The Eden awards

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No, this has nothing to do with the Eden Project in Cornwall. This has nothing (that I can see) to do with the UK since we don’t seem to be involved. (this could change next year.) This is an EU award scheme that spreads wider than the EU as Turkey and Iceland are involved as well. These awards go to 21 different locations for excellence in tourism, all of them smaller places that might not otherwise attract attention.
And that’s what makes them appealing to the visitor: they aren’t overrun (yet) with other visitors. The Eden project is a small group of destinations, just 98 from 26 countries who have been awarded this prize for excellence over the last few years. Started just four years, Eden aims to help these attractions and destinations by giving these awards and publicising them. In the future they will be helped by a commitment by Pedro Ortun, the Director in charge of tourism within the EU that he will find funds to help in the future.
So which places won? CD-Traveller will list them and their websites so you can look at them yourselves. Not all websites have an English language page but the pictures will give you a good idea of what they are about.
Gmund – a walled town in Austria known by locals as the “artists city”
Marche-en-Famenne in Belgium, a thirteenth century town that has restored many of its buildings.
Pustara Visnjica in Croatia, a sprawling nineteenth century horse breeding estate
Kalopanagiotis in Cyprus, a hill village with chapels, monasteries and renovated buildings
Slovacko in Czech Republic won for its 65 km waterway, the Bat’a Canal
Lahemaa National Park in Estonia for its three differently coloured restored manor houses
Roubaix in France where an ole old garage is now a theatre and a swimming pool is a museum
Delphi in Greece wins for its reconstructed of Amfissa and the restoration of its leather tanneries
Mecsek in Hungary for its lakes, caves and its disused Roman cities and ancient sites
Stykkisholmur in Iceland for the conversion of a fishing village into a tourist attraction
Great Western Greenway in Ireland for its 42km greenway on the old railway line
Montevecchio in Sardinia, Italy’s oldest mining site restored as a heritage centre.
Ligatne in Latvia with its important paper mill that produced paper for the Russian tsars
Rokiskis Manor in Lithuania with its museum of Christmas cribs and 77,000 cultural artifacts
Gharb on the southern tip of Gozo in Malta where the “salty” valley has been regenerated
Veenhuizen in the Netherlands where a former prison has become guest houses for tourists
Zyrardow in Poland, a large linen factory town, converted mills into homes, museums and shops
Faial Nature Park in the Azores of Portugal with its moss covered volcanic crater and peaks (website broken but we’ll add when available)
Idrija in Slovenia where the mercury mine is now an underground museum
Trasmiera Ecopark in Spain is an open air museum of salt marshes, a restored mill and birdwatching
Hamamonu, Turkey where a run-down, ex well-to-do area is being revitalised for locals and visitors

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