The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised awards for beaches, marinas and sustainable water tourism organisations. This season, as many as ten sites in Gdańsk obtained the Blue Flag certification.
This prestigious symbol confirms the highest standards of safety, ecology and infrastructure of sites. It is a sign the locals and tourists may feel safe in a given place. For more than ten years, Gdańsk bathing beaches managed by Gdańsk Sports Centre have participated in the Blue Flag programme.
Gdańsk Awarded With As Many As Ten Blue Flags
This year, the Blue Flag was awarded to as many as ten sites in Gdańsk – five bathing beaches and four marinas.
The Blue-Flagged beaches are: Jelitkowo, Brzeźno Pier, Stogi, Sobieszewo and Orle. The accredited marinas include: Marina Gdańsk, Tamka, Żabi Kruk and Sienna Grobla. The certification was also awarded to General Zaruski Boat – a flag city boat, which holds educational events for young people as part of the sea and environmental education programme.
The bathing season in Gdańsk lasts from 25 June to the end of August. There are six bathing beaches in Gdańsk: Gdańsk Orle, Gdańsk Sobieszewo, Gdańsk Stogi, Gdańsk Brzeźno Pier, Gdańsk Jelitkowo, Gdańsk Klipper Jelitkowo.
The Gdańsk Sports Centre also wishes to arrange some other occasional bathing spots. In effect, the total coastline length of guarded bathing sites will be almost one and a half kilometres.
What is the Blue Flag?
The Blue Flag is an international programme launched in 1985 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) based in Copenhagen. The award is given to bathing beaches and marinas managed in line with the sustainable development rules.
The Blue Flag sites adhere to the sustainable development rules and meet the highest standards in terms of:
- water quality,
- environmental awareness activities,
- environmental management,
- safety and quality of services.