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Pavillon Bleu

The certified beach on Cannes' Ile Saint Marguerite. Copyright: Mairie de Cannes

Across France, just shy of 400 beaches in 186 communes have been awarded a Blue Flag or Pavillon Bleu for 2018. The Alpes-Maritimes has lost five beaches from the scheme (Bijou in Cannes, Pont Dulys, Garoupe Ouest, Grande Plage Juan-les-Pins and Gallice in Antibes, and Mala in Cap d'Ail), but added one: Carras in Nice. The Var has remained stable with 45. 

107 French ports (29 of which can be found in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) have also received certification. Efforts to efficiently monitor and manage water consumption in one of the newly accredited yachting sites, Port de Bouc to the west of Marseille, have been highlighted by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that has been responsible for the Blue Flag initiative for over 30 years. The health and status of the marina’s 26 water meters are independently checked each evening, allowing management to intervene within a reasonable timeframe if there is a problem, such as with the sluice systems or a leak, and thus limit wastage. Further along the Mediterranean coast in the Gard département, the Port Camargue du Grau-du-Roi provides boats with free access to waste water collection (grey and black) via a pump system and a barge. This eco-friendly vessel also scoops out manmade pollutants from the harbour, such as plastic bags and bottles. 

BEACHES IN THE ALPES-MARITIMES

Antibes: Antibes-les-Pins Est, Antibes-les-Pins Ouest, Fontonne Est, Fontonne Ouest, Fort Carré, La Salis, Les Groules, Marineland | Cannes: Chantiers navals, Font de Veyre, Gare Marchandises, Gazagnaire, Ile Sainte Marguerite Est, Ile Sainte Marguerite Ouest, Midi, Moure Rouge, Riou/Plage de la Nadine, Rochers de la Bocca, Saint Georges, Sud Aviation, Trou/Roubine | Cap d’Ail: Pissarelles | Mandelieu-La Napoule: Plage du Sable d’Or | Nice: Carras, Centenaire, Coco Beach, Magnan, Saint Hélène

BEACHES IN THE VAR

Hyères: Almanarre Nord, Ceinturon Est, La Bergerie, Port Pothuau | La Croix-Valmer: Gigaro, La Douane | La Londe-les-Maures : L’Argentière, Miramar, Tamaris | La-Seyne-sur-Mer: Sablettes Centre, Sablette Est | Le Lavandou: Aiguebelle, Anglade, Cavalière, la Fossette, Lavandou ville, Pramousquier, Saint Clair | Le Pradet: La Garonne, Le Monaco, Le Pin de Galle, Les Bonnettes, Les Oursinières | Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer: Plage Canadel, Plage Pramousquier Est, Plage Rayol |Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer: Les Lecques Saint-Come Ouest | Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer: La Coudoulière, La Vieille, Saint-Asile, Touring Club, Le Canon | Sainte-Maxime: Plage du centre-ville, Plage Garonnette, Plage La Croisette, Plage La Nartelle | Six-Fours-Les-Plages: Bonnegrace Anse B, Bonnegrace Anse D, La Coudoulière, Les Roches Brunes, Plage du Cros | Toulon: Anse Mistral, Les Pins Centre, Lido, Source Ouest

PORTS IN THE ALPES-MARITIMES

Port de La Napoule | Port Pierre Canto |Port Camille Rayon | Port Vauban | Port de Plaisance 

PORTS IN THE VAR

Nouveau Port des Lecques | Port de Bormes-les-Mimosas | Port de La Coudoulière | Port de la Madrague | Port de Plaisance de Bandol | Port de Plaisance de Santa Lucia | Port de Plaisance les Marines de Cogolin | Port de Plaisance Saint-Pierre-des-Embiez | Port du Lavandou | Port Fréjus | Port Saint-Pierre de Hyères-les-Palmiers | Port San Peïre des Issambres | Ports de La Londe |Saint-Raphaël Vieux Port | Vieux Port des Lecques de Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer