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Ecotourism on the Adriatic Coast

Ecotourism has come a long way in the last 20 years – once regarded as irrelevant, it is now one of the most important factors people give when choosing a holiday or a trip. The effect of international travel, especially air travel, has been well documented and is now taken very seriously right across Europe. In addition each country has taken steps to ensure its outstanding areas of natural beauty remain so, with restrictions on numbers of visitors and areas which can be explored.

You want to experience typical tasty, healthy, seasonal regional food, stay in family-run traditional or innovative accommodation in Europe, travel in an environmentally-friendly and socially responsible way - and pay fair prices to enjoy an exceptional travel experience?

That’s what Sustainable Tourism is all about. Many environmental measures in hotels, bed & breakfast establishments or camping sites take place behind the scenes: for example, water conservation, energy-saving light bulbs, environmentally-friendly cleaning materials as well as recycling.

Other measures in the destinations actively involve you as a visitor to the city or countryside, the coastal or mountain destination: visitors’ tickets for public transport, information about the local environment, environmentally-friendly leisure activities and typical regional dishes made from local produce give you the choice.

If you want to experience Europe at its best, to help make your contribution towards sustainable development at your holiday destination, and to come back home with a smile – here are some suggestions:

Get in the know:

Do some research beforehand to give you a better overview of the richness and diversity of sustainable tourism product in your country of interest before you start: special sites on the Internet and travel magazines can help inform you about the various offers from tour operators, accommodation businesses, destinations, attractions as well as activities in summer and winter.

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The most effective way to fully protect nature and conserve it is through planned protection measures organised at state level. The amount of Italian territory is 10%. Environmental protection laws have allowed many nature parks and reserves the openings of which are used solely for developing nature in all forms. In the Italian parks and nature reserves, therefore, not only are the animals untouchable but also the plants, minerals and water supplies.

Italy has 21 National Parks, 99 Regional Parks, 332 Regional Reserves, 145 State Reserves, 47 Marsh reserves and 17 Marine Reserves, which are protected zones managed either by the State in some form - Regional Councils, Provincial Councils and Municipalities - or by the environmental and protection associations such as Italia Nostra, WWF, Lega Ambiente, Greenpeace, LIPU, Touring Club, etc.

Slovenia surprises visitors at every step with its natural sites. In this tiny piece of Europe, the picturesque features of the Alpine, Mediterranean, Karst, and Pannonian worlds are combined. At the contact point of such naturally diverse regions, nature shows a hundred attractive faces.

In Montenegro the Ecotours Company offers very popular and attractive cruises on Lake Skadar.

Plavnica, which has always been a popular place for outings for people from Podgorica, is the starting point for this adventure. It has been remodelled and modernised into a luxury tourist complex offering excellent restaurant service. Plavnica used to be one of the most important ports for steam-boats.

Cruising on Lake Skadar is a special experience. The breathtaking scenery of this region and numerous islands with historical remains will awaken your imagination and take you back to olden times and the rich and turbulent history that this region has gone through. Beautiful, isolated beaches will set you at peace and you will wish to stay there for good. Going swimming is part of this adventure.

If you wish to celebrate your birthday, wedding or any other important event, or simply want to have a party, come and experience it for yourself as it is impossible to describe in words how exciting it is.

Besides the Holiday Centre, San Marino has 5 other areas equipped to service campers: Camping Service Serravalle, an area equipped for discharging wastes and taking on drinking water, this facility is located next to the Olympic Stadium parking lot. Campers can stop in the parking lot.

Fully equipped campsite in Borgo Maggiore. At the Baldasserona parking lot with pedestrian access to the Borgo-San Marino cableway.

Fully equipped campsite in Cà Martino - located at the parking lot on the Cà Martino level of the road to Gualdicciolo. A sewage discharge well, drinking water and bathrooms are available.

If the Republic of San Marino can’t claim a national park, on the other hand it has a magnificent attribute: Mount Titano, which benefits from a surprising micro-climate that supports only a small amount of vegetation. The discovery of fossilized whale bones attests to the movement of the earth over the centuries from the sea coast to the interior. 

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