Spain accommodation for walkers, Costa Blanca

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Responsible tourism: Spain accommodation for walkers, Costa Blanca

Environment

Everything that is possible to recycle we do recycle, glass, plastic, tins, tetra packs, paper and card are all recycled. We provide clear information to our guests on how to do this.

The main source of heating is biomass fuel - wood pellet stoves which we had installed and is maintained by the local supplier. We have had the houses checked and certified for energy efficiency. This is something we will be investing more in. We run a paper free office no brochures or printed matter. Toilets are fitted with reduce flush systems, and we encourage use of showers rather than baths. We have recently changed all lights to LED bulbs to reduce electricity consumption. We have looked into solar panels but being in a central location in the village this is not a realistic option. Wherever possible we use fair trade products.

We have designed our holidays to make use of public transport for airport collection and drop off, so we only have to make a short journey to collect our guests.

Community

We employ local tradespeople and our housekeeper lives in the village who would otherwise not have any employment.

We don't have a swimming pool but in warmer weather we make use of the local community swimming pools.

Our visitors often interact with the locals in the village, we encourage visitors to buy produce from the local shops and mobile shops (which do struggle to keep going).

Our house is the only rental house in the village and our visitors use the local bars and restaurants, it makes a big difference.

We are continually improving the footpaths in the area and provide free information to encourage people to visit the village and the aim is to increase employment through tourism in the village. It has an ageing population and investment through tourism is now being seen by the local council as increasingly important. We are working with @visitabdet to develop a strategy.

We have also arranged to sell local organic products such as olive oil, honey and almonds.

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