Four underwater museums are going to be founded in the Pagasetic Gulf, as part of the European Union’s BlueMed project. This is an ambitious project, for sure. Its name is Alonnisos submarine museum project. Since the Greek seas hide so many mysteries, it is only fair that access underwater is going to reveal many of them and shed some light to the unknown. Doesn’t that sound amazing? In Thessaly, things are moving fast; the engines have started and the project has begun its implementation. Imagine, an innovative scheme for Greece and the world right in the heart of Greece, unveiling the past and its long kept secrets.
The first underwater museum, or to be more accurate a complex of underwater museums, will feature the oldest shipwreck ever discovered in Greece at Alonnisos submarine museum project. The shipwreck is located in the area of Alonnisos National Marine Park, more specifically Persitera shipwreck in the wider region. This shipwreck dates back to the Classical Era and the 5th century BC. The findings are impressive, featuring well over 3,000 amphorae from the Athenians that were meant to be used for commercial purposes. What is even more impressive than the actual items on display is the mastery of the shipbuilders, who have created everything with attention to the slightest detail.
Other major points of interest will be the Byzantine wreck on the islet of Kikinthos, the shipwreck at Akra Glaros dating to the Byzantine era and the wreck at Telegraphos from the 4th century AD. Visitors will get the chance to dive at a depth of approximately 40 meters below sea level, always accompanied by specialized divers and archaeologists to guarantee a pleasant, insightful and safe tour. Alternatively, they will be able to enjoy virtual tours and still enjoy the safety of the ground. And lastly, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the shipwrecks via boats with glass bottoms for a unique experience.
Focusing on “blue economy”, the Mediterranean countries and particularly Greece will be expanding tourist horizons and opening up to new opportunities in the field of hospitality. Stretching the high season for such activities, these initiatives represent a wonderful option for the future. And the ultimate winner is none other than the traveler!