The European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius
The long-term plan to build the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius has a European dimension and its theme is common to the countries of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe. This common theme will enable the project to become one of the most comprehensive tourism products with effects for all of Europe, from east to west.
Basic Project Characteristics
The project has two basic stages:
Stage I – building and developing the route until 2020
Stage II – building and developing the route after 2020
The project is extensive, involving more than 10 countries in stage I. It includes more than 7,500 kilometres of routes across Europe. The project is divided into 3 main spinal trails/products:
Spinal Trail A – Central Europe
Spinal Trail B – Southern Europe
Spinal Trail C – Eastern Europe
The project has 3 key players: Velehrad (Czech Republic) – Rome (Italy) – Thessaloniki (Greece). The involvement of 3 key players minimizes the risks of failure and the administration of the project will lead to a more efficient fulfilment of the project’s objectives. Each of the main routes targets a different cultural group.
Opening the route will allow tourists and pilgrims to explore new areas in Central and Eastern Europe and help open up southern Europe (Rome) tonew target groups from Central and Eastern Europe.
The aim is to design the route in accordance with current trends, planning it for both pedestrians and cyclists but also including interesting visitor sites for motorists and families with children.
The project is designed in such a way as to make the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius highly competitive.
Given the total length of the pilgrimage routes, (more than 7,500 kilometres) the cultural route crosses most of Europe from east to west. It is an interesting counterweight to the pilgrimage routes developed in Western Europe.