Rural accommodation, an alternative to mass tourism

The travel culture has advanced over the years and with it the tourism philosophies. Today the accommodation options have become infinite. There are options for all kinds of publics. For those who prefer to live away from civilization during the holiday period, there are also rural environments, such as farmhouses locatedon large agricultural estates. They even promise to be more connected to the land, either by participating in the cultivation of the land together with the owners or by doing wine tourism and sports activities. Next, we will talk about the advantages of rural accommodation, an alternative to mass tourism that seems to be on the rise.

The arrival of the pandemic has forced many people to opt for rural and inland tourism, as they have not wanted to give up a break from work and even less so after a confinement. The main beneficiaries, therefore have been campsites and hostels, countryhouses and farmhouses in nearby villages without overcrowding. In these destinations, peaceful experiences are promoted, groups and families are usually welcomed and nature can be enjoyed.There are also attractions such as swimming pools, water activities and outdoor attractions.

In fact, according to INE figures, during the month of June there were 352.643 tourists who chose to rest in a campsite. Suddenly, the advantages that people choose rural accommodation are diverse: contact with nature, which helps to relive stress, affordable prices, guaranteed social distance and a greater sense of well-being.


Sport to get away from sedentariness.

The choice of this type of accommodation usually also includes a segment of the population that advocates very specific values, such as sustainability and respect for the environment and other people. There is enough space for sport and the emphasis is on living outside, thus moving away from sedentary patterns. In the case of staying in a village, the cultural and sporting options arevaried. You can go on foot or by car to discover the territory in an active way, visit monuments that can be reached on foot or by bicycle, etc. All this contributes to keep a busy mind and that helps us not to think about the usual daily routine.

On the other hand, not being so concerned with technologies and more about ourselves (and the group we go on holiday with) can help us create links, as well as improve our quality of sleep. In short, doing tasks where we encourage physical exercise improves our mood, increases our vitamin D levels and has a positive effecton our mental health, as we work on a well-deserved disconnection.