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What a Green, Sustainable Lifestyle Means in Zagreb, Croatia

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Musical Performance in front of Cathedral, ZagrebLast summer's travels with my son was part social experiment, part field research on how sustainability is viewed through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Each country we visited, namely Cyprus, Greece, Croatia and Scotland had their own flavor of what sustainability and green travel meant.

For Croatia, sustainability generally translated to a more personal construct of preserving all things local rather than living what we, in the United States, have come to know as a green lifestyle filled with hybrid car or bus use and renewable energy resources.

In many respects, Zagreb epitomizes the all things local concept very well. Unlike the coastline of Croatia, which has had sun, sand, and sea tourism infrastructure in place for many years, Zagreb offers simply elegant green spaces, outdoor markets, and quirky museums that aim to spotlight local architects, artists and farmers.

King Tomislav Square

King Tomislav Square (Tomislav trg) is a beautiful all-season park that features sculptures, indigenous flowers and evening musical performances by local bands.


Dolac Market

Dolac Market is filled each day with seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, flowers, fish and souvenirs such as hand carved wood products.


Museums of Zagreb

Museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (with its slide out exit and thought-provoking mix of sculptures and paintings depicting the struggles of humanity) and The Museum of Broken Relationships (with its poignant and funny mix of stories and mementos of heartbreak) are standouts among European museums.


Adding to that, the city has fantastic pedestrian thoroughfares and an expansive tram system. It just goes to show that there is no one proper way to do green and sustainable travel. As long as you are more conscious about how your travels (and travel dollars) are benefiting communities socially, economically and environmentally, you'll already be helping to keep all things local.


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Irene is the founder & president of Greenloons. She is a dual EU citizen who has lived in 5 countries and visited 32 more in Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe. Drawing upon her professional and personal experiences to address authentic ecotourism from community, ecological and financial points of view, Irene is a frequent conference speaker, Huffington Post blogger and radio talk show guest. 


  • Guest
    Yooshau Wednesday, 01 June 2016

    Ecotourism blog

    Eco-tourism is growing rapidly across the global tourism industry. It has had positive impacts on the surrounding environment, as well as the well-being of the of the local people of that destination. Eco-tourism benefits local people by involving them in the field as much as possible, in return it provides economic benefits and incentives to the local people.

    In Zagreb, Croatia the practice of “all things local” is something which is very unique. In my opinion, this can be used as a selling point in regards to eco-tourism. The way, the local people’s work is highlighted in Zagreb can be taken as an example for other destinations trying to develop eco-tourism.

    However, I believe that in addition to this the green lifestyle should be promoted more as well. The main purpose of eco-tourism is to preserve the natural surrounding and preserving it for the future generations. Therefore, I believe that the green lifestyle is as important as the “all things local” practice for eco-tourism.

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