Awards from this year’s Blue Wave Flag beach qualification competition were handed out on Wednesday at the award ceremony in Zamárdi. The best beach, which was awarded with the highest scores this year was the Diási Play Beach in Gyenesdiás.
According to organizers, this year, 17 beaches around Lake Balaton can set the best flag on their beach, the five-star Blue Wave Flag. In addition, 14 beaches won four stars, three of the beaches were awarded with three stars, and one beach won two stars.
The jury also decided about the most prepared beach in terms of epidemiological prevention. The special award was also won by the Gyenesdiás beach. The special award for the most dynamically developing beach, awarded by the Balaton Tourism Association, was won by the Green Wave beach in Balatonederics.
The counties around lake Balaton also handed out special awards for the beaches on their own shores. The special prize of the Somogy County Local Government was won by the Bélatelepi Beach in Fonyód, the special prize of the Veszprém County Local Government was won by the Csopak Village Beach, while the special prize of the Zala County Local Government was won by the Libás Beach in Keszthely.
As in previous years, 35 beaches on Lake Balaton participated in the competition. In addition to the organizing Balaton Association, the evaluations were made by representatives of the Women for Lake Balaton Association, the Balaton Tourism Association, the Balaton Circle, the Balaton Uplands National Park, and the Hungarian Tourism Agency, as well as county chief physicians. During the competition many new quality beach developments were presented to the jury and the participants also reported of further development plans.
photo: illustration from Siófok (photo: Balázs Mohai/MTI)