The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 – ranking which celebrates the efforts of destinations to run sustainable tourism initiatives. has included just one destination in France – Brittany.
Brittany, the region of western France that draws thousands of British holiday makers each summer thanks to its 2,700 kilometres of preserved coastline, was praised for “embracing sustainability principles as development philosophy” since 2006.
The study noted the region's work over the past decade to create a network of cycle paths of over 1,000 kilometres.
“The Brittany region also implemented several coastal heritage and historic town preservation programs, together with two established regional parks and the first marine-based national park in France (Iroise Marine Park in Finistère),” the study noted.
Great landscape for a beautiful hike in Nevez (Finistère). Photo: Guy Le Page/Flickr
“Brittany is committed to improve the quality of water in its rivers and to develop renewable energy sources.”
Other destinations to make the top 100 included the Grand Canyon, the Kingdom of Bhutan, and Chumbe island off the coast of the island of Zanzibar.
Across the Channel, four destinations made the top 100: Scotland's Comrie, in the southern Highlands, Northern Ireland's County Down and Lough Neagh, and The Broads National Park in Norfolk, east Hi
Nominated entries need to pass 15 points of criteria that include everything from having a sustainability coordinator to having cultural heritage conservation.
Lighthouse of Ploumanach. Photo: Vincent Lammin/Flickr