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Greece’s first underwater museum on Alonnisos

Take your next trip to the island where the lush green of the mountain meets the blue seawaters and explore its remarkable underwater world.

We have good news for all you diving fans: the first underwater museum in the country is ready to welcome divers from Monday August 3rd to Friday October 2nd 2020. The 5th c. B.C. shipwreck near Peristera Islet (SE of Alonissos) can be visited by scuba divers or free divers in the company of diving instructors accredited by the Ministry of Culture and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. The discovery of the wreck was made by a fisherman in 1985, off the west coast of Peristera Islet.

The vessel is believed to have been an Athenian merchant ship, which sailed from ancient Mendi town, Halkidiki, to Peparithos (modern-day Skopelos) Island, with a load of wine amphoras, and sank on the location, circa 425 B.C. Both areas were known for producing wine in antiquity. The pile of amphoras covers the length of the ship, and reveals the contour of this sizeable boat.

There is a set of conditions and rules in place, related to the safety of antiquities, which must be followed during your diving exploration of this newly accessible underwater archaeological site.

Those of you who are not diving fans fret not!

You can all -young and old- have a similar experience at the Centre for Information and Public Awareness, on Alonnisos Island. Information on the history of shipwrecks is available there and the use of new technologies, such as virtual reality, will help you experience a diving trip on the island’s mysterious sea bed, that will feel like the real thing!
The thrilling sensation of discovering the sea floor’s secrets; the remarkable condition of the sunken vessel’s remains; and the amazing turquoise crystal clear waters all serve to enhance the beauty of this must-visit destination.

This endeavour – the first of its kind – was realised thanks to the BLUEMED European Programme, which is aimed at creating the right conditions for the diving community to enjoy the underwater beauty & historic sites of Greece.

Enjoy the experience!

Greece’s first underwater museum on Alonnisos

03/08/2020 - 02/10/2020
Location: AEGEAN ISLANDSSPORADESAlonissosAlonissos

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The underwater museum can be visited free of charge. For more info, call the Alonnisos Municipal Office or visit the Centre for Information and Public Awareness in Chora, Alonissos. Municipality of Alonnisos tel.: +30 2424350201 (Monday to Friday 7.00 – 15.00) Centre for Information and Public Awareness in Chora, Alonissos: Opening Hours: 17.00 – 21.00

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