Society "Historical and Architectural Reserve Village Kovachevitza" was established on the 17th of November 2002 and was registered at the Blagoevgrad District Court on the 21st of January 2003 under the Law on the Juridical Bodies for Non-profit Purposes.

The main subject of the Society is to preserve the cultural/historical heritage and to improve the environment in the land of the Kovatchevitsa village as a historical and architectural reserve; to develop the regional infrastructure, to preserve the environment and the natural phenomena, to provide employment to the local residents through cultural tourism development.

As a first step towards achieving their goals, the Society has developed a project for cultural tourism development under Phare Programme of the EC. It has ranked and a grant contract has been signed. The project foresees the restoration of the old school and creation of new tourist products in a historical and architectural reserve.

With the realization of the project, a unique building will be restored and preserved for the future generations - the Popular School bearing the name "Yordje Dimitrov". The adapted building will offer new tourist services and products: a tourist information centre, historical museum, picture and photo-gallery, and an accommodation part.

The project provides also activities connected to the training of the local hoteliers and restaurant personnel, guides, mountain guides; marking of the tourist trails, preservation and popularisation of the authentic folklore of the region.

The offer of those new tourist products of a new quality is going to enhance the development of rural and cultural tourism in the architectural reserve Kovatchevitsa and the region. They are supposed to become an attractive for lasure and tourism area.

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