The Blue Flag (Mavi
Bayrak) designates beaches that
have met the European Union's high
standard for cleanliness and
sanitation both on the sand of the
beach and in the water.
Turkey has nearly 400 beaches that
qualify for the Blue Flag, placing
it high among European nations in
the number of certified-clean beaches.
The Blue Flag is a helpful
symbol of high standards
aimed at and met, but remember that things
can change: the certification
takes place once a year, and many
things can affect beach sanitation
in 12 months.
Use the Blue Flag as a guide,
but not a guarantee.
—by Tom Brosnahan