The Underwater Archaeological Museum of Peristera, off the Northern Sporades island of Alonissos, which has attracted attention all over Europe, has now won a prestigious European honor for its unique offerings and the sustainable way in which they are explored.
The Region of Thessaly won first prize in the category of “Innovation & Digitalization in Sustainable Cultural Tourism/Smart Destinations,” part of the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards, which are sponsored by the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN).
The award, given for the work of the Underwater Museum of Peristera off the Aegean island of Alonissos, is part of the ECTN’s promotion of innovative alternative tourist products with added value for the economy and culture.
The ECTN has members in nineteen countries across the continent, including thirteen European Union member nations and six other countries.
The very first underwater archaeological museum in Greece opened in August of 2020, showcasing not only an extremely important historic wreck off the tiny island of Peristera which has been called “The Parthenon of Shipwrecks,” but also the wealth of marine life there. The entire area around Peristera and Alonissos is also part of the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades since it is a protected habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal.
There is an associated museum on land on the island of Alonissos, where visitors who cannot scuba dive to the site can “visit” the wreck virtually and by viewing exhibits on display there.