Interreg IPA CBC Greece – Republic of North Macedonia. The project with the acronym “HOLYWATER” and the title “Enhancing the cultural touristic product of the cross-border area of Prespes through the promotion of the natural and cultural heritage” implemented under the program Interreg IPA CBC Greece – North Macedonia.

Specifically approved at Priority axis:
Development and Support of Local Economy
and Specific Objective: Improve the attractiveness and promote tourism in the cross-border area to enhance employment in tourism.

The total budget of HOLYWATER is 734.821,20 €.
holywater DELIVERABLES EVENTS Enhancing the cultural touristic product of the cross-border area of Prespes through the promotion of the natural and cultural heritage. INTERREG

Brief Summary

Brief Summary

The project is an effort of integrated approach of tourism development in the cross-border area of Prespa through the promotion of cultural and environmental resources.

The project partners are, by the nature of their operation and activities, key factors managers of tourism development in the area and collectively address the common challenge of touristic development.

The expected change is the drastic improvement of the conditions of the visitors’ contact with the cultural heritage and environment of Prespa. The easy and accessible to all information provision about the monuments and the points of interest and the interconnection of monasteries in a footpath network contribute to this.

An electronic platform with augmented reality applications and electronic maps marking all the points of interest of the visitors, as well as a 3D virtual tour of specific monuments will be created.

In the region of Resen, five important monasteries are connected in a footpath network, horticultural arrangements are made and a church is restored.

In Laimos, a visiting space is formulated with the pursue of the proper equipment and an educational game and a video presentation of Prespa are created, whereas in Agios Germanos the Byzantine collection will operate with original items and a video presentation of the byzantine heritage of Prespa.

Important promotion activities are the invitation of expertised tour operators, the implementation of an exhibition for the cultural heritage of the cross-border area, the realization of lake visits of educational nature with solar vessels, the organisation of cultural events for the promotion of local products and the development of promotional material.

Innovative is the application of 3D presentation of St. German church and of the Hospital of Rebels, the promotion of which is expected to take large dimension.

Added value of the project are the presentation of all the elements for culture and natural environment of Prespa, the access to monasteries through a footpath network and the creation of new visiting places. Another significant element that can create a new dynamics is the hosting of expertised tour operators.

This coherent set of activities organises the whole information for the visitor, giving the opportunity to know in depth the history, the culture and the natural environment of Prespa.

Interreg IPA CBC Programme ”Greece –Republic of North Macedonia 2014-2020”

About the programme

Interreg IPA CBC
The Interreg IPA CBC Programme ”Greece –Republic of North Macedonia 2014-2020” is a cross-border cooperation Programme co-financed by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II). The strategy statement of the Programme is “to enhance territorial cohesion by improving living standards and employment opportunities holding respect to the environment and by using the natural resources for upgrading of the tourism product”. The total budget of the Programme for the period 2014-2020 is 45.470.066,00 €. Address



The overall objective of the project is the organisation of all the cultural, environmental and touristic information concerning the cross-border area of Prespa with the use of new technologies. Through this, the project intends to:

Other important objectives are:

Project co-funded by the European Union and national funds of the participating countries

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