Good Travel Destinations
The destinations featured in this guide are all certified, awarded or recognized for their sustainability
We encourage you to consider travelling a shorter distance, by choosing to explore destinations closer to home
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The Good Travel Destinations have shown evidence of their efforts towards a more sustainable tourism industry. Sustainability recognitions achieved include:
Certification through the Green Destinations Standard is the ultimate level of global recognition for destination quality and sustainable destination management.
Destinations that are in full compliance with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Recognised Green Destinations Standard, will become Green Destinations Certified.
Green Destinations Awards recognize excellence in the primary aspects connected to destination’s quality offer to travellers. Awards recognise excellence in one or several of the aspects, such as Destination Management; Nature, Animals & Scenery; Environment & Climate; Culture & Tradition; Social Well-Being and Business & Hospitality.
QualityCoast Awards are dedicated especially for seaside and waterfront destinations. Specific attention is given to waterfronts, beach management and bathing water quality.
Both Green Destinations Awards and QualityCoast Awards use four different Award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Top 100 Competition
Top 100 Competition goal is to share these destinations’ innovative and effective sustainability tourism stories and good management practices as inspiring examples to others, to tour operators and to travellers.
These destinations have achieved at least 60% compliance with the Core Criteria of the Green Destinations Standard they were evaluated on (15 core criteria for 1st year participants in the competition and 30 for 2nd year participants).
Berg en Dal (Gelderland)
Hoek van Holland (Zuid-Holland)
Águeda (Baixo Vouga, Centro)
Alto Minho CIM (Norte)
Arouca – Unesco Global Geopark
Cascais (Greater Lisbon region)
Dark Sky Alqueva
Oeste Region (West Portugal)
Serras do Socorro e Archeira
Sintra (Greater Lisbon region)
Torres Vedras (West)