- Data reveals Copenhagen is the city to visit for an environmentally friendly trip, with its cycle-friendly zones and eco-friendly hotels
- New research by lastminute.com finds the cities with the highest cycle-friendly score and cleanest air quality
- See the sights in Rome on one of their 1434 walking tours or bike around Barcelona with 134 tours to choose from
Travel experts lastminute.com have released the latest data surrounding the top eco-tourism spots within Europe. The study looks at the most environmentally friendly cities based on activities, green spaces, transport options that reduce the damage caused to the environment compared to mass tourism.
Eco-friendly leisurely activities
The most common environmentally friendly activities include walking and cycling tours, while each city offers unique experiences for tourists looking to try something more adventurous, without the expense of polluting or harming the environment.
Rome offers the best variety of walking tours with 1434 options, including taking you through Ancient Rome and Colosseum or the Vatican Museums, followed by Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. If you travel to the nearby island, Sardinia, you will also have the opportunity to give back to the ecology in the area by volunteering at a dolphin conservation project.
If you’d prefer to explore a beautiful city by bike, head to Barcelona for a broad selection of bicycle tours with 123 on offer. Many are based in the Gothic Quarter, with knowledgeable tour guides who can inform you about Barcelona’s history and current culture. To wind down, set some time aside to visit the surrounding hills of Catalonia while volunteering at a farm rescue.
Improve the environment during your visit
An important part of eco-tourism is leaving the environment better than when you arrived, and these cities offer many opportunities to do so. Amsterdam offers a free canal tour and breakfast to those wanting to improve the aesthetic of the city by clearing rubbish from the waterway, while in Reykjavik you can take part in a hike and forest reseeding program to combat the damage caused by mass tourism.
There are also options for animal lovers, in Barcelona you can volunteer at a farm rescue center or in London, visit the woodland animal conservation Gunnersbury Triangle to help care for the rescued creatures.
Getting between locations can be eco-friendly too. Copenhagen ranked the most cycle-friendly followed by Amsterdam and Paris, but car-free sections can be found in all top 6 of the most eco-friendly tourist destinations. If you need to drive, try renting an electric car, these are the most popular choice in Amsterdam, followed by Reykjavik, and Stockholm.
Reduce transportation emissions
Travel via eurostar instead of flying
Research shows that taking the Eurostar rather than driving can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 165kg per km travelled. If you live close to Amsterdam, Paris, or London, taking the train will greatly reduce the number of harmful gases released into the atmosphere, reducing the effects on the environment and air quality.
See the full list of Eco-City Breaks and explore the unique ways you can give back to the environment to make your eco-friendly holiday different from any holiday you’ve been on before.