Barcelona, Spain- with its rich artistic culture, flavorful foods, and divinely-inspired architecture- has been plagued by over tourism in recent years. Many blame tech-savvy apps like Airbnb, Uber, Instagram and Facebook as the primary culprits of the situation. Cities like Barcelona appreciate a sustainable level of tourism; it contributes greatly to the local economy, but too much irresponsible tourism can ruin it for both travelers and locals.
Fortunately, Barcelona has ecotourism options for travelers concerned about lessening the carbon footprint on the environment. LivItaly tours offers Barcelona trips in intimate groups of 6 or less, integrating positive cultural experiences with sustainable tourism. LivItaly’s Barcelona tours allow travelers to enter the world-renowned Catholic Basilica – the Sagrada Familia. With LivItaly, travelers will be immersed in the splendor of the cathedral’s exquisite architectural beauty, taking in its use of color and stained-glass lighting effects. These tours are designed to allow travelers to take in the beauty without the huge groups customary of other touring companies. Other priceless experiences with LivItaly include spectacular Flamenco dance performances with tapas, a tour option in small groups, with a maximum of six.
LivItaly’s small groups eliminate the need for a large gas-guzzling tour bus which would release excess pollution into the environment. Our evening bike tours throughout Barcelona are also an eco-friendly way to tour the city without releasing harmful CO2 into the area. To further the sustainable tourism agenda, LivItaly’s expert guides also avoid “tourist-trap” restaurants in Barcelona and aim to seek out healthier, more authentic dining options. While indulging on the Spanish cuisine, travelers will have the opportunity to fully embrace the culture and simultaneously give back to the local economy. Responsible tourism has already sparked an interest among travelers and is forecasted to become one of the most popular trends in tourism. The idea has developed a rapidly growing interest, especially among millennial tourists. LivItaly increasingly finds solutions to maximize the benefits and reduce the negative effects caused by over tourism. Sustainable tourism in Barcelona has already helped to create awareness about the need to preserve local Barcelona and to give back to the locals. LivItaly’s eco policy for tourism lessens the carbon footprint on the environment.
We invite you to consider eco-friendly travel during your future trips to Europe. Help preserve the culture of these remarkable monuments by respecting the local culture and spreading the word about sustainable travel. Traveling with purpose and respect for the environment leads to much more meaningful excursions.