Camino of Southern Istria project announced in Pula

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"Camino of Southern Istria" is the name of a new project that was created as a joint product of the tourist boards in southern Istria, which include Pula, Vodnjan, Fažana, Ližnjan, Medulin and Marčana, with Croatia appearing on the map of world pilgrimage routes.

The Camino route of southern Istria covers 193 kilometres and passes through two cities and four municipalities and should attract more arrivals and multi-day stays, especially before and after the main tourist season, it was said at a press conference at the Pula Tourist Board earlier this week.

According to the director the Pula Tourist Board Sanja Cinkopan Korotaj, the project applied for a grant from the United Tourist Boards Fund in 2022 which has an allocation of €13,273. In 2023 €20,000 was awarded for the project.

"The money was specifically spent for a traffic study, trail markings, creation of visuals, photos, Camino passports, stamps and compostelas," she said.

Cinkopan Korotaj pointed out that the Camino route was realised on the initiative and in cooperation with the Confraternity of St. James from Samobor, which in 2017 became part of the eponymous Confraternity from Santiago de Compostela and which is the certified publisher of the Croatian pilgrimage passport - a valid document for pilgrims on all European routes of St. Jacob.

The opening of the Camino route of Southern Istria is planned for Saturday, 4 May along the path from Vodnjan to Fažana. From 1 to 5 May the Adria Camino Festival will be held in Pula with numerous workshops presenting Camino destinations and an exclusive screening of the new Camino film, "The Way, My Way" by Bill Bennett.