Lead partner country:

PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

The development of cross-border tourism in partnership

Lead PartnerCommune of Łaszczów (Poland)

Partnership Town Council of Zhovkva (Ukraine)

Total budget417 860,00 €

Programme Contribution376074,00 €

Duration12 months

Measure1.2. Tourism development

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.02.00-06-395_11

The aim of the project is to improve the tourist infrastructure of Łaszczów and Zhovkva, develop tourism services and promote historic values of the towns. Although small and peripherally located, the towns have a hundreds years' history, which has left valuable treasures. Łaszczów is located in the Lubelskie voivodeship, on the border of the Roztocze region and the Lublin Upland, in the area of uniquely picturesque and unspoilt nature.¬ It was granted a town status already in 1549. Since 17th century until the Second World War it was inhabited by a large Jewish community, reminded of by the ruins of the synagogue.¬ The commune is a region of vegetable production and every year the festival of broccoli and cauliflower is held in its capital, with tasting of dishes prepared by local housewives as greatest attraction.

Zhovkva is a town located in the region of Lviv and its monuments are associated with Polish history.¬ The castle, built by the founder of the city, Hetman Stanisław Żółkiewski, in 17th century became a favourite residence of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski.¬ The Baroque Sobieski Palace has undergone full restoration financed with EU funds. The most attractive monuments of the town include also 17th century collegiate church of St. Lawrence, wooden church of 1705, the synagogue, as well as three hundred year-old townhouses at the Market Square.¬ The joint project is the result of many years' cooperation between the authorities of Zhovkva and Łaszczów commune, who already in 2008 concluded an agreement. The investment project was primarily based on the promotional activities aimed at tourists.¬ These include compilation and production of albums depicting the cultural and historical heritage, preparation of sponsored radio and newspaper articles, as well as advertising items, such as mugs, postcards, banners, t-shirts, prints.

The Ukrainian partner is preparing a film about the past times of Zhovkva, its monuments and offer of tourist services, and will organize historical exhibition and purchase audio guides for visitors, as well as will mark the monuments with information boards. The tower of Zhovkva town hall, built in 1932 in neo-baroque style, will receive the renovated viewing balcony. The task of Łaszczów in the framework of the project consists in mapping out of tourist thematic paths within the commune and placing information boards along the route. The town centre has already received a beautiful square with a fountain, with an area of more than 3.5 thousand sq. m. The project results significantly increase the importance of the borderland region as an attractive place for tourists, and offer opportunities for the residents to initiate and develop business activity. Working meeting of partners during project implementation works facilitate the exchange of experiences and inspire to take further steps towards economic and cultural development of the towns, as part of the broadly understood cooperation of the residents and institutions.