If swimming forms part of your holiday then you’ll be pleased to know that 95% of bathing sites monitored by the EU are safe for swimming.

And the latest water survey claims that the beaches of Malta and Cyprus as well as the lakes and rivers of Luxembourg are the best for water quality.

Next in line are the bathing waters of Greece, Croatia, and Germany.

Romania has performed worst overall in percentage terms. Italy has the greatest number of sites where the water quality is unsatisfactory. 197 sites in the country were classified as such. Next was France with 105 swimming areas deemed unacceptable.

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