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Restoration of unique common cultural heritage and promotion of joint tourism product "Hamangia - first civilisation of Old Europe”

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to improve the sustainable use of the cultural heritage - the Hamangia Culture in Bulgarian and Romanian Dobrudzha (Dobrogea) Region through joint efforts and actions regarding preservation and valorization of the Hamangia cultural heritage with a view of development of a joint integrated tourism product "Hamangia" and its joint promotion and management.

What’s the budget?

1,494,037.68euro, out of which 1,269,932.02euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Shabla Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit - Cernavoda Town (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 27.07.2018

End date: 26.11.2023

Duration: 64 months

Where is it happening?

Dobrich (Bulgaria)

Constanta (Romania)

How is it going to happen?                      

  • Study of the Hamangia culture of the target CB region as an info-base for the further well-grounded joint development of the tourism product "Hamangia";
  • Development of a joint integrated tourism product "Hamangia", incl. joint tourist route and innovative ICT-based touristic services;
  • Valorization of resources and improvement of attractiveness of the archaeological site "Archaeological Park Durankulak – Hamangia” in Shabla Municipality through small scale investments;
  • Valorization of the historic and cultural resources of Cernavoda by developing the „Hamangia Centre” composed by a new museum approach through small scale investments in rehabilitation and endowments of existing buildings;  
  • Promotion of the tourism product "Hamangia" through organization of promotional campaigns among the target groups in compliance with the marketing strategy developed under the project.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 1 integrated tourism products/services created; 2 common strategies, policies or management plans for valorizing (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses

Programme results: 40,000 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project was finalized on 26.11.2023. The following main results were achieved:

1. The project management teams have been established. 2 Press Announcements for the project start were posted on the websites of Shabla and Cernavoda Municipalities;

2. The technical design for the development and reconstruction of the "Archaeological Park Durankulak-Hamangia” in Shabla, has been elaborated by the LB. The contract for works execution was signed on 13.04.2023, the construction site was opened on 21.04.2023. The construction works were finalized on 18.10.2023 (Act no. 15/18.10.2023). In addition, the works included placement of a Ticket Center, extension of the Visitors Center and construction of a connecting pedestrian walkway. The Archaeological park “Durankulak - Hamangia” is opened to the public, having the following work schedule:

Wednesday - Sunday, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.

Monday and Tuesday – non-working days.

3. The technical design for the Development of the Hamangia Centre in Cernavoda Town, including the two existing buildings allocated for the development of Hamangia Centre and Atelier Ganditorul (Thinker Workshop), has been elaborated by B2. The contract for works execution was signed on 04.08.2021, the construction site was opened on 25.08.2021. The construction works were completed on 31.10.2023. The commissioning process was finalized on 28.12.2023. The Hamangia Center and Thinker Workshop are opened to the public having the following work schedule:

Hamangia Centre – museum site: daily, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Thinker Workshop: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11.00am – 4.00 pm.

4. The project website was developed and is available at in Bulgarian, Romanian and English language;

5. It was developed the joint study on “Hamangia” culture and its impact in the target CB region;

6. The thematic conference "Hamangia" was organized online on 16th of December 2021, through ZOOM platform;

7. There were organized 4 thematic working meetings, during which the cultural and historical heritage sites of Hamangia existing in the target cross-border region, which were included in the joint tourist route, were discussed:

a) Meeting no. 1 in Cernavoda Town, on 28.10.2022

b) Meeting no. 2 in Shabla Town, on 25.11.2022

c) Meeting no. 3 in Cernavoda Town, on 05.12.2022

d) Meeting no. 4 in Shabla Town, on 06.12.2022.

8. The joint tourist route “Hamangia” was developed. The tourist product includes visits to archaeological sites and museums, as well as hands-on experiences such as pottery making workshops and traditional culinary classes. The tour is designed to provide an immersive and educational experience for visitors interested in learning about the history and culture of the region. The joint tourist route starts at the Durankulak-Hamangia Archaeological Park in Shabla Municipality, Bulgaria and ends at the "Hamangia" Centre in the town of Cernavoda, Romania;

9. The guiding tour service based on 50+50 wireless headsets – 90 radio spots (30 in Bulgarian, 30 in Romanian and 30 in English language) was developed by the LB. The service was accepted by the LB on 03.11.2023 and the guiding tour was uploaded on the 100 pcs of MP3 players with headphones, purchased by the both project partners;

10. The virtual tour on the objects of the joint tourist route Hamangia was developed by the LB. The service was accepted by the LB on 17.11.2023. The virtual tour is uploaded on the project website available at the following link;

11. The LB purchased 18 all-in-one virtual reality glasses. The equipment was accepted by the LB on 12.10.2023. The virtual reality glasses are located at the archaeological complex “Durankulak - Hamangia”;

12. The development of the joint integrated marketing strategy was finalized. The strategy is uploaded on the project website available at the following link:;

13. The development of the joint integrated management plan of the tourism product "Hamangia" was finalized. The joint management plan is designed to be relevant and applicable to both partners and is accessible on the project website at


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