Zante Beaches Lose Blue Flag Status

Articles about Zante 


The following is a translation from the Ermisnews website:


Since July 19th 2018, the Municipality has received the document of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature which informs about the withdrawal of the Blue Flags from the beaches of Zakynthos.

The document in question has been sent to 22 bodies and authorities on the island, among them all Deputy Mayors and the Presidents of the Communities whose shores have their flags.

Following the general labels and obligations to be observed by the Blue Flag Coast, the document refers to each beach separately and records the problems identified.

Here are the details that have been made available to each beach:

On the Alykanas coast 1:

1. There is litter on the coast while animal faeces have been identified.

2. There were many docked boats in the bathers area! We remind you that in the bathing area it is forbidden to enter boats! Bathrooms and boats and boats and operators are required to respect these limits for the safety of bathers.

3. There are protected species (sand lilies) that are not protected.

4. While the coast is busy there was no lifeguard. No lifeguard equipment and first-aid equipment were identified.

At the Alykes Coast 1:

1. Vehicle parked in front of access for disabled.

2. The access fee for people with disabilities needs cleaning and maintenance. There is an altitude difference in the principle of access for people with disabilities.

3. There are protected species (sand lilies) that are not protected.

4. Hazards identified: irons, runoff of unknown water quality, anchored vessels within the channel.

5. Sunshine over umbrellas and deck chairs.

6. While the coast is busy there was no lifeguard. No lifeguard first aid equipment was identified.

On the Argassi coast:

1. Sunshine over umbrellas and deck chairs.

2. Coastal limits need to be strengthened.

On the shore of Gaidaros:

1. Lockers are broken and need immediate maintenance.

2. Beach volley is not delimited.

3. During the inspection there was a dog on the coast.

4. There are no bathing limits.

On the coast of Gerakas:

1. While the coast is busy there was no lifeguard. No lifeguard equipment and first-aid equipment were identified.

2. There are no coastlines.

3. There are many umbrellas on the coast during the turtle nesting period.

4. There is a lot of litter on the coast.

5. The disabled ramp was in poor condition and could not be used.

On the Kalamaki coast 1:

1. There is a drainage from the old landfill at a very close distance, complaints were made by the bathers.

2. Dangers to access for people with disabilities are present.

On the Kalamaki 2:

1. As mentioned earlier there is drainage from the old landfill within a very short distance, complaints were made here by the bathers.

2. While the coast is busy there was no lifeguard. No lifeguard first aid equipment was identified.

3. Access for people with disabilities is dangerous.

On the coast of Arkadianos Doll:

This coast has a very small coastline and therefore has plenty of sun loungers, some of which are bored by the water. There is no free space required.

On the coast of Krioneri Coast - EOT Beach:

1. There was sewage at sea on this particular coast!

2. The coast was not clean.

3. There were hazards on the coast (cements).

On the coast of Laganas:

1. While the coast is busy there was no lifeguard.

On the Banana coast:

1. While the coast is busy there was no lifeguard. No lifeguard first aid equipment was identified.

2. Over-shore shelter from umbrellas and sun loungers.

3. Tractor traces were found on the shore.

On the Bouka Coast:

1. The coast was not clean.

2. Access for people with disabilities is dangerous (rotten and broken wood).

3. Lifeguard equipment and first-aid equipment were not identified.

4. Sunshine overlooking umbrellas and deck chairs.

5. There is a protected species on the shore (sand dunes) which is not protected.

6. There is a runoff of unknown water quality on the coast.

On the shore of Amboula Tragaki:

1. Access for people with disabilities is dangerous and unsuitable for use due to slipperiness. At the end of access for disabled people there is an altitude difference.

2. The coast is not clean.

3. Lifeguard equipment and first-aid equipment were not identified.

4. There are no bathing limits.

5. There is no sign for the sampling point.

On the Tsilivi coast:

1. Access for the disabled is dangerous.

2. There was no lifeguard. No lifeguard equipment and first-aid equipment were identified.

3. Dogs were spotted on the coast.

4. There is a protected species on the coast (lilies) which is not protected.

5. There is runoff of unknown water quality on the coast. In such cases, additional samples should be taken to confirm the quality at the points there.

On the sand / Psarou coast:

1. Very poor image of people with disabilities.