Slow Travellers in Spain | Slowers | Slow Living

What does Slow Living Mediterráneo mean?

Slow Living Mediterráneo summarises the essence of what we do. We like to welcome our guests and to make them experience slow life and Spanish lifestyle. For us, living slow means living connected to the present, without stress, enjoying the time and the place. Our job is to make slow travel or slow tourism a valid option for our guests, who wish to escape from mass tourism and major destinations. We work hard to design customized getaways for travellers who value authenticity and differentiation. And why the Mediterranean? We were born in the Mediterranean area, we live in the Mediterranean and we are experts in our region. The Mediterranean extends over many countries, but has common elements globally identified with well-being, health, mild climate, rich culture, history and excellent food. We like to share these experiences with you, and show you how we live. We believe that there are many beautiful tourist hot spots on the Mediterranean, but our region- Castellón, on the East coast of Spain- has all the advantages of a main destination (excellent connections, lovely weather, varied accommodation and services' provision and a generous natural and cultural environment) and all the advantages of a still untapped place (lower prices, authenticity, traditions, unspoiled resources).
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The Slow Movement in the world

The Slow Movement originated in the 1980s with the so called Slow Food. When McDonald’s planned to open a franchise restaurant near the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, the activist Carlo Petrini organised a demonstration in which he and his followers brandished bowls of pasta as weapons of protest. Their demonstration of traditional food agains globalisation was successful and soon after they founded the International Slow Food Movement which runs counter to the fast food, fast life, non-sustainable food production and the eroding of local economies. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas, such as slow books, slow travel, slow cities, and has become worldwide known, but keeps its essence of connection to people - ourselves, our family, our community, our friends, - to food, to place (where we live), and to life. The Slow Movement is not organized and controlled by a single organization. A fundamental characteristic of the Slow Movement is that it is propounded, and its momentum maintained, by individuals who constitute the expanding global community of Slow.

Slow Travel as a valid alternative for tourism

Slow Travel brings you the opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and its people. Opposed to those massive holiday tours where you jump from one ‘must see’ to another, and arrive home feeling like you need a holiday, slow travelers love to explore their surroundings, stay in one place for at least a week and join in local activities and happenings. Holiday rentals are often called by different names in different countries eg in the UK and Australia they are called ‘self-catering’; in France, ‘gîtes’; in Italy ‘agroturismos’’; in Switzerland and Germany ‘ferienwohnungen’; and in Spain we have 'casas rurales' or 'villas'.By living as opposed to ‘staying’ at your destination, slowers can experience the place more intensely. Not only do they have the opportunity to shop for groceries, they see locals every day. They collaborate in traditional workshops, they can discover secret spots and learn about the local traditions and culture. Slow travellers are freed from tedious pressures of standard tourism. By exploring on foot and by bike there are enjoying traditional ways of doing things, they to talk to people and find out the points of interest from their perspective.

The values

Some of the values that are associated to the Slow Movement are also related to ecological sustainability and to sustainable ways of thinking, living and interacting in our world community. Integrity, Transparency, Efficiency, Quality, Responsibility, Flexibility, Collaboration, Closeness, Coherence and Critical sense are the principles that guide this movement and all its members.

Slow Travel in some keywords

We like to describe Slow Travel as a way of doing unique getaways where authenticity, sustainability and calm are put before massive tours and hasty visits. These keywords may also help you understand our vision of slow tourism: relax, peace, local, traditions, culture, experiences, emotions, feedback, nature, charm, simplicity, customized, enjoy, origins, surroundings, environment, silence, fun, landscape, art, pleasures, contemplation, singularity, social responsibility, gastronomy, routes, Km0 slow food.

Enjoy as locals do

Slow Travel is about connection to a place and its people. Authenticity opposed to tourist attractions and standardized trips.

Take a pause

Take the time to enjoy your time. Feel relax and peace because there is no hurry, no timetables.

Sustainable tourism

By using, but not wasting, natural local resources you contribute to the economic and environmental development of the region.

Long-term sojourns

The more you stay in a place, the more you experience and learn about its particular features and traditions.

Social interaction

Cultural immersion in the local area, collaborating with the people and their everyday activities is so fulfilling.

Nature as a major component

Enjoying the environment, landscape watching, hiking or just going for a walk. Let's explore the surroundings!