Diversification of rural activities in Borino, Bulgaria

EAFRD funding helped develop new tourism attractions and tools to facilitate access to natural and historical landmarks in the region.

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Project summary: 

The Borino municipality in southern Bulgaria benefitted from EAFRD funding to develop new tourist attractions and tools to facilitate access to natural and historical landmarks in the region.

The project supported the development of 14 tourist attractions. The attractions include a 20 metre-tall boom lift offering a panoramic view of the mountains, an ornithological station equipped with telescopes and binoculars allowing the observation of rare birds and a 62 kilometre-long cycling trail.

To facilitate access to these and other attractions in the area, the project provided for the construction of two info centres and relief maps highlighting hiking and cycling trails, as well as all natural landmarks attracting thousands of tourists annually.

Project results: 

The project succeeded in diversifying tourist activities, attracting an estimated 3500 additional tourists to the region.

These activities were designed to complement another EAFRD-supported project by the LAG. This involved the construction of a 20 kilometre-long wooden trail called ‘Devil’s path’ that goes around the mountains and offers hikers the possibility to see and experience previously inaccessible sights.