Tourism that is committed to its roots: a vision from the local area

Some initiatives are committed to adding value to the territory by creating a sustainable tourism offer and local wealth.  


Within the pillars of Spain’s Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2030, the promotion of territorial development is presented as a fundamental pillar. Tourism must be a lever for sustainable growth of the environment, contributing to stop depopulation, promote heritage and, thus, improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.


Arqueixal is a good example of a project that is committed to the transformation and enhancement of its region, a work that has been carried out for more than 30 years in Palas de Rei. In this ecological rural farm they went from being exclusively dedicated to dairy production to conceiving a global experience that embodies love for the land. From the rehabilitation of a group of depopulated houses following the guidelines of bio-construction, their complex offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and take part in the day-to-day life of the village.


A commitment to the territory through sustainable tourism is also beginning to be imposed in popular areas, with the aim of channelling their offer towards business models that minimise the impact of tourism in their areas. Cases such as the Hotel Spa Bosque Mar, holder of the Sustainable Tourism Talent Seal and with a strong commitment to the use of renewable energies, or the Trisquel Apartments. Both make sustainable and quality tourism possible in an area as sought after by the summer traveller as the Comarca do Salnés.


From Serra de Outes, various initiatives that are committed to tourism of disconnection in nature are promoting this region by creating unique spaces of great architectural quality, ecological and respectful with the landscape. This is the case of the Cabañitas de Outes, pioneering accommodation in Galicia located in trees. These unique lodgings received the 2020 Architecture Award for their perfect balance between construction and natural habitat, as set out in the objectives of the “Agenda 2030”.


Local and sustainable growth through tourism. In all these examples of projects in Galicia it is more than evident that a more sustainable path is possible.