Extension of Via Dinarica in the Cross-Border Area Albania-Kosovo*

Extension of Via Dinarica in the Cross-Border Area Albania-Kosovo*


Project Value 470,588.00 €
Project Status Finished
Implementing Partners
  • Community Development Fund (CDF)
  • Albanian Development Fund (ADF)
EU Contribution
400,000.00 €
Project Timeline
March 2018- March 2020

Overall Objective

To enhance cross-border economic activities through unique sustainable tourism models based on natural, traditional, and cultural values.

Summary of the Project

This project contributed to further developing the Via Dinarica long-distance trail and to increasing the tourism offer that links mountain communities and tourism stakeholders in the target area, aiming at the valorisation of the unique natural wealth and cultural heritage of the area. It also raised awareness about the economic, environmental and social benefits of long-distance trails, increased the attractiveness and competitiveness of the tourism offer as well as increased the number of visitors through small scale interventions, effective promotion and marketing of the destination.


  • Improvement and upgrade of the small scale tourism infrastructure
  • Mapping existing touristic vendors and service providers and concluding agreements with them
  • Development of touristic offers within Via Dinarica
  • Mapping and GPS tracking of the routes in the cross-border region
  • Joint Market Access Programme
  • Building the capacities of mountaineering clubs Albania and Kosovo*
  • Promotion, awareness raising and destination marketing

Expected Results

  • Via Dinarica further expanded to include the cross-border Albania-Kosovo* geographic region
  • The local tourism offer expanded
  • New and market-driven products and services identified and innovatively supported
  • Joint tourism offer promoted and regional network strengthened
  • Natural, cultural and historical heritage better promoted as a sustainable income generation asset
  • International tourism fair organised
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
EUD contact point

Francesca Renzi



Project Reference Number 395-022