Beaches all across Greece deemed “excellent” for swimming in 2019


For anyone heading to Greece this summer for a swim after swim, you’ll be happy to know the annual European bathing water quality report released this week from the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows the majority of Greece’s swimming areas are clean and free of pollutants, harmful to human health and the environment.


According to the findings, 97 percent of Greek bathing waters monitored in 2018 were found to be “excellent” – meeting a series of strict EEA quality standards, with 1.1 percent classified as “good”.

The report, which covers bathing water locations across Europe and includes lakes and rivers, said that in 2018, Greece identified and reported 1,598 bathing waters, accounting for 7.2 percent of all bathing waters in Europe.




Overall in the EU, 85 percent of bathing water sites were found to be clean and 95.4 percent of the 21,831 bathing water sites monitored in the 28 member states met the minimum quality requirements under EU rules.

Greece is among four EU countries, where 95 percent or more of bathing sites were found to have excellent water quality. Cyprus is in first place with  99.1 percent of all sites, followed by Malta at 98.9 percent, and Austria with 97.3 percent. Greece is fourth with 97 percent of all its swimming sites.

At the same time, all reported bathing water sites in Greece, together with Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania and Slovenia were of at least sufficient quality in 2018.

Countries found to have the poorest quality bathing water sites were Italy with 89 bathing water sites (1.6 percent), France with 54 sites (1.6 percent), and Spain with 50 sites (2.2 percent). Spain and Italy marked a rise in poor quality bathing sites against 2017 figures.



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