Travelling sustainably by supporting local businesses

‘Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting somewhere as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy’.

When we think of how to travel sustainably, the focus is often on the more obvious eco-friendly measures, such as reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by not travelling via plane. However it is also important to consider how we can make our travel sustainable for the community that lives in the area we visit. A great (and fun!) way of doing this is by supporting local businesses. It wasn’t hard to find some great examples in Barcelona…

Eating out

Try to stick to local spots instead of restaurant chains. This doesn’t have to be expensive! The beauty of eating out in Barcelona is the wealth of traditional restaurants that serve local, fresh and reasonably prices dishes.



Some of our favourites include:
Restaurant Montolio Can Maño, Carrer del Baluard, 12, 08003 Barcelona. Serving up plates loaded with fresh fish, cooked and seasoned to perfection – what more can you ask for?!
El Xampanyet, Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona. It doesn’t get more Spanish than this…
La Pepita, Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona. A slightly more refined, modern take on traditional tapas dishes with bold flavours and a great atmosphere.


Instead of spending an afternoon traipsing round another Zara, why not check out some of the local boutiques scattered around the city? There’s a great little area in El Born full of winding alleyways, fairy lights and unique shops. Not only is this more sustainable but it’s actually a super pleasant experience!