From chumaks to tourists: a new tourist route “Shpak’s Way” “Shpak’s Way” was the name of a strategic road used by Chumak caravans in ancient times. It passed through the Kodymshchyna, the northernmost district of the Odessa region The historical, cultural and economic significance of this route cannot be overemphasized. For example, in the middle of the 19th century, 30,000 chumaks were driving along the Black Sea and Azov coasts, carrying 120,000 carts of not only salt but also fish, nuts, dried fruit, wine, hops, silk and carpets. Carts with butter and linseed oil, grain, leather, wool, fur and wood were heading in the opposite direction - to the Crimea, the Black Sea and the Azov regions. Due to this long journey, people were able to receive not only food and household goods, but also new ideas and cultural traditions. The intercultural exchange that took place during the travels enriched and diversified the lives of people along the way. Dramatic events also took place on this old path - Crimean Tatars made there their raids, while the gaydamaks fought there for their freedom, robbing passing travellers from time to time. One of the well-known Gaydamak leaders was Fedir Shpak. People called this path Shapk’s route exactly in his honor. By the way, the Shpak’s personality is enveloped in mystery and legends. He was able to bring the Chumak strings of carts so that they became invisible to villains and protected from any danger. On the cultural and tourist route “Shpak’s Way”, you will learn a lot of interesting stories from the Chumak times and observe the unique historical and natural attractions of the Kodymshchyna: a miraculous wind mill, limestone mines, ravines and caves, healing wells and Cossack high crosses. For detailed information on the cultural and tourist route of “Shpak’s Way”, please visit the website http://shpak-way.com and subscribe to Facebook and Instagram profiles as well as to the project channel on YouTube. The project is being implemented as part of the programme “Culture. Tourism. Regions” with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, the USAID programme “Competitive Economy of Ukraine” and the SME.DO Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Development.