A history set in stone – Elbasan region

Elbasan is a region with very vivid sights, an immense cultural and historical heritage, as well as some of the most unique cities in the region. One such city is Belsh, with its crown jewel – Lake Belsh. Even though, quite small this picturesque part of the Elbasan region, has over 84 glacial small lakes, olive oil plantations that seem to stretch into infinity and soul like no other. This is why we suggest that you #StayAtHome and enjoy this video of a unique and mesmerizing place.

Polog – a home for adventurers

While we #StayAtHome in this difficult time, we encourage you to watch this video of the mesmerizing Polog region and enjoy in its breathtaking beauty. Adventurers, tourists interested in cultures and foodies alike will not remain unimpressed with this region that has everything to satisfy even the most peculiar of touristic appetites.

Тhe filming of 10 short videos intended for tourist promotion of Polog and Elbasan regions has begun

On 16 December the filming of 10 short videos intended for tourist promotion of Polog and Elbasan regions has begun. The first scene was filmed in the Elbasan region, in the Republic of Albania. The filming will take place in most of the locations that are geographically part of the two targeted regions – the Polog region in North Macedonia and the Elbasan region in Albania. The videos are part of the STEP project and Trojka Studio Skopje is the film production that will produce the videos.


Florent Bajrami – Guest on the morning show on Alsat TV

On June 20, Floren Bajrami, Project Coordinator of the STEP project was a part of the morning show on Alsat TV. During the interview Mr. Bajrami informed the general public about the upcoming cross border event named ” Creating a common future”, organized by 9 projects implemented by 30 NGO, grant beneficiaries from the Program for cross-border development between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Albania financed by the European Union.

STEP is starting to prepare the framework for joint tourist packages in Polog and Elbasan

Preparatory meetings for cross-border packages have been scheduled in December this year, while the first meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday this week (13 and 14 December) in Elbasan, a two-day meeting to prepare a framework for joint travel packages.

At this meeting, there will be about 10 participants, and external participants from Albania will be: businesses, academics, NGOs, local and regional authorities, as well as project staff on both sides of the border.

The agenda of the meeting is to create a framework for creating these tourist packages.

As a basis, the products and services offered by the members of STEP will also be taken into consideration, so we invite all members who have additional products or services from those already presented, to submit to the project staff.

Also, in the initial meetings, periodic tourism related events in both regions will be presented in order to prepare the bids based on these events.

The network of STEP partners, together with network members, through these three joint meetings (envisaged in Elbasan from 13 to 14 December, one in Tetovo from December 20 to December 21 and one in Mavrovo in early January next year) and two workshops in Belch and Popova Shapka at the beginning of next year) will develop different types of cross-border packages and packages that “pack” a large number of services together to make a unique experience. It is worth mentioning that in the two workshops in Belsh and Popova Shapka, which will be at the beginning of next year, about 25 tourist entities from the regions Polog and Elbasan (50 in total) will participate in practically creating packages, which will later be shown on the iTop Digital Platform. The most active members will have the advantage of participating in these workshops. Packages will combine things like transportation, accommodation and food and will always include locations and attractions on both sides of the border between Macedonia and Albania. The packages will be regional, cross-border and will follow a predetermined route and visit areas of interest to certain places, whether they are historical, religious or cultural. STEP will encourage the creation of the following initial packet types, which will be enriched and approved by all members of the STEP network: 

• A special interest, they will be designed around a particular area of interest that can include art, food and wine, sport, culture or agriculture. A tour of special interest may include a guide to experts or celebrities related to the theme of the tournament (for example, an art expert accompanying an art tour).

• Adventure, this type of tours will be designed to allow visitors to participate in their own zone of interest, length of the tour and experiences based. They are usually physical and require a certain level of physical preparedness, but they can sometimes be modified to meet the needs of visitors depending on the passenger profile. Some examples of this type of tour include rock climbing or hiking, hiking, skiing or cycling.

• Full-accompanying tours, they are often a good choice for lonely travelers or small groups. This type of tours offers a sense of security or overcoming language and cultural barriers. Also, these types of tours often involve an educational aspect, since companionship provides local, historical and cultural knowledge, knowledge and provides tourists with valuable experience and relevance to the places visited.

To be successful, we need active participation of tourists who are members of STEP, and we call for more intensive cooperation in this period.