Sustainable destination Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit is situated in Baix Empordà-Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain. The Costa Brava was one of the first mass tourism destinations in the Mediterranean but luckily, Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit successfully achieved to apply policies designed to combine responsible travel activities with the preservation of the environment, in perfect harmony with continuing economic development. Emphasis has been placed on its distinctiveness that comes from its magnificent landscape, from its heritage and from its arts and culture scene which has been active and lively for many years.
It also features a cultural and historical heritage that shows the human and historical development of the area. The most outstanding monument is Montgrí Castle, built between 1294 and 1301 as a demonstration of the power of King James II of Aragon over the Counts of Empúries.
The municipality and its tourism department are firmly committed to sustainability in all its aspects: environmental friendly development of tourism, land planning, mobility, energy saving, management of publicly owned woodlands, recovery of existing areas, etc., and also to the safeguarding and enhancement of natural sites and their habitats, and to the restoration of heritage features in these areas, such as footpaths, outstanding buildings and other landmarks.
The vision has been to adapt the destination to influence the main tourist markets by enhancing its unique nature and heritage attributes.