From the beginning of the 12th century to the second half of the 17th the Croatian aristocratic Frankopan family left numerous traces of their influence and power throughout Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. ‘The Routes of the Frankopans’ cultural route encourages the evaluation, restoration, protection and innovative interpretation of 17 Frankopan castles and 3 sacral buildings. In this way it enriches the cultural and tourist offer of the county and actively participates in society, the economy, and the ecological and cultural development on the local, regional and international level.
‘The Routes of the Frankopans’ is based on the same named project which Primorje-Gorski Kotar County implemented in the period from 2005 to 2008. At that time, in the organising and preparation of documentation for the restoration of the Frankopan castles, the county, together with individual local government authorities on whose territories the buildings are located, invested significant initial funds. The restoration of one tower in the town of Krk was the symbolic beginning of the restoration of the Frankopan’s heritage.
‘HERA – tourism of Adriatic heritage’ is being implemented within the framework of the IPA programme of Adriatic cross-border cooperation with the goal of the sustainable management of the cultural heritage of the Adriatic. 17 partners from 8 countries (Croatia, Italy, Greece, Albania, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) are participating in the project. HERA is dealing with one of the greatest challenges of the partner countries: the nonexistence of an integrated strategy of management and the promotion of Adriatic cultural heritage and the lack of promotion of the Adriatic region as a unique destination on the international market. Networking into the HERA project will place ‘The Routes of the Frankopans’ route on the European map of cultural routes.
The network of innovative and highly experiential cultural and tourist features based on the heritage of the Frankopans will profile a cultural-tourist offer, as well as encourage the economic prosperity of micro-environments. Interpretation centres and events connected to the route will influence the seasonality of the tourist and cultural offer and enable the local population to enrich its life and own community via its associations and personal entrepreneurial projects.