State of bathing water

Page Last modified 30 Nov 2016
Heading for your favourite beach? Is the bathing water clean? Europe has a great diversity of beautiful beaches and bathing areas, and each year millions of Europeans spend their weekends at their local beach or their holidays cooling down by the water. As this year's bathing season approaches, many citizens have a keen interest in the quality of bathing waters.

Quality of bathing water - 2015 bathing season

To allow Europeans to make an informed choice on which beach to choose, an annual report on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas, as reported by EU Member States is prepared. This year the report has been prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the European Commission DG Environment. The report assesses the bathing water quality in all 28 EU Member States, as well as Albania and Switzerland in the 2015 bathing water season and thereby gives an indication of the areas where the quality of bathing is expected to be good this year.

Bathing water cover 2015


EEA report - European bathing water quality in 2015

The printed EU summary report is based on the bathing water data available up to 4 May 2016. The digital versions of the report have minor revisions.



Details on all Member States bathing waters for the 2015 season can be found in the national bathing water reports:

Each report contains details on bathing water monitoring in the specific country and an assessment of the 2015 results and the trend in bathing water quality.

Austria Estonia Italy Portugal
Belgium Finland Latvia Romania
Bulgaria France Lithuania Slovakia
Croatia Germany Luxembourg Slovenia
Cyprus Greece Malta Spain
Czech Republic Hungary (The) Netherlands Sweden
Denmark Ireland Poland United Kingdom
Non EU countries: Albania *Note Switzerland

 The EU summary report is based on bathing water data available up to mid May 2016. 

Bathing water quality interactive map

We all want to know the quality of 'our' local bathing area, beach or lake, and whether it conforms to EU standards. Below you will find a map viewer that will allow you to view on-line the quality of the bathing water in the more than 21 000 coastal beaches and freshwater bathing waters across Europe.

By using the WISE map viewer you can check the bathing water quality on an interactive map. It also documents how bathing waters have changed throughout Europe in recent years and provides a full summary of Europe’s bathing water quality in 2015. Go directly to the WISE map viewer

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