Sustainable Breaks 2020
Posted on 19th February 2020 at 11:39
With “Be more sustainable” sitting at the top of a lot of peoples New Year resolutions we’ve put together a list of our top 5 FAVOURITE sustainable trips for 2020! There’s something for everyone from Forest Glamping in Slovenia to a Belgian Beer and Bike Tour!
Forest Glamping in Slovenia!
A sleek new resort in the Slovenian Hills, Forest Glamping resort Blaguš features 16 high-spec curvy cabins made from glass and timber, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out towards Lake Blaguš, a peaceful spot for wild swimming. This north-eastern Alpine part of the country, near Maribor, is known for hiking and wine, while at the glampsite, tree-hugging and climbing, mountain biking and campfires are the order of the day. There’s also a forest library and, as if the retreat wasn’t fairytale enough, the owner is also a shoemaker, welcoming guests to become elves-in-training by joining one of his shoemaking workshops. Train to Maribor via Vienna from London St Pancras on Eurostar.
Eco Beach House in Sicily
Just a short potter past the potted cacti in the garden of the new Eco Casa Penna, you will see warm turquoise waves lap the rocks beside the sandy beach of Sampieri. In the evening, it’s a short walk to the seafront town of Marina di Modicafor dinner – or cook something up from the market and dine on the large, covered deck of the house. The property uses solar power for the electrics that are deemed essential, but there is no aircon, dishwasher, washing machine or microwave – and a set amount of water is included, to discourage waste. To reach Sicily by train takes 29 hours, travelling by Eurostar to Paris, then Rome, then by ferry to Palermo for a connection to Siracus.
Belgian Beer by bicycle
The Belgians have been getting beer right since the middle ages. Tasting the country’s finest and most flavoursome brews is the focus of a potentially wobbly new tour on wheels from UTracks. The self-guided cycling holiday takes in some of Belgium’s coolest cities and towns, starting from Genk, then following quiet roads to Bocholt, home to a large brewery museum. More beery pit stops include Postel Abbey, where monks have brewed beer since 1611, a Trappist abbey, and the cafes and shops of the design-savvy city of Antwerp. University town Leuven and untouristy Diest, on the banks of the River Demer, finish the route. Six days’ moderately difficult cycling covers 231 miles along rural roads, forest and farm tracks, and in cities.
A stroll along the Lycian coast with Nomads
In Turkey, the nomadic Yörük people have kept much of their ancient tradition and culture alive, and their name means “to walk”. Many live in the south, among the western Taurus mountains near the Lycian coast, keeping large flocks of sheep and goats. On a new walking tour, travellers join them on their annual migration from the high summer pastures to winter grazing lands near the sea, seeing how they work, dining with them, and in the evenings listening to melancholic songs played on the saz (similar to a lute). There’s time, too, for the historic sites of Patara, Xanthos and the sunken city of Kekova.
Make Waves in Ibiza
A few sailing companies are offering solar-powered charter yachts for holidaymakers, including Ibiza’s La Bella Verde, self-billed “pioneer of the green boating movement”, which rents vessels for 2-35 people for day trips and has won awards for its innovative boat design. It has been running sailing trips to Formentera out of Salinas, in a national park, for six years. For 2020 it is adding departures from San Antonio, to enjoy the west-coast beaches of Cala Bassa, Cala Comte, and Cala Tarida with sunset enjoyed by Cafe Mambo. It will also add voyages from Santa Eulalia to Cala Nova and Cala Llenya, or to Tagomago – a private island in the north with a chiringuitobeach cafe. The yacht used has cabins, so there’s the potential of a longer trip of a few nights. This year, the company created the first emission-free Plastic Ocean Cleanup catamaran, which collects plastic from the sea in a net. This is now operated by the iBi Foundation, but holidaymakers can join for free, spotting dolphins and cleaning the sea. Ibiza and Formentera aim to be single-use plastic free by 2023. For next year Bella Verde is building a boat from 100% recyclable and sustainable materials, to address the problem of many boats ending up in landfill, releasing toxic chemicals as they degrade. Bella Verde launches in Sydney, too, in 2020
For more sustainable travel ideas head to https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/26/20-best-sustainable-holidays-europe-2020-green-getaways
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