Explore Greece's First Underwater Museum And Take A Dive Into History


Ili •  Aug 02, 2021

There are many reasons why every traveller should visit Greece at least once in their lifetime. It's a beautiful Mediterranean country filled with breathtaking views and historical landmarks. Recently, they've just added another amazing attraction and that's the country's first underwater museum!

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The museum beneath the waves at Peristera, a rocky outcrop off the island of Alonissos, opened in 2020, though the site has been largely mothballed until now due to Covid-19 restrictions. As Greece opens up its vital tourism industry, the site offers an example of a new and more sustainable source of revenue.

Divers like Fercher and Danish wine-cellar maker, Lisette Fredelund, are willing to pay 95 euros (RM 470) a dive - about 50 percent more than the cost of a regular recreational scuba outing - for a guided tour of a site once the preserve of professional archaeologists. “It was just amazing,” said Fredelund. “I was just, while we were down there, trying to imagine what it had been like being on a vessel transporting wine.”

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More wrecks have been discovered in the area, the middle of the country’s largest marine reserve, holding out the prospect that more such museums will open. According to Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, Greece has made diving part of its focus to attract visitors since legislation passed in 2020 making it possible to access such sites

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