New entries for Liguria for 2013 are the Port of La Spezia Mirabello and San Lorenzo al Mare.
The region of Liguria in north- west Italy, otherwise known as the ‘Italian Riviera’, has the most Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy, following two new entries for 2013. The crescent shaped region between the French Riviera and Tuscany now has 20 Blue Flag Beaches, allowing it to retain its title of having the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy for the fourth year in a row.
Blue Flag status is granted to beaches with high standards of water quality, safety, environmental education and information and good environmental management criteria. New entries for Liguria for 2013 are the Port of La Spezia Mirabello and San Lorenzo al Mare.
Holding this position for four years highlights Liguria’s incredible beach offering. The position is particularly impressive considering that the region has a relatively small length of coastline (nearly 200 miles) compared to other regions of Italy. Blue Flag beaches range from Finale Ligure in the west, which is Liguria’s longest beach, to Lerici Beach in east Liguria, with its stunning scenery and crystal clear waters.
As well as having high quality beaches, Liguria’s diving product is exceptional, offering diving for 10 months of the year. Much of the Ligurian coastline is protected, including the four marine reserves, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Bergeggi Island and the Cetacean Sanctuary, making each dive one to remember with unspoilt crystal clear waters and varied sealife and underwater vegetation.
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