Brief History of the Area

The area on both sides of the border has a similar history and culture, including several cultural monuments. Also, the environment is very rich with many rare habitats and species. Consequently, the total area is particularly blessed with rare and unique items of great interest to visitors with high intellectual background and preference to specialized forms of tourism.
Alternative and thematic forms of tourism in this region can rely on the variety of cultural and natural resources: the architecture and the architectural constructions (stone bridges, houses, churches, etc.), religious monuments (monasteries and churches), cultural events and traditional festivals (local music), as well as climbing, hiking, caving, kayaking and rafting, jeep crossing. They are also numerous activities related to nature: bird watching and observation of nature, amateur botany, sport fishing, spa-tourism along with spas and more.
The characteristics of the region will be promoted through thematic routes based on the Heritage Interpretation. The Interpretation of Cultural Heritage is a communication process designed to reveal meanings and relationships of our cultural and natural heritage to the public. EPIRUS S.A. development agency has worked during the LEADER + with the Universities of Freiburg and the Aegean in a transnational project for the application of the technique Interpretation of Cultural Heritage in the Prefectures of Ioannina and Thesprotia. Epirus Development Agency has realized the importance of such techniques for the promotion of tourism and the subsequent economic development of regions.
The proposal aims to create and establish a Thematic Network and Alternative Tourism in order to turn these areas, especially near the border, but also a wider part of the two countries to famous tourist destinations. The organization of the network should be followed by its promotion in order to attract visitors with specific interests.