Looking for eco-friendly places to stay (hotels, hostels, resorts) and things to do (nature tours, activities, sightseeing) in city travel destinations around the world? Green city travel destinations covered so far:
Auckland, New Zealand
A favourite ecotourism destination to many, New Zealand has been very vocal in branding itself as 100% Pure and clean, green. As an overseas traveller, chances are you will be landing in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and economic hub, and in need of some relaxation to overcome your jet lag. Info and eviews of things to do and places to stay in Auckland, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
The “coolest little capital in the world”, Wellington has all it takes for a great city travel destination. Once said to be best seen by leaving on the ferry, New Zealand’s capital has long blossomed into a charismatic, world-class city dubbed the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet Best in Travel. Wellington’s compact nature makes the city easy to navigate by foot, and a fantastic public transport system is available for those wanting to venture further afield. Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Wellington, New Zealand
To many, Melbourne is Australia’s most European city and it certainly knows how to charm visitors with abundant cafés and restaurants, a refreshing mix of Asian and European styles and tastes. Melbourne is also regarded a cultural capital and there are many thing going on all year round. Our stay in February 2013 coincided with the White Night, 24 hours of activities, concerts, free museum entries throughout the night – magical! Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Melbourne, Australia
There is no place in the world like the magnificent harbour city of Sydney, Australia. Great natural beauty, a warm and sunny climate and its international air make Sydney one of the world’s most pleasant cities to visit. Situated in the south-east of the ‘red continent’ this city is not only Australia’s largest but also one with a seductive laid-back outdoor lifestyle and famous for its friendly and energetic people. Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Sydney, Australia
Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)
Ever since it staged the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona has been a tourism hot-spot for travellers from all over Europe and beyond. Among the most visited city travel destinations in Europe, Barcelona is world-famous for its architecture – especially La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi – its excellent food and Mediterranean lifestyle. Less known, perhaps, the city of Barcelona is actively promoting sustainable tourism, eager to establish itself as an urban ecotourism destination. Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)
An all-time favourite for city trips and weekend escapes within Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark, is also a green capital par excellence – and not just because of its vibrant urban cycling culture. The city is very walkable and has an efficient metro system. The best way, apart from strolling through Copenhagen’s very pedestrian-friendly city center, is to hop on one of the canal boat tours. These let you enjoy the main sights from the water. Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Copenhagen, Denmark
Especially during the warm summer months, city trips to Scandinavia are a real treat. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern, growing city with quite a bit on offer to the environmentally conscious, discerning traveller. Most of the attractions of Helsinki, such as the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, or the Cathedral, are easily reachable by foot. The city is also famous for its design district and of course its port with frequent ferry connections to Tallinn in Estonia and Stockholm, Sweden, among other. Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Helsinki, Finland
For instance, the introduction of a low emission zone in Frankfurt am Main and lorry bans to combat fine particulate matter in the inner city, in addition to the promotion of cycling as a mode of transport, all constitute measures undertaken to enhance the air quality in Frankfurt, and thus make a sustainable contribution to enhancing the quality of life in the city. Info and review of things to do and places to stay in Frankfurt, Germany
Singapore is booming. Its strategic location, business friendly environment and political stability have led to the impressive development of a formerly third world city to one of the most modern and aspiring metropoles worldwide. Awareness for the need of environmental best practice and sustainability is increasing in Singapore. Some of the most impressive buildings, such as the Marina Bay Sands hotel, have been very successful in implementing sustainability measures.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is perhaps the last place to expect environmental awareness or sustainability. Yet, with no oil of its own, the emirate is slowly changing its strategic positioning, eager to become one of the top tourist destinations. Luxury plays an important role, and the luxury sector is where sustainability has already found implementation.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tango, of course is what Buenos Aires is known for around the world, and the dance flourishes in emblematic neighborhoods such as San Telmo and Almagro. Showcases and dance halls (“milongas”) entice you to participate and learn your first tango steps by watching old “tangueros” (people who dance tango as a passion).
But Buenos Aires has also plenty of green areas, such as the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), well-known for its groves, lakes, and rose gardens. Next to the new and trendy Puerto Madero neighborhood and only a few steps from downtown area lies the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, a great place for walking and cycling close to the Rio de la Plata (Plata River). Info and reviews of things to do and places to stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina