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Sunday 23 June 2024

Spain showcasing its sustainability credentials

Spain is making significant strides in promoting sustainable tourism in a bid to ensure year-round visitation and promote lesser-known regions. 

New cycling paths, electric buses and high-speed train routes are making eco-friendly travel across the country more accessible, and hotel initiatives are revitalising rural regions, contributing to Spain's sustainable tourism movement.

Turespana's Tourism Counsellor for South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Marta Fernandez Martin, says Spain's commitment to sustainable tourism not only enhances the visitor experience but also ensures the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

“We are absolutely committed to leading the way in sustainable tourism,' said Fernandez Martin. “Spain is dedicated and making great progress to making eco-friendly travel both accessible and enjoyable, reflecting our country's deep respect for the environment and our duty to protect it.

“As the country's national tourism board, we're proactively promoting shoulder-season and off-season travel options to Australian and New Zealand travellers, as well as encouraging greater regional dispersal and off-the-beaten-path discoveries.

"This approach is designed not only to help manage tourism's impact on the environment and local communities within Spain, but also to spread the economic benefit of tourism further.”

Valencia has been named as the European Green Capital for 2024, while the European Capital of Smart Tourism for 2024 is Seville. 

Spain continues to innovate in sustainable travel by expanding its Vias Verdes (Green Ways) project, which repurposes old railway lines into non-motorised paths for hiking and cycling. 

With over 117 routes spanning more than 2,900 kilometres, nature enthusiasts have opportunities to explore the country's landscapes.

A remarkable 90% of Spanish trains are powered by renewable electricity, substantially reducing the carbon footprint and a new high-speed line between Madrid and Oviedo launched in November last year. 

For more information on sustainable Spain and conscious travel options see

Image: Seville. Supplied.


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