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Middelfart, Denmark

Located on the shores of the Little Belt strait, this market town in central Denmark is making a name for itself on the European tourist scene thanks to its ambitious spirit. In fact, with a commitment to sustainability that far exceeds its small size and population of 15,000, Middelfart is the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) 2022 – a worthy winner on many levels, with green credentials. to rival Europe’s biggest cities and match its packed calendar of events and plentiful nature tourism opportunities.

Preserving the region’s flora, fauna and good water quality is a priority for the city, and proof of the city’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the popular meeting on Climate (Klimafolkemødet), a national event held in Middelfart every September. Increasingly popular, it brings together politicians, actors and citizens to find solutions to climate challenges.

No matter what time you visit, one of the biggest local draws is the nearby Little Belt Nature Park. The country’s largest natural marine park, it is densely populated with porpoises, which can be spotted along the 71 miles of coastline or on a whale safari. For unparalleled views of this seascape, opt instead for a tour of the 213-foot-tall Old Little Belt Bridge, a physical and cultural link between the islands of Jutland and Funen.

Back in the old town, between the historic churches and the castle, visitors can browse various independent shops, which are supported by the local government in their journey towards sustainable entrepreneurship. Then, at the end of the day, go to bed in one of the many certified eco-responsible hotels.

For more information on the European Capital of Smart Tourism and European Destination of Excellence initiatives, visit: smarttourismcapital.eu and ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/tourism/eden_en

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