In the heart of Costa Brava, the municipality consists of two main towns: Torroella de Montgrí, a former royal town dating back over 1,000 years with an impressive historical centre, and l’Estartit, a small fishing hamlet on the shoreline, in front of Medes Islands Marine Reserve. For many years now the destination has applied policies designed to combine successfully the municipality’s tourism-related activities with the preservation of the environment, in perfect harmony with continuing economic development. It is thus firmly committed to sustainability in all its aspects (environment-friendly development of tourism, transport, energy saving, optimum 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.
In late 2016, after two years of dedicated effort, the Natural Park obtained the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, a prestigious distinction awarded by the EUROPARC Federation. The municipality is also part of the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR), made up of 28 regional tourism authorities.
This destination participated in the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at ITB Berlin by submitting a sustainable tourism story. Keywords: deconstruction, restoration, coastal system, La Pletera