Foreword by the Catalan Tourist Office
The hinterland between the Pyrenees and the sea boasts numerous attractions, such as countless Romanesque churches and monasteries, Montseny, Montserrat and Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac natural parks, plus pedestrianised old towns featuring heritage sites and traditional products.
Over a third of Catalonia’s territory enjoys some degree of special protection, including 14 Natural Parks and one National Park, as well as marine and natural reserves, natural sites of national interest and natural protected areas. The region also boasts two International Biosphere Reserves and five CETS certified Natural Parks.
During the past few years Catalonia has been highly committed towards a responsible tourist model, and in 2015, it was labelled the world’s first Biosphere Responsible Tourism Destination as a territory beyond specific cities or destinations. This certification ensures visitors a sustainable experience while protecting the culture, improving the local economy and reducing the environmental footprint.
Greentraveller’s Guide to Catalonia provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the diversity of one of Europe’s premier destinations.