In 2016, fourteen beaches in Campania received ‘Blue Flag’ certification, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to seaside resorts for the purity of their water. Although most of them are located in Cilento, the coast and islands are also covered.
Beaches that have received the award in Anacapri include Faro Punta Carena, Gradola and the Blue Grotto. Situated on the Island of Capri, each year, these oases on the Tyrrhenian sea, attract thousands of visitors.
In Massa Lubrense, a colourful little fishing village at the southern tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Blue Flag certification was awarded to the Baia delle Sirene, Marina del Cantone, Marina di Puolo and Recommone.
Positano, which dominates the Bay of Salerno with its long, characteristic stairways, received certification from Fee for the beaches of Arienzo and Fornillo.
Castellabate, a part of the Nature Park of Cilento, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, received Fee’s prestigious certification for Lago Tresino, Marina Piccola, Pozzillo (in the small town of San Marco), Punta Inferno and the Bay of Ogliastro
Always in Cilento, award-winning seaside resorts included Capaccio, Ascea, Casal Velino, Vibonati, Pisciotta, Montecorice, Centola and Agropoli with the magnificent beaches of Torre San Marco and Trentova, and Pollica, with the beaches of Acciaroli and Pioppi. This year, in the same area, a new entry was registered in San Mauro Cilento with the awarding of a blue flag to the beach of Mezzatorre.
Above all, qualifying criteria for the 2016 Blue Flag award included the ability of local authorities to manage the area and encourage environmental education targeted at preserving the environment and promoting sustainable tourism. The main indicators taken into consideration were: the existence and operational level of purifying systems, waste management, the promotion of environmental activities to ensure better living conditions during the summer season, the enhancement of natural areas in the region, the maintenance of buildings and beach equipment and, finally, easy access to the beach for everyone.