Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

EDEN - European Destinations of Excellence

EDEN - European Destinations of Excellence

EDEN 2022

The European Destination of Excellence 2022 shortlist has been announced. One winner will be selected as a sustainable tourism pioneer.

The EDEN initiative

The European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) initiative rewards and promotes sustainable tourism practices in smaller tourist destinations.


About the EDEN initiative

Since 2007, the European Commission has supported EU countries in rewarding non-traditional, emerging sustainable tourism destinations in Europe through the EDEN award. The initiative aimed to foster sustainable tourism destination management models across Europe by selecting and promoting EDEN destinations. 

The EU Green Deal, our commitment to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, and the focus on circular economies, will drive changes in the tourism industry. The ecosystem will need to change how it operates, including how destinations are managed, to deliver sustainable and quality experience to visitors.

We modified EDEN for position winning destinations to stand out as tourism sustainability pioneers, committed to European Green Deal objectives and seeking to inspire other European tourism destinations in their green transition practices.

The EDEN initiative aims to

  1. showcase the best achievements in sustainable tourism and green transition practices across smaller European destinations
  2. promote the development of sustainable tourism in destinations, bringing value to the economy, the planet and the people
  3. establish a framework for participating destinations to exchange best practices and create opportunities for cooperation and new partnerships

Each year, the EDEN competition will name one ‘European Destination of Excellence’, an accolade that will signal a destination’s forward-thinking approach and identify them as a sustainable tourism pioneer

Destinations in EU countries and COSME countries with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 inhabitants are eligible to apply. 

Three destinations have been shortlisted for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) 2022 competition. See our destinations page for more details.

Small, sustainable, the future of tourism: European Destination of Excellence.


European Destinations of Excellence Secretariat 
+49 30 700 186 390

European Commission
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs