Visiting European Farmlands

Almost 50% of Europe is made up of farmland, and agriculture plays a significant role in the overall economy of the European Union. Agritourism combines the appeal of traveling to Europe with the prospect of giving back to a local economy for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience.

 

What is Agritourism?

In recent years, ecotourism, or the travel intended to spread awareness of the environment and help local conservation efforts, has been on the rise. Ecotourism was born out of a backlash against traditional tourism, which can often have a negative impact on the environment. Agritourism, like ecotourism, is an industry born out of a desire to provide unique experiences to eco-conscious tourists. People who participate in agritourism can find themselves working alongside local farmers in fields harvesting crops, or learning about indigenous fishing practices firsthand in coastal villages. Agritourism also serves the important purpose of connecting tourists to the local economy by allowing them to participate in its growth. This practice also helps farmers who need to make progress against low agricultural exports and high imports.

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Agritourism in Europe:

Europe has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for a long time. People flock to Europe to see world-class art, walk under historical architecture, and sample excellent food. In popular countries like Italy, agro-tourism gives travelers an opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture through more unconventional methods than walking through museums or going on guided tours. Through agro-tourism, you can experience the warm hospitality of everyday people and gain a more in-depth  understanding of their culture and history.

 

Villas in Italy:

If one of your favorite things about traveling is the ability to try new foods, Italy offers a dynamic experience. Farms in the sunny Tuscany and Umbria regions specialize in classic Italian food and renowned wine. You might have the opportunity to learn how to make olive oil or gather wild mushrooms in the woods. Agro tourists stay in renovated farmhouses that offer rustic charm with modern amenities. Apart from learning about the agriculture industry, many of the farms offer services similar to B&Bs. The fact that you have helped prepare the meals that you enjoy is simply an added bonus.

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Wine Tasting in France: In France, gites, or furnished vacation homes are very popular. These houses are typically found in rural regions and offer glimpses into French provincial life. Unlike in Italy, French gites are not run like B&Bs, giving tourists the opportunity to go out and explore on their own. In France, particularly the Burgundy region, many vineyards offer opportunities to explore their cellars and learn about the winemaking industry through talks and tastings.

 

Scotland, Germany, and Spain are popular destinations that also offer a chance to explore the farmland and agricultural industry of Europe while getting to know the culture. Wherever you choose to go as an agritourist, the experiences that you gain will stay with you forever, made even more special with the knowledge that you were able to make a difference in the local community.