In early June, the European Environment Agency published a report on the quality of bathing water in European Union countries, as well as in Switzerland and Albania. The cleanliness assessment of these places was based on data collected from 22 276 reservoirs, which were monitored throughout 2020. This report shows that more than 82% of European bathing areas have clean water of excellent quality. Thanks to this detailed information, you can choose places for a holiday trip where the water is of very good quality.
According to the assumptions, the quality of bathing water is assessed as excellent, satisfactory, sufficient or insufficient depending on the level of fecal bacteria detected and the contamination by various waste. Where water at an area becomes of poor quality, a country must take measures such as prohibiting swimming, informing the public and taking remedial action.
A score better than the European average was recorded in several countries. Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Croatia and Austria are five EU countries where on average over 95% of bathing sites have excellent quality water.
In Greece, a total of 1,634 bathing sites were monitored and in the case of Greece, the percentage of bathing sites with excellent quality water is even higher, with 97.1% of bathing sites being the highest. No site was found with the worst quality water, although it must be corrected that 0.9% of bathing areas did not participate in this classification. Therefore, it can be assumed that in Greece we have a very small probability of finding a place where the water is even of satisfactory quality. As we checked, in Crete only one bathing beach in Damnoni was rated as satisfactory.
The quality of bathing water in Greece has been systematically monitored since 1988. The excellent quality of Greek bathing areas is also an excellent advertisement and tourist promotion. Many people choose to vacation in this country also because of the cleanliness of the sea.
Although the EU has been fighting to improve water quality for forty years and implements various procedures to prevent pollution, according to the latest data, 296 monitored bathing sites have the worst water quality. However, this number is only 1.3% of the total number of monitored sites. Since the beginning of water quality monitoring, this percentage has decreased only slightly. 6% of European bathing waters did not participate in this classification.
In order to enable everyone to check the water quality in the place to which we are going on vacation or even for a short trip, an interactive map has been prepared with all monitored places all over Europe marked .