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Blue Flag Beaches - Liguria again best in class

Blue Flag BeachesLiguria has reason to cheer again: As it has for years, the region again received the most "Bandiere Blu" in 2019 - followed by Tuscany and Campania. Because the communities that are allowed to adorn themselves with this award are registering a higher number of visitors each time due to the blue flags and a corresponding economic boost. Imperia's mayor Claudio Scajola, whose city was chosen for the first time in 2019 along with Riva Ligure and Sanremo, was delighted: "We are very proud to have made it at the first attempt. I'm sure that our tourism will experience boost."

Among the newcomers in Liguria are the leisure ports of Goimperia and Marina di Loano. The criteria required by the FEE, which was founded in 1987 and is based in Denmark, are extensive and the municipalities have to spend a lot of time and money to meet them. These include sea water quality, beach cleanliness, disabled access, pedestrian zones, cycle paths and environmental friendliness in all areas.

The number of distinguished location in Liguria is now 30:

Province of Imperia

Bordighera (Zona Ovest di Capo Sant'Ampelio, Zona Est di Capo Sant'Ampelio); Sanremo (Rio Foce, Tre Ponti, Imperatrice Corso Marconi, Bussana); Taggia (Arma di Taggia); Riva Ligure (Ex Bungalow); Santo Stefano al Mare (Baia Azzurra, Il Vascello); San Lorenzo al Mare (U'Nustromu/Prima Punta, Baia delle Vele); Imperia (Spianata Borgo Peri, Borgo Prino Foce, Borgo Marina).

Province of Savona 

Ceriale, Borghetto Santo Spirito, Loano, Pietra Ligure (Ponente), Finale Ligure (Malpasso-Baia dei Saraceni, Finalmarina, Finalpia, Strand am Hafen, Varigotti, Castelletto San Donato), Noli (Capo Noli-Zona Vittoria-Zona Anita-Chiariventi), Spotorno (Lido), Bergeggi (Il Faro, Villaggio del Sole), Savona (Fornaci), Albissola Marina (Lido), Albisola Superiore (Lido), Celle Ligure (Levante & Ponente) and Varazze (Arrestra, Ponente Teiro, Levante Teiro, Piani D'Invrea).

Province of Genoa

Camogli (Camogli Centro - Levante, San Fruttuoso), Santa Margherita Ligure (Scogliera Pagana, Punta Pedale, Paraggi, Milite Ignoto), Chiavari (Gli Scogli), Lavagna (Lungomare) and Moneglia (Centrale/La Secca/Levante). 

Province of La Spezia

Framura (Fornaci, Spiaggia La Vallà-Apicchi), Bonassola (east and west), Levanto (Ghiararo, Spiaggia Est La Pietra, Casinò), Lerici (Lido, San Giorgio, Eco del Mare, Fiascherino, Baia Blu, Colombo) and Ameglia (Fiumaretta). 

- Nicole Ruskell