The western Balkan region is a nature lovers’ paradise. Most of the region is situated in the heart of the central Dinaric Alps – one of Europe’s most unexplored mountain ranges. Each country offers a vast range of activities, from adventure to relaxation, on both land and water. There are more and more B&B’s being established in mountain villages as well as small guest houses that offer accommodation, food, and light outdoor activities.
Via Dinarica is a platform that serves to promote and develop the local communities and small businesses active on local, national, and international level in the field of hospitality, service and tourism, as well as agriculture and cultural heritage. Its purpose is to connect the countries and communities of Dinaric Alps by creating a unique and diversified tourist offer. A similar model, Via Alpina, has been implemented in the European Union, connecting eight countries in the region of Alps with over 5000 km of mountain trails. This model been shown to be a sustainable and effective long-term economic development strategy. Via Dinarica promotes tourism for the purpose of economic development of the region, while preserving the environment and respecting the sociocultural diversity and authenticity of local communities.
The final goal of Via Dinarica is to make connections between cities and rural communities in the region, raise awareness on good business practices and environment protection, create a tourist offer which relies on natural beauties, traditional products and the unique cultural heritage, as well as to link stakeholders in the region for the purpose of jump starting sustainable economic development.
The Via Dinarica is also a mega trail that extends from Albania to Slovenia. The largest part of the trail slices diagonally from southeast to northwest. The Via Dinarica trail encompasses the largest karst field on earth, and is consisted of three trails:
This is the main trail along the entire length of the Via Dinarica that follows the natural flow of the highest peaks of the Dinaric Alps.
The Blue Trail veers towards the coastline and the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.
The Green Trail is exactly that, green carpet of conifer forests that meander through some of the lower mountains of the Dinaric Alps.
And all this was recognized by the National Geographic Traveler which recently declared Via Dinarica as “21 Top of the World”.