water purification and sewerage
- Waste sorting
- Pedestrian areas
- Cycle paths
- Well-kept street furniture
- Presence of nearby green areas, hotels, public toilettes, health services, rescue equipment, first aid equipment and at least one source of drinking water on the beach
- Presence of at least one beach that guarantees access and services to guests with disabilities
- A tourist information office
In short, candidates needs more than breathtaking views. To get the Blue Flag, they also must pay attention to sustainable tourism, cleaning, green transport and services.
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