What is Slow Travel?

Slow Travel is more than a state of mind: it is a way of seeing the world. Slow travel means taking the time to seek beyond the tourist attractions, to yearn for a fully immersive experience that reveals the true nature of the destination, and to engage with local life on all levels. In short, it is to become a part of the place itself, and to relish each moment of experiencing a life outside of your own.

Our Slow Travel Ethos

We personally test each experience and accept it only when following these 4 guidelines.

Each experience must:

1. BE LED BY PASSIONATE LOCALS

We carefully select only the most interesting and inspiring locals to share their knowledge and experiences with you. They are more than just run-of-the-mill guides — they are passionate locals that love what they do and can’t wait to invite you into their worlds.

2. EMPOWER THE LOCAL ECONOMY

The businesses involved in our tours will always be independent, local and family run. We want to encourage travellers to support small business and help keep those vibrant communities alive!

3. FEATURE UNIQUE, NON-TOURISTY PLACES

Featured locations will always be hand-picked, unique, and off the beaten path in order to avoid the oversaturation of tourism. Travellers will gain a more unique perspective of Barcelona, and the local communities won’t suffer the effects of mass tourism.

4. PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

Our aim is to reduce our carbon footprint to the lowest point possible. To do this, we only accept experiences that promote sustainable transportation whenever possible.

Look for the icons!

In addition, we encourage our guides to adopt more sustainable practices into their tours. To do so, we award them with eco-friendly icons which will be highlighted in orange or green when they comply the sustainability requirements specified below. Further details will be offered in each experience’s sustainability tab.

1ST STEPS TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable icon I Barcelona Slow Travel

SUSTAINABLE

TRANSPORT

Sustainable transport is offered, but a better option could be used

Local food icon I Barcelona Slow Travel

FARM

TO TABLE

Most of the food and drinks are local, seasonal and traditional

Organic icon I Barcelona Slow Travel

ORGANIC

PRODUCTS

Some of the products offered are organic

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REDUCE / REUSE /

RECYCLE

Basic practices of reducing, reusing and recycling are taken

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EXTRA

EFFORTS

At least 1 extra step to be more eco-friendly is taken

FURTHER STEPS TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable transport logo I Barcelona Slow Travel

SUSTAINABLE

TRANSPORT

The best possible sustainable transport is offered for the whole tour

Local food logo I Barcelona Slow Travel

FARM

TO TABLE

Most of the food and drinks are sourced straight from small local producers

Organic logo I Barcelona Slow Travel

ORGANIC

PRODUCTS

Most of the products offered are organic

Homemade logo I Barcelona Slow Travel

REDUCE / REUSE /

RECYCLE

There is a strong focus on reaching zero waste during the activity

Environmentally practices logo I Barcelona Slow Travel

EXTRA

EFFORTS

At least 3 extra steps to be more eco-friendly are taken

Try our slow travel experiences

And start discovering the essence of Barcelona and Catalonia with passionate locals now!