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Greece and its sustainable food
Tribute to Lonely Planet:
Best In Travel 2021 winners

✍️ The truth is that Lonely Planet often makes tributes to many travel destinations worldwide, either as suggestions of its editorial team or based on suggestions from its readers.

◉ Many times, in these travel tributes, our Greece stands out.
However, we must say that some of them are created because they are based on sponsorships from their sponsors.
But to often mention Greece as an ideal tourist destination without any sponsorship, just for its value, is expected and completely understandable due to its natural wealth, its many beautiful islands, its food quality, its hospitality and of course its people.

So below we will see Greece standing out once again, for its gastronomic legacy and especially for its ability - through it - to remain a green sustainable tourist destination.

Lonely Planet


«As our world came to a full stop this year, we looked in the mirror to reflect on how we can best empower our readers to travel responsibly and become agents of positive change.
And we realized that to reimagine travel post-2020, we needed to reinvent ourselves first, so we updated our editorial practices to highlight more local and diverse voices.
We also decided to make this year’s Best in Travel different by recognizing places and people demonstrating a genuine commitment to sustainability, community and diversity.
And that’s only the beginning.
We salute all the winners!»


This was stated by Luis Cabrera, President and CEO of Lonely Planet - on the occasion of Best in Travel 2021 tribute.

For Greece he stated:

6. Greece the sustainable food destination:

According to the Lonely’s Planet tribute Greece may not be known worldwide for implementing formal initiatives surrounding sustainable practices, but informally, Greeks have been green for centuries.

The age-old habit of growing vegetables, harvesting olives and preparing silky oil, and cooking up a storm with tomatoes, fresh fish and wild greens is the norm for most folk whether they live on an island or the mainland.

If a village doesn’t whip up a unique dish using a wild herb or vegetable prolific to their area, you can be sure they’ll have their own take on a more traditional, national dish.

But nothing is more genuine than the massive serving of filoxenia (hospitality) extended to anyone and everyone; it’s a way of life for the Greeks.

It’s embedded in their DNA, and throughout the country, generous and passionate locals share their knowledge with travelers, coupling fantastic fresh cooking with back-to-nature activities such as trekking through diverse landscapes.

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In the tribute Best in Travel 2021 of Lonely Planet - except Greece - also stood out:

1. The traveler and storyteller Narrator Soraya Abdel-Hadi, which after completing a whole year without traveling by plane, tries to make every traveler responsible for its footprint on earth with each trip he makes but also to discover and show to many people who are restricted due to Covid lockdown, new paths that will connect them with nature and the joys of life.

2. Le Vie di Dante, an enjoyable journey on medieval paths that stretches from the poet's tomb in Ravenna, Italy, to his birthplace in Florence.

Le Vie di Dante are bookended by two stupendously cultured cities:
the Byzantine mosaic-encrusted marvel that is Ravenna, where Dante came in exile, completed his Divine Comedy and where his tomb now stands.

And the Renaissance dream that is Florence, where the Museo Casa di Dante immortalizes the poet at his birthplace.

Between the two, lyrical landscapes unfold:
Brisighella, with its aerie-like fortress, say, and San Benedetto in Alpe’s Acquacheta waterfall, which Dante described as “a single leap fed perhaps by a thousand torrents.”

The showpiece of Le Vie di Dante is Il Cammino di Dante (Dante’s Walk), an epic 245-mile (395km).

3. The Sustainable Wildlife Program:

A conservation program in Rwanda has helped to save the critically endangered wild mountain gorilla and forged a new blueprint for sustainable wildlife preservation in the process.

4. Antigua and Barbuda islands:

Devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the entrancing twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda have since taken great strides to promote sustainability throughout the country.

They’ve banned plastic bags and polystyrene products and established the “Green Corridor” – a collection of environmentally friendly hotels, resorts and businesses stretching along the southwest coast of Antigua to the village of John Hughes.

Standing on the front line of the impact of climate change, Caribbean countries Antigua and Barbuda have made going green a priority.

5. The Rocky Mountaineer train:

To conserve the splendor of the rugged Canadian Rockies, the Rocky Mountaineer train has taken steps to reduce its carbon emissions, increase on-board recycling and partner with organizations to protect the local wildlife. As the train climbs into the mountains, the scenery becomes nothing short of world-class.

6. Cycling trails in the mountains of Virginia

7. The luxurious low-impact Grootberg Lodge located on the beautiful Etendeka Plateau in remote Namibia is helping to preserve lion and black rhino populations through community empowerment.

8. 8. Palau islands:

Palau has spent the last decade installing protective measures that will ensure its rich biodiversity, endemic wildlife and unique cultural heritage all survive for future generations.

In 2009, it created the world’s first shark sanctuary, which designated 80% of its maritime territory as a marine preserve, and it was the first country to ban reef-toxic sunscreen.

9. The green city of Gothenburg, Sweden

With aspirations of being fossil-independent by 2030, the green shoots of sustainability are already starting to show in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city.
Gothenburg deserves high praise for perennially topping the Global Destination Sustainability Index with 95% of its hotels green certified, 97% of its public transport running on renewable energy and ecolabels flaunted like major awards at city restaurants.

Also Gothenburg prides itself on sustainable brands like Nudie Jeans, whose pants come with the promise of free repairs for life.

Another slow-fashion shop, Thrive, only stocks brands that offer living wages to workers, use toxic-free materials and, well, make super stylish clothes.

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