T2.1.-Common community tourism package_Al

31 March 2021
Presentation of output T2.1.-Community tourism package for Himara

Common community tourism guide is presented as a touristic package for the development of community tourism in the Administrative Unit of Himara Municipality in Albania. This package does not focus on the traditional summer season, sun, and sea. But it will focus especially on the promotion and development of tourism based on natural heritage, cultural heritage, life activities, in which the community is widely involved.  
The main objective of this package is to arouse the interest of the local Coastal Community, as well as local institutions for the potentials that the Himara region has for the development of community tourism. At the same time, this package will serve as a guide for foreign travelers for the opportunities offered by the area in terms of activities related to the natural beauty, traditions, and culture of the area, intertwined with direct contacts.
This package is prepared in the framework of the Co.Co.Tour Project, based on the findings of the territorial analysis carried out in the first phase of the project, the manual for community tourism, the General Local Plan of Himara Municipality, Point of Interest identified and direct contacts with the community of the area through frequent visits to this region, other information collected by exerts during the implementation phases of this project.
This guide can also serve as a guide for similar packages for the development of community tourism in other regions of the country, which also has similarities and potentials for the development of this type of tourism. This guideline includes brief information on the network created within Tricase Municipality and Herceg Novi Municipality as a good
practice to follow in the future cooperation between countries.

Based on the network created between the three municipalities of Tricase, Himara, and Herceg Novi, a  tour guide has been created as a  bridge between the three coastal communities. Starting from the first action taken by the project partners by identifying points of interest based on natural, cultural, and spiritual resources, other products followed, such as the common tourist guide. POI.

In all three countries, the strategy followed is the same, identifying stakeholders, community businesses, and tour operators, and then implementing the guide in print format but also through the use of web platforms and an APP dedicated to the three spaces included in the project. What unites the three areas is the Eco-Museum model followed. It all starts with the prototype of the Port Museum of  Tricase, now they have created the Eco-Museum of Tricase which is the "Antic Cistern". At the same time, it was created the Eco-Museum of  Himara which is the restored school building in Old Himara that has a spiritual value, was created also the Eco-Museum of Herceg Novi the restored house of the poet I. Andric.
Each building with its values and features is the first point of information for the Eco-Museum. But the Eco-Museum is not just a building, it is the aggregate of natural, cultural, and spiritual assets of the area. In order to bring attractions to tourists and to help the community get involved in this model for the development of sustainable tourism in coastal communities, joint research work has been developed. More specifically: Who are the stakeholders and tour operators who should be recognized? What are the natural and cultural tourist attractions that should not be missed? What is special about the area that tourists do not know but that can be adventure or curiosity, a real attraction? Of course, this information is obtained through various tools such as tour guides, Webport platform, web page of Eco-museums, dedicated application "AccessPort".

In Tricase (Italy)  you will be introduced to Saint, merchants, and boats; the beating heart of the Museum; Fishing stories, old and new; Marina Serra, the hillside pearl; Rooms with a view; etc.

In  Herceg  Novi  (Montenegro)  you will be introduced to Nobel  Prize  Winner  Ivo  Andric House, Njegos School, City Museum "Mirko Komnenovic", City Caffe, City Library, Gallery "Josip Bepo Benkovic", Forte mare, "Stanica" restaurant, Home of old Captain Stumberger, Pet Danica Walkway, Historical walkways, etc.


In Himara (Albania) you will be introduced to Delta of Palasa, the legend of Julius Caesar, bay and the canyon of Gjipe, Histories of the villages Dhermi-Vuno-Pilur-Himare-Qeparo, Ali  Pasha's  Castle,  Himara's  Castle,  the Cyclop's  cave,  Pirates  Cave,  traditional  food,

Touristic Package for the Eco Museum of Himara, in English

Guideline of community tourism concept and instructions, in English