Do you want to travel south to sunny Spain and then find the best possible summer destination and still keep a low carbon emissions balance?
Here you will find some useful information and tips on how to do it.
Planes are faster and cheaper, but a flight trip Copenhagen – Barcelona – Copenhagen costs 1020 Kg Co2, while the same trip by train costs only 149,2 Kg Co2 1.
Are you wondering what 1020 Kg Co2 are equivalent to? Check: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html
How to travel by train to Barcelona from Copenhagen (return)
You can start booking the train for Copenhagen – Paris through http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DNK/da/index.shtml, it includes the City Night Line train which offers the chance to book “a bed” (private or shared for singles or families, with or without breakfast).
Next, it’s possible to book the Paris – Barcelona leg of the trip through www.elipsos.com the elipsos trains are hotel-trains that offer different services on board depending on the class you chose to travel in.
The Copenhagen – Barcelona train trip takes around 26 hrs. So, check 10:10 tips for a happy train trip http://www.1010global.org/uk/travel-month-ten-top-train-travel-tips
How to travel by train within Spain from Barcelona
Barcelona’s Sants train station provides the best options for travelling within the country because you can chose between: fast trains that run long distances (during day or night time), medium distance trains and close distance trains. From Barcelona you can book a train ticket to almost anywhere in Spain.
To book tickets visit: http://www.renfe.com/ available in 7 languages.
Climate friendly destinations in Spain
To drop your carbon emissions even more (avoiding hotels) book a place to stay through: https://www.airbnb.dk/. You will be also droping your accomodation expenses quite a bit!
Our contact in Spain recommends a one-day-tour to Delta del Ebre a beautiful and endangered protected area near Barcelona, for more information on how to visit go to http://www.turismedeltebre.com/uk/deltebre.html.
Tour Barcelona: Lady Adventurer travel magazine and 10:10 member has a low carbon suggestion which features: beaches, Gaudi, bikes, eating local and organic! http://www.ladyadventurer.co.uk/page/1/Bicycles+beaches+and+Gaudis+House+of+Bones+-+Barcelona+Spain/188
More destinations options in Spain can be found through http://www.responsibletravel.com/ a site that searches only among social and environmentally friendly destinations, they have a clear low carbon policy.
Eating low carbon
The best way to eat low carbon and healthy is to go for the local produce, in Barcelona you can find good, fresh, healthy options at local markets such us the Boquería market http://www.boqueria.info/, here you can also experience spanish culture at it's best without any queues or prepared performances!
Go to Spain, keep it low-carbon, low-expenses and share your experience!