Health and Tourism Guide

In the framework of the the Guide we unite major outputs achieved in the course of the Project – research and analysis of the tourism sites and resources in Blagoevgrad District (Bulgaria) and North-East Planning Region (North Macedonia), the results from the five-day workshop under the project and the tourist product developed by the Youth Initiative with the assistance of an external expert.

The present Health and Tourism Guide follows the main objective of the project – to promote the development of health, wellness and sports tourism in the cross-border region between Blagoevgrad District and the North-East Planning Region in North Macedonia by outlining the suitable opportunities and tourist points of interest by types of tourism – health, wellness and sports. Also, the present Guide contains a detailed description of the tourist product, developed by the youth Initiative in the form of a tourist route with details about the various sites. It is important to underline that this tourist product also indicates different cultural points of interest with which the cross-border region is bountiful with and whose location often coincides or is in the vicinity of sources of mineral waters, etc.

The document is prepared in implementation of the project „Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as a health prevention“ with reference number CB006.2.23.116 under the Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Bulgaria-Northern Macedonia.

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The guide can be found here or in the “Reports and Guides” section

Presented tourist product for health tourism to young people from the cross-border region

Today, November 12, 2020, young people aged 7 to 19 from Blagoevgrad and Kriva Palanka were presented the tourist product demonstrating the potentials for health and sports tourism in the Northeast region of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Blagoevgrad region in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The tourist product is the result of the initiative of young people from both sides of the border, who took part in five-day workshops on topics such as health tourism, spa and wellness, health prevention and others. These events were held within the project “Youth from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as health prevention”. This product is a complete offer for health and wellness tourism in both regions. Young people from Bulgaria and young people from Macedonia had the opportunity to take part in the presentation through a virtual conference call, in order to comply with the restrictions imposed by the competent health authorities on gatherings and bans on cross-border travel.

The project is implemented by the Health Prevention Foundation from Blagoevgrad, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Northeast Regional Development Center for Planning of the Republic of Macedonia, within the INTERREG – IPA CBC program of the European Union for cross-border cooperation between the two countries.

One of the goals of the project is to create conditions for health prevention and prophylaxis through the construction of tourist facilities in the town of Kriva Palanka and to promote the cooperation of young people and people with disabilities on both sides of the border.

As part of the project on the quay of Kriva Reka in Kriva Palanka, an outdoor fitness zone and a mini golf course have been built, and in Blagoevgrad a Center of the Health and Tourism Network has been established, which will provide free health services for young people and people with disabilities. both from the municipalities and from the region

The event was also covered in the media in the Republic of Northern Macedonia:

Coverage in Macedonian media


A five-day workshop “Tourism as health prevention” for children and young people begins

The five-day workshop, organized by the Foundation “Health Prophylaxis”, Blagoevgrad and the Center for Development of the Third Northeast Planning Region in the Republic of North Macedonia, is expected to continue from November 3rd to 7th. The initiative is part of a project entitled “Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as a health prevention” with reference number № CB006.2.23.116 under the Cross-border Cooperation Program Interreg-IPA Bulgaria-Northern Macedonia.

The workshop will be attended by children aged 7 to 19, who will learn about important details about tourism, health prevention and the opportunities provided by the rich and diverse resources that the cross-border region offers in the field of spa and wellness.
After getting acquainted with the objectives of the project, a quiz is planned, aimed at acquainting the attendees with the characteristics of the natural and geographical factors of the Northeast Planning Region (NEPR) and Blagoevgrad District.
At the end of the workshop there will be a practical part related to the development and preparation of tourist routes aimed at health prevention, development of health, spa and wellness and sports tourism for the target regions of the two countries.
The project aims to develop tourism capacities in the two regions for health prevention and cooperation of young people on both sides of the border. So far, project activities are building an outdoor fitness area and a mini golf course in the quay of Kriva Reka in Kriva Palanka, and in Blagoevgrad a Center of Health and Tourism Network has been established, which will provide free health services for young people and people who can visit the municipalities in the region.

The project is co-funded by EU through the Interreg-IPA CBC Republic of Bulgaria – Republic of North Macedonia Programme.
Този проект е съфинансиран от Европейския съюз чрез Interreg – ИПП Програма за трансгранично сътрудничество между Република България и Република Северна Македония.
Овој проект е кофинансиран од Европската Унија преку Interreg- ИПА Програмата за прекугранична соработка меѓу Република Бугарија и Република Северна Македонија.