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Greentraveller launches eco guide to Tenerife

Posted by Richard Hammond at 02:30 on Tuesday 13 September 2011

At 2,152 metres above sea level, the Parador hotel is the only accommodation in the Teide National Park.At 2,152 metres above sea level, the Parador hotel is the only accommodation in the Teide National Park.New and Exclusive Sustainable Tourism Destination Guide

Today we are launching our online guide to eco-friendly tourism in Tenerife.

Our Guide to Green Holidays in Tenerife provides practical advice, video, interviews, and in-depth information on how travellers can make the most of the island in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive effect on biodiversity conservation and on the local economy.

Included in this exclusive online guide are over 100 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to do on the island, from the capital Santa Cruz to the mountainous Teide National Park and the lush Orotava Valley in the north.

Working in collaboration with Tenerife Tourism Corporation, greentraveller’s team of travel writers has picked out some of the best green places to stay, from locally run hotels to self-catering villas and apartments, and innovative places to find traditional Canarian food and drink, including local restaurants, bustling markets and world-class wineries. It also features a range of activities, including visiting salt-water pools, guided hikes, canoeing, scuba diving, whale-watching and other family holidays.

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of greentraveller.co.uk, said:

“Tenerife may not be the first place you may think of as a sustainable destination, but if you know where to look there are some wonderful green gems on the island.

"We’ve produced what is really a guide to the ‘Alternative Tenerife’ – showcasing the spectacular diversity of flora and fauna, and illustrating how easy it is to find areas of great natural beauty far from the crowded resorts.

By selecting only the best eco-friendly and locally run places on the island, we’ve already done the hard work for holidaymakers, who can choose from a wonderful range of quality places to stay, eat and visit that really make a difference to the island economy.

"This guide to Tenerife is the latest of our online sustainable destination guides that reflect our focus on green and gorgeous destinations, and we hope that they will be a useful port of call for holidaymakers looking for that special local touch while on holiday in Europe."

Carlos Alonso, Tenerife’s tourism minister, said:

"We’re delighted to have worked with greentraveller.co.uk to launch this groundbreaking guide to sustainable tourism in Tenerife.

"It is a real acknowledgement of our efforts over the past 20 years to preserve and maintain the wonderful diversity of flora and fauna as well as our gastronomy and wine.

"We believe our island is a very special place and we are committed to developing sustainable tourism for future generations to enjoy what we have here."

See also: 

>> Q&A between Richard Hammond and Ricardo Melchior, President of Tenerife

>> Rhiannon Batten's article on The Alternative Tenerife

Also featured in our Guide to Sustainable Tourism in Tenerife:

>> Where to stay in Tenerife: From traditionally rural houses and rural hotels to the latest eco accommodations, browse our selection of fantastic green places to stay in Tenerife.

>> Where to eat and drink in Tenerife: Canarian restaurants, bustling markets, quaint cafes and world-class wineries - the island is a true haven for food and drink lovers.

>> Visitor Attractions and Family Day Out in Tenerife: From the magnificent Teide National Park to the innovative Tenerife Arts Space (TEA), Tenerife is bursting with parks, museums and cultural spaces.

>> Activities in Tenerife: From hiking around Europe's most dramatic landscapes to whale and dolphin watching - Tenerife is a natural playground.

>> Festivals and Events in Tenerife: From the deeply religious Festival of the Three Wise Men to the colourful artworks, dancing and music of the Tenerife carnival.

>> See how to reach the Canary Islands overland via an epic 3-day journey):
How to travel overland from the UK to Tenerife

By Richard Hammond.

Tenerife's revolutionary bioclimatic homes are featured in Rhiannon Batten's guide to the 'Alternative Tenerife'. Photo Rhiannon BattenTenerife's revolutionary bioclimatic homes are featured in Rhiannon Batten's guide to the 'Alternative Tenerife'. Photo Rhiannon Batten

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