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Green Holidays

Take a break

Holidaying without a guilty conscience

how far will you go?


Photograph by A Lucassen

We're talking eco credentials, not miles. Although veggie places are greener by their very nature, several are leading the way by further reducing their impact on the planet. Here's some of the best:

The Barn is an 80 per cent solar powered vegan guest house in the New Forest, Hampshire, and all electricity comes from renewable sources. They've installed energy-efficient products and use only environmentally friendly cleaning and washing products. They have a zero food waste policy and serve a mix of local, organic and fair-trade produce. Discounts are available for those arriving by public transport/bike. www.veggiebarn.net

With Bicycle Beano Cycling Holidays you can use pedal power to explore Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia and the South Downs. Covering 35-40 miles a day, cyclists return to base for delicious veggie fare using home-grown organic fruit and vegetables as well as fair trade and local produce. www.bicycle-beano.co.uk

Yuva Eco Holiday Centre is a rural retreat in Turkey set in 40 acres of environmentally protected forest. Enjoy an independent break or take part in a variety of group activities including yoga and meditation. Village-style Turkish food is 100 per cent veggie and made from local and organic produce while hot water comes from solar energy.
www.yuvaholidays.com

The Lodge is a beautiful vegan B&B in Grenada, West Indies. All food is seasonal, organic and locally grown. Hot water is provided by solar energy and rain water is used for the swimming pool and, once filtered, for drinking and cooking. A tree is planted for every visitor to help offset the carbon from their visit. www.thelodgegrenada.com

Useful publications (all available from Viva!): Guide to Vegetarian Brighton £2.99 plus P&P, Vegetarian Guide to the Lake District £1 plus P&P, Vegetarian & Vegan Guide to Bristol & Bath £2.99 plus P&P, Vegetarian Britain £9.95 plus P&P, Vegetarian London £6.95 plus P&P, Vegetarian/Vegan Guide to Yorkshire £2 plus P&P. Click here for more information.

Useful websites:

www.vegetarianguides.co.uk
www.vegetariansabroad.com
www.vegetarian-vacations.com
www.responsibletravel.com