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Catalonia is committed to responsible tourism. It promotes tourism development models with a reduced impact on the region and that seek integration and orderly coexistance with Catalan society. The government and the tourism sector work to promote tourism that is sustainable over time, with the least possible impact on the region.

How you can help when you visit

When planning your trip, choose suppliers and accommodation facilities that offer guarantees of quality and respect for the environment. How can you know which ones they are? Look for those who have Catalan certifications: the Environmental Quality Guarantee and the Ecological Agro-Food Product emblems controlled by the Catalan Council for Ecological Agricultural Production (CCPAE). Another possibility is to choose companies with the EMAS badge, which are a part of a regularly audited, respectful environmental management system. Among the listings, you'll find hotels, lodges, campsites, experiences and all kinds of options committed to the environment.

Protected Natural Spaces
Four natural parks have been accredited with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism seal in Protected Natural Spaces(CETS), which aims to promote respectful tourism in Europe's protected natural spaces. They are the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa, the Sant Llorenç de Munt y l'Obac Natural Park, the Ebro Delta Natural Park and the Montseny Natural Park. The last two are also UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The four parks can be visisted and you'll find companies that organize activities that respect the natural environment. They also have certificates to guarantee this.

Experiences accessible to everyone
Part of appreciation for the environment is to make it accessible for everyone. Catalonia has experiences for everyone, and especially for people with disabilities or reduced mobility, such as more than 150 km of Green Routes and accessible trails that wind through the mountain ranges, wooded areas and fishing villages. There's so much more to enjoy outdoors, such as paragliding or hot air balloon rides and skiing... And you can combine them with other tourist experiences, such as gastronomy, culture, wellness...

Catalonia: Biosphere Responsible Tourism Destination
Catalonia's commitment to the environment has been recognized with the Biosphere Responsible Tourism Destination certificate, granted by the Institute of Responsible Tourism, an organisation linked to UNESCO. This recognition was groundbreaking, as it is the first time that the distinction has been given to a tourist region. The Biosphere certificate recognizes the quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility of tourist destinations.

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Catalonia has the Biosphere seal, which recognizes the quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility of its tourist destinations.

Biosphere Responsible Tourism
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This certification, promoted by the Institute of Responsible Tourism, establishes the sustainable behavior criteria in the international tourism business sector and recognizes industries who have made responsible tourism the cornerstone of their activity.
Columnas de inspiración dórica que sostienen las cúpulas del casquete esférico (1900-14). Antoni Gaudí. Park Güell, Barcelona.       (© Toni Vidal High Fidelity Collective)
Barcelona
Barcelona's tourism offering is organised to enable tourists to get the most out of their visit, whether it is over a weekend or a longer holiday.
View of Arró and the church of Sant Martí  (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Val d’Aran
In the Western Pyrenees, the Val d'Aran and its capital Vielha, more than 2,000 metres above sea level, with its high mountain climate, are ideal for sports. This territory has its own language, history and political organisation.
Aerial view of Sitges and la Punta de San Sebastián (© Agència de Desenvolupament del Garraf (NODE))
Sitges
From the old fishermen's village called 'Blanca Subur' rises the town of Sitges, a byword for culture, a cradle of Catalan Art Nouveau and a city of film. Boasting unmatched beaches and sun 320 days a year, its traditions and artistic sensitivity come together in museums and manors, true architectural jewels. A place for discovering unforgettable corners, for strolling and relaxing alongside the sea and for savouring rich cuisine with a seafaring heritage.
Coastal view  (© Miguel Angel Alvarez)
Tossa de Mar
Tossa is located within the natural space of the massif of Cadiretes, valuable due to the coexistence of Mediterranean and Atlantic flora and ideal for taking walks or following mountain bike routes, passing by the megalithic remains.

The beaches that surround the town to the north and south are excellent, some due to the quality of the services on offer and others due to the almost virgin environment. The municipality's heritage includes Roman remains, Modernista buildings and airs of avant-garde artistic bohemia.

Hollywood diva Ava Gardner walked on the granular sand of Gran beach in 1950 to film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. That might be reason enough for film fans to come and explore the municipality.

"Castell"; torre humana de los castellers de Vilafranca.  (© Ajuntament de Vilafranca del Penedès High Fidelity Collective)
Vilafranca del Penedès
Known as the Wine Capital, and home to Catalonia's finest human towers, or castells, Vilafranca makes no attempt to hide its deep relationship with wine making. Wineries and old presses form part of the urban landscape of this small regional capital, with its Catalan Art Nouveau façades and typical features of its mediaeval Old Town, which has remained a point of reference for neighbouring towns and regions. The local traditions and cuisine allow visitors to catch a glimpse of a way of seeing life that is intimately associated with the land.
The village of Unha with snowy mountains in the background. (© Francesc Tur)
Val d’Aran
630 square kilometres surrounded by mountain peaks reaching over 3,000 metres. An ideal place for enjoying skiing and adventure tourism, and for discovering mountain gastronomy.
EMAS certified companies and entities
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A company that adopts the EMAS certificate is responsible for the environmental impact of its activities. These are some of those companies.
Aerial views of the Majestic Hotel on the Passeig de Gràcia (© Hotel Majestic)
Majestic
The Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is a distinguished five-star hotel on Passeig de Gràcia. It offers a wide variety of services and amenities to suit the needs of its guests. The luxury, comfort and personalised service of this hotel earned it a World Travel Awards nomination.
Views of the lighthouse of Vilanova i la Geltrú (© Ajuntament de Vilanova i la Geltrú)
Vilanova Park
Vilanova Park is the closest first-category campsite to Barcelona. Its location in Vilanova i la Geltrú makes it ideal for enjoying the city's high-quality museums, of which there are more than half a dozen.
Yacht club    (© Miguel Angel Alvarez)
Club Náutico Estartit
El alquiler y compra de los amarres del puerto de L'Estartit los gestiona el Club Nàutic Estartit. Al alcance de los socios quedan las instalaciones que cuentan con pistas de tenis y piscina, entre otros. También ofrece diversas actividades acuáticas y la posibilidad de alquilar embarcaciones.
Gardens of the Joan Miró Foundation    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Fundació Joan Miró
The Joan Miró foundation was opened in 1975 and was converted, at the artist's express wishes, into a centre for the promotion of contemporary art which organises temporary exhibitions, conferences, seminars, workshops and children's theatre.
Main facade of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (© Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya)
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya-MNAC
Located in the historical and emblematic Palau Nacional de Barcelona, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Art Museum of Catalonia) offers versatile venues for staging customised and exclusive activities for as few as 20 people in intimate spaces, or for over 2,000 in the oval room, hall, and on the terrace.
Replica of a tropical forest in CosmoCaixa.   (© Imagen M.A.S.)
CosmoCaixa
Cosmocaixa is a centre for the dissemination of scientific information based on interactive experiments. It organises travelling exhibitions, courses, rounds of conferences, film screenings and other educational activities.
Products and services with the Ecolabel seal
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Ecolabel is a voluntary seal that certifies products or services that have a reduced impact on the environment. They contribute to protecting the environment and the health of the people and making effective use of resources.
Cava Martín Soler, facade of the wine cellar. (© Marc Castellet)
El Berguedà
Camping El Berguedà offers a large, shady camping area and cosy, fully-equipped bungalows. Its location makes it ideal for walking and mountain biking trails through this beautiful natural setting.
Cliffs of Tavertet  (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
L'Avenc de Tavertet
A 16th century rustic farmhouse's houses L'Avenc Tavertet, responsible tourism serviced apartments it has a range of accommodation designed for all types of travellers. It offers tours on foot or by bicycle to explore the Val de Sau Collsacabra.
<p>Cycle tourism in the Delta de l’Ebre</p>        (© Hotel L’Algadir del Delta High Fidelity Collective)
L'Algadir del Delta
The L'Algadir Delta hotel, located in the Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre, specialises in offering visitors all the amenities for planning activities in the Delta del Ebre region.
Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Casa Arrufat
Casa Arrufat occupies a stone house from the late 18th century. The environment has unique attractions like the walls of Montblanc and the monasteries of the Cistercian Route.
Jardín exterior ante la antigua masía del siglo XI reconvertida en el hotel-restaurante Mas de la Sala, en Sallent.  (© Mas de la Sala High Fidelity Collective High Fidelity Collective)
Mas de la Sala
Hostal del Camp has a range of accommodation with 26 comfortable rooms in a peaceful and quiet environment. The lounge boasts panoramic views over Pla del Bages.
<p>Cal Serni</p>          (© Cal Serni High Fidelity Collective)
Cal Serní
Cal Serni és one of the few house museums Rural tourism in Catalonia that are inhabited i in which you can sample at gastronomy based autògtona made ??by the owners of the farmhouse products.
Products and services with Emblem of Environmental Quality Guarantee (DGCA)
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The DGQA is the Catalan eco-labeling system that recognizes the products and services that favour waste reduction and saving resources beyond what is established by the current legislation.
Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar
The Santa Maria del Mar hostel inherited the summer camp that a banking entity created for it’s employees’ children in 1961 in Coma-ruga. There is not much left from those beginnings, except the privileged location: a forest close to the beach right on the Costa Daurada.
<p>Costa Daurada. Dormitorio del Alberg L'Encanyissada, en Amposta</p>        (© Xanascat High Fidelity Collective)
L'Encanyissada
The hostel is located in the small town of Poble Nou del Delta, surrounded by rice fields. In this area you can visit the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park, explore the trails by hiking or cycling or practice water sports.
Vall de Núria
Vall de Núria
Located in the Pyrenees in Girona, this charming three-star hotel stands in a spectacular setting of great natural beauty. This emblematic, authentic, inviting and peaceful establishment offers an excellent level of service for small and medium-sized corporate groups, activities in summer and winter, meeting rooms, a ski resort.
<p>Cal Mas</p>         (© Cal Mas High Fidelity Collective)
Cal Mas
Cal Mas is a rural house somewhere between Solsona and Segarra, where guests can enjoy a few days of absolute tranquillity getting close to animals and experiencing life in the countryside.
Ecomuseu-Farinera    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Ecomuseu-Farinera de Castelló d'Empúries
Museum located in a flour mill from the late 19th century. During the visit, and by using interactive panels and audiovisual presentations, it is possible to see how the wheat was cleaned, its preparation to be milled and, finally, how it was milled.
Access courtyard at the City History Museum  (© Nano Cañas)
MUHBA El Call
Este museo está situado en el que fue el barrio judío de Barcelona durante la Edad Media. En sus salas se muestra la influencia del pueblo judío en la historia y en la vida cultural de la ciudad.
Environmentally friendly experiences
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Enjoy Catalonia's attractions in a balanced way, respecting the environment.
Riverside woodland in Montseny (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Naturalwalks
Organizador de actividades y talleres en diferentes puntos del territorio que giran entorno a la sostenibilidad y la conservación de su medi o natural y su patrimonio cultural. Las propuestas se pueden adaptar según las preferencias de los usuarios.
Grupo realizando una actividad de Ports Experience        (© Ports Experience  High Fidelity Collective High Fidelity Collective)
Ports Experience
Ports Experience es una empresa que organiza actividades en el Parc Natural dels Ports y apuesta por el ecoturismo. Dos guías expertos en salidas en grupo y senderismo realizan rutas en un entorno natural privilegiado. El objetivo de esta agencia es la experiencia de la consciencia mediante la conexión con uno mismo en la naturaleza.
Mountain biking. Banyoles.  (© Daniel Julián)
Cicloturisme i Medi Ambient
Cicloturisme i Medi Ambient is a travel agency specialising in bicycle holidays and routes. The activities are directed to people of all ages, including families and children, groups and business events.
Casa Museo de Pau Casals.      (© Viemocions High Fidelity Collective)
Viemocions
La agencia de viajes Viemocions es especialista en ofrecer experiencias únicas en lugares de tradición vinícola. Sus propuestas pueden adaptarse a los intereses de los clientes y, además, elaboran productos propios de calidad.
SK Kayak
SK Kayak
En SK Kayak, especialistas en actividades de kayak, se encuentra todo el material, ropa y complementos necesarios para equipar desde los palistas no iniciados hasta los más experimentados. También disponen de una amplia gama de ropa y complementos de las marcas que más gustan a los kayaquistas.
Introduction to scuba diving. Bay of Roses.  (© Daniel Julián)
Plàncton Diving
Centro de submarinismo y snorkel que está gestionado por un grupo de oceanógrafas y biólogas marinas. Además de salidas de buceo, organizan numerosos cursos y talleres centrados en la divulgación de la riqueza marítima de la costa de L'Ametlla de Mar.
Where?Ex. Barcelona, Gelida
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Adagio
Barcelona / Barcelona
Gourmet hotel located in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. It occupies a fully refurbished, five-storey modernist building to offer a high standard of service and equipment.
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Alberg l'Espluga de Francolí Xanascat
Espluga de Francolí, l' / Costa Daurada
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The Jaume I hostel from L’Espluga de Francolí is located in a building from the end of the 19th century. This well-equipped hostel is located at the foot of the Prades Mountains. Some of its highlights include its meteorological station and its close proximity to the Poblet monastery, which is only a kilometre away.
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Alimara Barcelona Hotel
Barcelona / Barcelona
Hotel Alimara has been fully refurbished, and is located in the new Horta-Guinardò district.
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Allotjament Antiga
Calafell / Costa Daurada
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Located in the 18th-century colonial home of Cal Manganyes in Calafell, the hotel is completely renovated and features a rustic décor within a charming ensemble.
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Barcelona Princess
Barcelona / Barcelona
Establishment located in the new tourist and business district of the city, the Diagonal Mar area, in a spectacular high-rise building next to the Fòrum, the interior of which has a modern and elegant design.
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Blaumar
Salou / Costa Daurada
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Family tourism-oriented hotel located on the sea promenade in Salou, which offers large rooms with kitchen and dining room, as well as two swimming pools, spa, two restaurants and entertainment programmes.
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Cala Gogó
Calonge i Sant Antoni / Costa Brava
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Camping Cala GogO is a first class property located in Calonge. It has complete facilities and various types of accommodation, ideal for family holidays.
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Cala Llevadó
Tossa de Mar / Costa Brava
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Camping Cala Llevadó is situated in an area of steep slope between Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. There is access to four beaches where you can practice all kinds of sports or aquatic activities.
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Can Boix de Peramola
Peramola / Pyrenees
Can Boix hotel is in an eighteenth century property in the Segre Valley. It features a rustic restaurant, a large swimming pool and pleasant simplicity.
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Can Cuch Hotel****s
Cànoves i Samalús / Costa Barcelona
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The Hotel Can Cuch occupies a pre-10th century Catalan country house with eleven rooms full of luxury, magic and charm among forests of holly oak.
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Caprici Verd
Santa Susanna / Costa Barcelona
Superior four-star Hotel in Santa Susanna, with enviable facilities that include an outdoor heated pool, a gym and a buffet restaurant, among others.
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Caribe
Salou / Costa Daurada
One kilometre from the PortAventura theme park, the Caribe Resort covers a large area with low-rise buildings, landscaped gardens and bathing areas, especially focused on family tourism.
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Casa Leonardo
Senterada / Pyrenees
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Casa Leonardo hotel tradition dates back to the 1920s, when it provided lodging for the numerous carriers and vendors who travelled between La Conca de Tremp and Pallaresa mountain.
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Cava & Hotel Mas Tinell
Vilafranca del Penedès / Costa Barcelona
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A spectacular building in the Modernist style located in the heart of the Penedès, with shapes representing champagne bottles.
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Ciutat de Girona
Girona / Costa Brava
The Ciutat de Girona hotel is located near the old town, close to the façades that are reflected in the Onyar river. It offers rooms decorated tastefully and simply.
Where?Ex. Barcelona, Gelida
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AdagioAdagio
Adagio
Barcelona / Barcelona
Gourmet hotel located in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. It occupies a fully refurbished, five-storey modernist building to offer a high standard of service and equipment.
Alberg l'Espluga de Francolí Xanascat Alberg l'Espluga de Francolí Xanascat
Alberg l'Espluga de Francolí Xanascat
Espluga de Francolí, l' / Costa Daurada
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The Jaume I hostel from L’Espluga de Francolí is located in a building from the end of the 19th century. This well-equipped hostel is located at the foot of the Prades Mountains. Some of its highlights include its meteorological station and its close proximity to the Poblet monastery, which is only a kilometre away.
Alimara Barcelona HotelAlimara Barcelona Hotel
Alimara Barcelona Hotel
Barcelona / Barcelona
Hotel Alimara has been fully refurbished, and is located in the new Horta-Guinardò district.
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Allotjament Antiga
Calafell / Costa Daurada
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Located in the 18th-century colonial home of Cal Manganyes in Calafell, the hotel is completely renovated and features a rustic décor within a charming ensemble.
Barcelona PrincessBarcelona Princess
Barcelona Princess
Barcelona / Barcelona
Establishment located in the new tourist and business district of the city, the Diagonal Mar area, in a spectacular high-rise building next to the Fòrum, the interior of which has a modern and elegant design.
BlaumarBlaumar
Blaumar
Salou / Costa Daurada
StreetJoan Miarnau Ciurana4Salou43840
Family tourism-oriented hotel located on the sea promenade in Salou, which offers large rooms with kitchen and dining room, as well as two swimming pools, spa, two restaurants and entertainment programmes.
Cala GogóCala Gogó
Cala Gogó
Calonge i Sant Antoni / Costa Brava
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Camping Cala GogO is a first class property located in Calonge. It has complete facilities and various types of accommodation, ideal for family holidays.
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Cala Llevadó
Tossa de Mar / Costa Brava
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Camping Cala Llevadó is situated in an area of steep slope between Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. There is access to four beaches where you can practice all kinds of sports or aquatic activities.
Can Boix de PeramolaCan Boix de Peramola
Can Boix de Peramola
Peramola / Pyrenees
Can Boix hotel is in an eighteenth century property in the Segre Valley. It features a rustic restaurant, a large swimming pool and pleasant simplicity.
Can Cuch Hotel****sCan Cuch Hotel****s
Can Cuch Hotel****s
Cànoves i Samalús / Costa Barcelona
#Can Cuch de Muntanya35Cànoves i Samalús08445
The Hotel Can Cuch occupies a pre-10th century Catalan country house with eleven rooms full of luxury, magic and charm among forests of holly oak.
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Can Ràfols dels Caus
Avinyonet del Penedès / Costa Barcelona
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Can Ràfols dels Caus is a 450-hectare estate in the northern foothills of the Garraf massif. The manor house dates back to 1634. It was abandoned and had fallen into disuse when, in 1989, Carlos Esteva inherited it and installed a cellar for making wines to his taste, thereby recovering a family tradition that had brought the family prestige with the winning of various medals in 19th century expositions. The farmhouse was restored with great care. Esteva's passion for contemporary art gave it a very personal touch, contrasting the traditional architecture with modern decorative elements.
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Caprici Verd
Santa Susanna / Costa Barcelona
Superior four-star Hotel in Santa Susanna, with enviable facilities that include an outdoor heated pool, a gym and a buffet restaurant, among others.
CaribeCaribe
Caribe
Salou / Costa Daurada
One kilometre from the PortAventura theme park, the Caribe Resort covers a large area with low-rise buildings, landscaped gardens and bathing areas, especially focused on family tourism.
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Casa Leonardo
Senterada / Pyrenees
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Casa Leonardo hotel tradition dates back to the 1920s, when it provided lodging for the numerous carriers and vendors who travelled between La Conca de Tremp and Pallaresa mountain.
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Cava & Hotel Mas Tinell
Vilafranca del Penedès / Costa Barcelona
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A spectacular building in the Modernist style located in the heart of the Penedès, with shapes representing champagne bottles.