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Celebrating diversity in all its forms

Why visit Spain

The diversity of Spain’s landscapes is as immense as its cultural heritage. From the remote Pyrenean mountains to the wild Atlantic cliffs ending in the delightful Mediterranean coasts.
As for its culture, both ancestral and living, the outcome of a historical crossroad which crystallises in an outstanding gastronomy, great wines, and unique architecture and artistic expressions. Read further to find out about sustainable tourism in Spain!

Sustainability

The highly appreciated good Spanish weather is not only a tourist attraction but also a key source for the energy transition that is slowly decarbonizing its economy. Spain has taken the lead in the solar energy sector in Europe and it’s the 6th in the world with higher solar-generated energy capacity. Spain is seriously committed to fight climate change as its effects are already showing up with less rain and higher risk of acidification in the southern part of the country.
Sustainable tourism in Spain

Getting there

By train: The international train network connects Spain with Portugal (Lusitania night train) and France (high speed train). And much more operated by The Train Line, Interrail and Rail Europe.

By bus: The main bus company in Spain is ALSA, which links 300 cities in 16 European countries, and Morocco, with Spain. Other international routes are operated by Eurolines and FlixBus among others.

By car-sharing is a great option for making your trip more sustainable and getting to know local people. Options are available at Bla Bla Car and Amovens.

By boat: Regular boat lines connect Spain with the United Kingdom, Morocco, Italy, Algeria and Portugal. These lines are operated by Brittany Ferries, Direct Ferries, and Transmediterránea among others.

By air: Spain has 33 international airports located in the different regions, where more than 250 airlines operate. Don’t forget to offset your carbon footprint.

Sustainable tourism in Spain

Getting around

The easiest and fastest way to discover Spain is through its high speed trains (AVE): A fast, safe and sustainable transport, which makes the trip itself part of a unique experience. Moreover, if you choose these trains to travel, you can get discounts for cultural visits and get to know some of the most important Spanish cities. It is also possible to get to any corner of Spain by bus through the bus company ALSA or by car-sharing. There are more than enough options for a sustainable trip in Spain!

Tourism & People

Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe, but the most popular destinations are not always the most sustainable. Travelling without damaging the environment and at the same time benefiting the local community is a modality that is slowly growing interest in some Spanish destinations. There are already 8 destinations that joined and compromised with Green Destinations, which evidences their commitment to responsible tourism.

Travel tips from our editors

Sustainable tourism in Spain

Train advantages

Take advantage of the discounts offered when travelling through Spain by train. By travelling by train, you can get discounts for cultural visits (AVE) or unique experiences (Tren dels Llacs).

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Keep it local

Supporting cultural events and local crafts will not only improve the economy of locals, but your memories will be more authentic. Nevertheless, keep in mind that religious and traditional events (very common and popular in Spain) are not created for tourists, try to not interfere. Get rid of any prejudices or previous stereotypes and establish healthy relationships with the locals, it will boost your engagement and joy.

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Waste separation for recycling

For separate waste disposal, remember this color code:
GREEN bin for glass; BLUE for paper and cardboard; YELLOW for plastics, metal & tetrabricks; BROWN for organic matter; GREY for rest waste (non-recyclable); and a specific WHITE container for medical waste.

For any other kind of waste (textile, oils, etc.) there is always a “Punto Limpio” (local waste facility) where you can dispose of your waste. Follow this link to find your closest Punto Limpio.

Good places to stay

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Book your green hotel through EcoHotels!

EcoHotels was founded in 2020, as a responsible and sustainable alternative to the large and dominant online travel agencies (OTAs), whose business model and high commissions severely decimate individual hotels´ identity, concept and bottom line. EcoHotels´ mission is to be a community for hotels, sharing knowledge and best practices, and standing side by side to promote sustainability in the travel industry.

We have with many years in the hospitality business also experienced a demand for sustainable and certified hotels, why we also aim to be a community for travellers, who care about acting as responsibly as possible, and want to have a trustworthy source of information – who also wish to travel as sustainably as possible, supporting high-quality, certified hotels and helping make travel a force for good around the globe.

In this page you can find a selection of accommodations available and bookable via EcoHotels.

Sustainability Recognitions

Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit was the 1st winner of the Best of Seaside in 2019.

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Recognised with the Green Destinations Gold are:
Berguedá and Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit

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Recognised with the QualityCoast Gold ecolabel are:
Baiona, Islas Atlánticas de Galicia, Noja and Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit

Apart from that, some destinations also received recognitions such as: Baiona was the 2nd winner of the Best of Seaside awards category (2019); El Berguedà was the 3rd winner of the Best of Communities & Culture awards category (2019 and 2020); Noja was the 2nd winner of the Best of Seaside awards category (2018); and Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit was the 2nd winner of the ITB Earth Award (2018).

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