Cultural and Environmental Route of Central Greece: “OEDIPUS”
“Oedipus, the tragic hero, the legendary King of Thebes, lends his name to an invisible network spreading across Thebes, Delphi, Thermopylae, every corner of Central Greece both known and unknown, transforming it into a holistic cultural tourism product.”
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The Region of Central Greece is designing the “Environmental and Cultural Route of Central Greece-OEDIPUS” programme following a proposal by the DIAZOMA Association.
A branded and holistic cultural tourism product for the Region of Central Greece, the Route is designed around the most significant cultural and natural monuments of the seven selected poles of attraction in the Region: a) Chalkida-Eretria (Euboea), b) Delphi (Parnassus), c) Karpenisi (Evrytania), d) Thermopylae (Kamena Vourla – Lamia- Lamia Castle – Oeta), e) Thebes f) Orchomenus Boetia, g) Skyros. The Route proposed for Central Greece cannot follow a linear model (such as the Via Egnatia Cultural Route) but a “network of routes” template in order to accommodate the natural fragmentation that characterizes Central Greece.
The Route’s Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMO) is the Evia Development Company SA.
Poles of Attraction
The “OEDIPUS” Route’s main poles of attraction are: a) Chalkida-Eretria (Euboea), b) Delphi (Parnassus), c) Karpenisi (Evrytania), d) Thermopylae (Kamena Vourla – Lamia- Lamia Castle – Oeta), e) Thebes f) Orchomenus Boetia, g) Skyros.
Thanks to the collaboration of multiple financial pillars (Sustainable Urban Development, Public Investment Programme, private funding), total funds of 86,100 euros are allocated in support of the programme.
The Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) acts as an umbrella and a liaison (financial and operational), with a budget of 2.5 million euros.