If you are an environmental friendly tourist you are in luck! Why do I say that? Because the United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, and it seems it will be a good opportunity for launching new sustainable touristic initiatives. However, you have to be careful because if sustainable tourism becomes trendy, it’s possible that some companies will try to use fake green marketing to get more customers. I have an article about how to avoid greenwashing here.
What is happening in Spain in relation to sustainable tourism?
In November 2016 the Ecotourism National Congress was held, where the attendees wrote the statement of Ecotourism and they defined it like this: “A way of traveling to a natural area to know it, to understand it, and to enjoy it. At the same time, to be able value it and contribute to its conservation in a practical way, without generating impacts to the environment and having a positive effect in the local population.” Simultaneously, the government of Catalonia (a region in the North East of Spain), is developing a plan to promote responsible tourism in natural protected areas. This region has well conserved natural, cultural, and landscape resources, and using ecotourism as a tool to promote them, it can help develop the economy of mountain areas in a sustainable way.
I think Catalonia it’s a good place not only for practicing ecotourism, but also if you enjoy walking through a city, trying the gastronomy, and visiting museums, Catalonia is your place. On the contrary, if you are a sea person, Catalonia has beautiful Mediterranean beaches, especially in Costa Brava. I can guarantee, you can be a sustainable tourist whatever your preferences are.
Let me give you a taste.
El Cinquè Llac (The Fifth Lake) it’s a circular walking route through the foothills of the Pyrenees of Lleida. It consists of five stages, and there are different modalities depending on your physical level or motivation. It’s a good way to practice ecotourism in a very wonderful area. You can find more information in this website.
Barcelona got the Biosphere World Class Destination and currently, the local government is thinking of a way to decentralize the city center because they want improve tourism in other areas. If you want to spend a sustainable vacation in Barcelona I can help you find the best activities, restaurants, and accommodations. One example of the latter is Hostal Grau, an eco-hotel in the center of the city.
Llançà it’s a little village in Alt Empordà. There you can do a lot of activities to discover the coast and all its secrets doing hiking, wine tasting, snorkeling, or an eco-picnic, and all of that in a responsible way. Gregal it’s a company that offers all of that.
What better way to honor the Sustainable Tourism year than doing an environmental friendly vacation in Catalonia? E-mail me with your travel preferences and I can help you arrange it.
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