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June 2017

> Sustainable Barcelona
> The Fifth Lake hiking circuit
> Delta Birding Festival
> Nature & Sports Euro'Meet 2017
> Catalan accommodation committed to sustainability
> On the vermouth trail
> Hop from festival to festival
> Swim surrounded by Mediterranean tuna


Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Catalonia

Sustainable Barcelona

Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Barcelona

Experience a city that is environmentally friendly, a city that values local cuisine showcasing the Mediterranean diet, that is a great place to explore on foot or by bike, and is open to everyone... That's Barcelona!

Easy Walking Tour Gòtic: Don't miss this accessible walking tour that will give you a tailor-made insight into the Gothic Quarter.

Barcelona E-bike Rent: If you choose an e-bike, you'll enjoy a sustainable tour while you discover locally run shops and bars and keep fit too!

Eco-taxi: Have you heard about smart mobility? Take a smooth and silent ride in a taxi with low CO2 emissions in the utmost comfort.

Lasal del Varador: Taste slow food and Mediterranean cuisine when you book a table at this organic restaurant with its bioclimatic design and sea views!

Hostal Grau: Enjoy a sustainable experience when you stay at this urban boutique hostel: healthy, environmentally friendly premises right in the centre of Barcelona.

The Fifth Lake hiking circuit

Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Pyrenees

El Cinquè Llac (The Fifth Lake) is a circular hiking trail in the Catalan Pyrenees, just 200 km from Barcelona. The route runs through one of the most beautiful areas of the Pyrennees, at the foot of the Aigüestortes i Sant Maurici National Park, following historic shepherd trails. With a total length of 100 km, it is divided into 5 stages.

The Fifth Lake has been thought to cause the least possible impact to the environment while offering an excellent walking experience (check responsible criteria here). It was awarded Best Active Tourism Experience Category Nature at FITUR 2017.

The route includes:
> Return train ticket (from Lleida to starting point La Pobla de Segur)
> 6 nights in rural accommodation en route
> All breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and all evening meals
> Transport of luggage from place to place
> Insurance
> A 1:25,000-scale map and a route book 

More information: www.elcinquellac.com

Delta Birding Festival

Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Terres de l'Ebre

Calling all birdwatching enthusiasts! The Delta Birding Festival takes place in Terres de l'Ebre in September 23-25. During this festival, the Ebro Delta, one of the most important natural places in the Western Mediterranean, hosts a wide and attractive program of activities with lectures, courses, workshops, contests and others coupled with a large fair of products and services for the birder and people who enjoy nature as a whole.

The DBF is the only Spanish festival that sets aside the profit of ticket selling to a project related to the study and conservation of birds and nature. This year the financial contribution will be dedicated in a research project to study the migration routes of European Turtle Dove.

More information: www.deltabirdingfestival.com

Nature & Sports Euro'Meet 2017

Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Pyrenees

The 4th Nature & Sport EuroMeet conference will be held in La Seu d'Urgell in September 27-29, the capital of the Pyrenees and an area with a strong sporting vocation and tradition. The area is aiming to become the outdoor sports capital of southern Europe. This event is open to everyone interested in tourism, environment, sport and local development.

Nature & Sports EuroMeet 2017s key theme will be applied to different scopes of outdoor sports with the aim of dealing with the 4 dimensions of sustainable development in each of them:
> Mass-Mega sport events
> Active tourism
> Outdoors in natural protected areas
> Outdoors and well-being

The final objective is to provide a set of proposals towards a more sustainable development of outdoor sports.

Register here!

Catalan accommodation committed to sustainability

Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Catalonia

A total of 100 Catalan tourism companies have been certified with the EU Ecolabel, the EMAS certification or the Catalan Environmental Quality label as being respectful with the environment, while taking into account social and economic aspects of sustainability. Certified companies are mainly accommodation providers, ranging from hotels and campsites to rural houses.

More than half of Spanish hotels and rural houses certified with Ecolabel are located in Catalonia, representing a 5% in the whole of Europe (23 out of 479). Moreover, 30% of all Ecolabel-certified Catalan companies belong to the tourism sector. The Catalan tourism sector has certainly understood the need for a shift to a circular economy, which has already proven to generate significant environmental and financial returns.


Product: All
Tourist Brand: Catalonia

On the vermouth trail

Product: Gastronomy
Tourist Brand: Barcelona

Discover some of the best places to have an aperitif! Do you want to feel like a true Barcelonian? Well, if you do, you can't miss out on going for a vermut. For years this aromatic, herby wine has been the favourite Sunday pre-lunch tipple with local families. It's a tradition that has never died out but is currently undergoing something of a renaissance. Below you'll find our hand-picked selection of classic and recently opened bodegas where you can enjoy a glass of vermouth like the locals do.

> Quimet & Quimet
> Bar Mut
> Bodega 1900
> Lo Pinyol
> Morro Fi
> Bar Carmelitas
> Bodega La Puntual
> Bodega El Chigre

Learn more about the bodegas here

Hop from festival to festival

Product: Culture
Tourist Brand: Catalonia

Summer is here and the Catalan festival agenda fills up with plenty of possibilities. Check the list below and find your summer festival!

Costa Brava:
Sons del Món Festival  | June 24-August 5
Habanera Singing Festival  | July 1
Castell de Peralada Festival  | July 6-August 17
Cap Roig Festival  | July 7-August 22
Porta Ferrada Festival  | July 14-August 19

Barcelona and surroundings:
Mas i Mas Festival  | June 14-October 20
Vida Festival  | June 29-July 2
Canet Rock  | July 1
Cruïlla Barcelona Summer Festival  | July 7-8
Vijazz  | July 7-9
Música Viva de Vic Festival  | September 13-17
Barcelona Circuit Festival  | August 5-20

Costa Daurada:
Cambrils International Music Festival  | July 27-August 13

FeMAP  | July 1-August 27
Aquelarre  | August 25-27
Fira Tàrrega  | September 7-10

Swim surrounded by Mediterranean tuna

Product: Nature
Tourist Brand: Costa Daurada

Are you ready to enjoy one of the best and most exciting underwater adventures? You will be able to swim in the water with the largest tunas in the world and enjoy thrilling moments with all five senses.

The experience departs from l'Ametlla de Mar port (Tarragona) aboard a modern and innovative catamaran exclusively designed for the maximum comfort and safety. A professional from the staff will explain the process of what will possibly be one of the best adventures in your life: swimming surrounded by hundreds of Mediterranean Bluefin tuna. The uniquely beautiful coastal landscape of Costa Daurada and the Ebro Delta will accompany you for the entire voyage.

Finally, arriving at the power, you will be able to enjoy one of the most highly appreciated gastronomic pleasures in the world.

More information: www.tuna-tour.com


Product: Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Terres de Lleida

Belgian journalist Willy Ost from Kampeertoerist won the Pica d'Estats award, organised by the Tourism Board of Lleida, in the category of International Press for his article about the Fifth Lake hiking circuit.

"The area is all about authenticity, keeping memory, preserving the history and going back to basics"

"I met enthusiastic Catalan people from small villages happy to welcome travelers to their hometowns"

"The whole purpose is to share the beauty of the place and its nature; to enjoy it without spoiling it"

(Willy Ost)


Product: Nature & Sustainable Tourism
Tourist Brand: Catalonia

...that more than 30% of the Catalan territory is protected to preserve natural ecosystems? Catalonia is a must-see stop for lovers of nature, with a total of 18 natural parks!

One of the most spectacular protected areas is Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, with more than 200 lakes and majestic mountains. 

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