Destinations with the best scenery are also some of the most fragile, which is why we have to work hard to preserve these wonderful places for future generations.
If you’re like me and want to do your bit for the environment, why not give ecotourism a go and book an eco-friendly holiday? First you’ll want to choose the most environmentally friendly way of travelling; train travel is a great way to see Europe and produces low emissions, but taking the ferry and driving to your destination is also less harmful to the environment than flying.
Then it’s all about choosing the right place to stay – to make things easier here are 5 of our finest eco-friendly parcs:
An award-winning French seaside resort
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Set on Brittany’s wonderful coastline, this family-run parc is a proud member of La Clef Verte, which is the first international label for eco-tourist accommodation. Take a stroll to the bustling resort of Bénodet where you’ll find a coastal promenade lined with restaurants. If you’re a lover of the coastal outdoors this parc is perfect for you!
Through the pine forest to the beach
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This small, tranquil parc has also won a host of awards for looking after the environment, including La Clef Verte. Nestled between a beach and pine forest there’s plenty of plant and animal life to enjoy on parc. Under half an hour’s drive away you’ll find the technicolour wonders of Ile aux Papillon, home to 700 butterflies.
Thermal spring pools and wonderful walks
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If Italy is more your style then I’d recommend Parco delle Piscine, which is located in 50 hectares of glorious Tuscan countryside. There are 3 pool complexes heated by thermal springs and it’s measures like these that helped them win the prestigious EMAS award for eco-innovation.
A chateau, cognac and horse riding
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This fantastic site is another member of La Clef Verte and is set around a 19th Century chateau that has been carefully restored. Enjoy horse riding into the nearby woodland or even a tour of the local Cognac vineyards.
On the edge of a National Park
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Last but not least, how about staying on the edge of a National Park in The Alps? This environmentally friendly site is surrounded by stunning mountains and waterfalls and will certainly put you back in touch with nature.
Once you’re on your ecotourism adventure, remember to respect the local surroundings and clear away any litter, plus most of our parcs provide recycling points for any waste.
We’re doing our bit back at home too; we’re one of the only travel companies to achieve FSC and PEFC certification for using paper from sustainable sources!