Europe

| Green Travel News | Each year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. “Travel has become the world’s largest industry, exceeding a trillion-dollar annual footprint,” notes […]

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| How to Go Eco | Perhaps most famous as Western civilization’s birthplace of democracy, philosophy, literature and science, Greece is one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich countries. Today, though, most travelers come to its shores for more hedonistic reasons—to feast on fresh seafood, relax on an idyllic island, swim in the turquoise water or just […]

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| Green Travel News | Eight of ten U.S. travelers are interested in green travel, but only two out of those ten made deliberate eco-friendly travel choices in the past year. So what’s the hangup? Why didn’t the other “interested” travelers go green? “They just didn’t have the information to do it,” concluded Jenny Rushmore, […]

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| Green Certified in the Zagori | Pindus Mountains, northwest Greece. The village, Mikro Papigo, is one of 48 picturesque and ancient settlements arrayed like an amphitheater in the Zagori region. It’s dark when I arrive, past 9 p.m. I know the village is car free, by necessity. Its narrow, cobblestoned lanes were designed for donkey transport. […]

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| Macedonian Green Elegance | It’s in the shadow of Mount Olympus, home to the ancient Greek gods and highest mountain in Greece. Nearby is the traditional village of Agios Dimitrios, population maybe a thousand and surrounded by farm and forest. This is Macedonia, on the western Greek mainland. The hotel is called Ktima Bellou, which means “land of the Bellou family,” […]

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| Quiet, Beautiful, Green | The drive is gorgeous, and after a week on dry and treeless Greek islands, what a relief to see green forests and flowing water. My destination is the Eleonas Agrotouristic Hotel in the town of Rovies; it’s on the island of Evia (also known as Euboea), two and a half hours […]

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| Another Reason To Visit | Add this to your reasons for going to Santorini, one of the most spectacular island destinations in Greece: supporting local organic farming. Of course, like most tourists, I have come because this is also one of the most famous landscapes in the world. The island (known historically as Thera) is an […]

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| Green On A Dry Island | Mykonos. Celebrated island resort of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Famous for its beaches, clear turquoise water, raucous night life, and picture perfect, white-washed buildings with colorful doors—blue, red, green, occasionally yellow. Mykonos is sometimes called the Venice of Greece (because of its rows of fishing houses, […]

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| An Introduction | I meet Aphrodite on the west side of Mt.Olympus. She comes to greet me when I arrive at her family’s hotel. She is as beautiful as her name implies—dark eyes, graceful body, long black hair, pale skin—and she is very smart. It is she who helps me understand the realities of […]

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| Skiing In Green & White | Europe. In many parts of this vast and varied continent, winter is a great time to visit—especially if you love snow and mountains and the many ways we’ve devised to play in them. So where are the hottest (or should that be coolest?) winter sports destinations with an eco-friendly vibe? Each of […]

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