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Why visit Noja

Noja is a beautiful coastal town in Cantabria located between Santander and Bilbao. It has two spectacular beaches, Ris and Trengandín, with fine golden sand. Between these beaches there is a coastal walk of about 2.2 km called Ruta de la Costa. 75% of the territory lays within the Natural Park of the Santoña, Victoria and Joyel Marshes, and the beaches have ISO 14001, the Q for Tourist Quality, the Ecoplayas Flag and the Universal Accessibility award in the case of Trengandín.


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Noja was selected to both the 2020 and 2021 Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories.
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Noja has been awarded with the
Quality Coast Gold Award

In Noja sustainability is the main axis in the daily management of the Villa. Noja is part of a unique natural enclave within the protected area: Natural Park of the Marismas de Santoña, Victoria and Joyel, which is one of the protected areas of greatest value on a national and international scale, and a place of passage for thousands of birds on their journeys to their places of origin or rest. An area that has four protection figures: the Natural Park, the Special Conservation Area, the Special Protection Area for Birds and the Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance. Within this natural enclave, the Noja City Council carries out sustainable daily management, committed to promoting the "potential" of the natural environment to generate economic activity and sustainable development. Noja is committed to sustainable development and responsible tourism in all the activities and events that it organizes and celebrates, including the International Econoja Fair. Noja is committed to responsible tourism by participating annually in the most important events in the sector, such as the Birdfair Ornithological Tourism Fair in Rutland (United Kingdom) or the International Ornithological Tourism Fair (FIO) in Monfragüe. The creation of Econoja responds to the intention of "joining an international circuit" and offering a fair of these characteristics "in the north of Spain", which is consolidated as a benchmark in the sector. El Molino de las Aves is consolidated as the hub of nature tourism in Noja. The number of visitors who come to this environmental information and education center is increasing every year, which confirms this center as the axis of ecotourism in the municipality, being the engine of the seasonal adjustment and attractiveness of the natural spaces of the Villa and of the Marisma Victoria, as well as environmental education and sustainability. In addition, the Molino de las Aves has the Centro Azul award granted by ADEAC.

What does it mean?

  1. They have shown at least 60% compliance with the Green Destinations Core Criteria
  2. They have submitted a story that was selected to the list for its innovative, effective and / or transferable good management practice.

Noja Good Practice Story

Noja submitted a Good Practice Story. It was about Low cost & non-tech actions which bring to true and visible changes, flourish and regeneration. Read the full story here.


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