Ecotourism, or sustainable tourism, took off in Spain in the 90s and has been gaining popularity ever since. The increase in environmental awareness at a global level has caused a growth of tourists who decide on the options, in which the preservation of nature is paramount, during their vacations.
Spain established its first national park in 1918. Today, a significant part of the Spanish land mass is made up of National Parks, including one of the largest in Europe, Los Picos de Europa. Spain's national parks represent everything from wetlands to mountains.
Sustainable tourism often takes the form of camping. Tourist offices throughout Spain will provide you with information that will direct you to the many official campsites in Spain, called camping parks.
Sustainable tourism without dispensing with maximum comfort
For the most demanding travelers, who, in addition to being interested in preserving nature and reducing their environmental footprint, want their stay to be highly comfortable, Spain offers excellent alternatives, among which stands out ecosuitescaves, an accommodation in Tenerife with bioclimatic design, where relaxation and sustainability coexist in harmony.
Located on the edge of the Anaga rural park, a biosphere reserve, it is ideal for any type of traveler who wants to live a unique and different experience. Near the city of Laguna, a World Heritage Site and Santa Cruz, the capital of the island. Ecosuitescaves are located in a farm of 8,000 m2, of which 1500 are currently available for guests and where the headquarters of AMBARASOCIACION is located, an NGO dedicated to the care and protection of the donkey and that in addition to ensuring the well-being of this noble animal, performs therapies with groups with special needs etc.
It is also very close to the Teresitas beach chosen by "European Consumer Choice" as one of the best beaches in Europe, and Eco Suites Caves stands out because all the intervention has been carried out with respect for the environment, being the least invasive possible . The patterns of bioclimatic architecture and zero kilometer architecture have been followed, reusing 90% of the water consumed and then using it for irrigation.
One of the advantages of staying in ecosuitescaves is that the temperature inside the cave is maintained on an annual average at 21º C in a natural way, which is why energy consumption is significantly reduced.
Ecosuitescaves are excavated in volcanic tuff being equipped with all the comforts of the 21st century and with an avant-garde design, in addition all the materials used are from responsible sources, from paints to wood and are certified for sustainability.
What does it mean and how to be a sustainable traveler?
Tourism has the capacity to produce a large number of jobs, but it is up to us to support companies whose work policies and values are based on sustainability. Those that respect the environment, culture and local communities. Those who are based on respect for our world and those who inhabit it.
So, in short, responsible tourism is based on caring for the environment, respect for different cultures and support for local economies. Here are some tips on how to make each trip more sustainable:
When you visit a new destination, respect its culture, traditions, religion and customs. Investigate their norms, many times, things that we take as everyday, in other cultures they are unthinkable.
Minimize your carbon footprint by choosing the form of transport that generates the least emissions. When possible, use trains or buses instead of airplanes. If you opt for the latter, try to compensate when you hire accommodation and services by always opting for those that are respectful with the environment and generate local economy. Always prioritize the use of public transport.
Look for local tour companies and choose those tours that you can complete on foot or by bike. Avoid any activity that treats people like a tourist attraction. Do not do anything that could endanger or exploit the locals, animals or nature.
Use natural hygiene products that do not pollute the water. Try to keep your baths short and reuse the towels. If possible, bring a reusable bottle and a cloth bag. Generate the least amount of trash possible. Consume only what you need.
If you have the possibility, help in a local project. Connect with residents, we all have something to offer. In such a big world, there is a lot to see and you can also learn.
Choose those who are committed to caring for the environment and fair trade. Those who generate less impact and offer you the possibility of connecting with nature.