Blue Flag is a prestigious, international award scheme which acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach or marina they are visiting is one of the best in the world.
It is awarded to coastal destinations which have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Over the years it has acted as an incentive to many beach managers to improve the quality of the coast and their hard work has led to a revival of the UK coastline and beaches around the world.
The number of beaches and marinas gaining Blue Flag status increases every year – with 3,450 now displaying the quality indicator in 41 countries.
The Blue Flag Programme is administered in England by Keep Britain Tidy and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Blue Flag is one of five environmental education programmes run internationally by FEE and also includes the Eco-Schools programme.
Find out about international Blue Flag.