Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, and its spectacular green scenery is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The St. Patrick’s festival will take place from March 17th to 20th in Dublin. If you’re lucky enough to attend, prepare to get exposure to some of the most exciting aspects of Irish culture. What about going totally green for the occasion? First, rent an electric or hybrid car with Europcar to get around. Then, try out the green restaurants and hotels we selected for you.
Eat your greens
Featured in many of Dublin’s city guides across the Internet Farm on Dawnson Street is adored by both locals and visitors. It’s no wonder when the menu is full of vegetarian and gluten-free goodness. Needless to say the food is made from fresh, organic and free-range ingredients. All this can be enjoyed on their terrace when the weather permits of course.
From Dublin, a 30min drive east in your rental car will lead you to the village of Howth where King Sitric is located. Just as the slogan suggests, it’s a seafood restaurant with a sea view. Customers have the pleasure of eating fresh fish caught on the banks of the pier and lobster caught by the restaurant’s fisherman.
Cornucopia is zealous about sourcing fresh and organic produce to use in its menus. The organic wine list leans in favor of eco-friendliness. The restaurant is well known for its focus on sustainability, recycling and energy saving are amounts its top priorities. The warm décor of the place comes together in the form of works by the local community and the outside terrace is a lovely bonus.
Where to stay
The Gresham hotel sits in the middle of two of Dublin’s allures, namely the popular Temple Bar and the Irish Writer’s Museum. It’s no surprise then that since it’s opening in 1817, it has welcomed the likes of Grace Kelly and The Beatles. When it comes to the green footprint The Gresham makes efforts to use low energy light-bulbs throughout its rooms, recycle and compost organic waste from the kitchen.
The hotel holds a ‘Platinum Award’ under Green Hospitality Awards for their dedication to sustainability. Waste management, recycling, responsible purchasing, energy and water conversation are all part of the daily running of The Westin. They even use chemical free cleaning products which is a plus for those who are prone to allergies.
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