Known for its iconic red-ish sand, Ramla l-Ħamra bay, the largest beach in Gozo has officially kicked off its summer season with a blue flag reserved solely for high quality beaches.
Nature Trust have awarded blue flag status to this beautiful beach for the third consecutive year.
The Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority Gavin Gulia shared that the MTA must ensure the product on the beaches of the Maltese islands is optimum. He said the Authority would employ lifeguards, beach supervisors and take care of other expenses on beaches. To this end, the MTA had allocated a budget of more than half a million.
What’s Blue Flag Status?
The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
The blue flag, which is reserved for high quality beaches, was awarded to ten other beaches this year as well, after meeting a total of 29 criteria recognised by the international organization that awards this certificate.
The beaches include: Bugibba Bay, Fond Għadir in Sliema, Golden Sands, Ghajn tuffieha Bay, l-Għadira, Fra Ben in Qawra and Westin Dragonara Beach Club in Malta, Ħondoq ir-Rummien and Marsalforn bays in Gozo.