European Projects Building on the "Ano Magniton Nisoi" project


TOURAL is implemented in the framework of Horizon Europe (HORIZON). TOURAL focuses on creative & cultural tourism as drivers for sustainable development, offering an empowered regional cooperation and integrated local value-chains. TOUTAL proposes a model to support tourism development of participating rural regions, balancing the growth of urban clusters. The approach of the project is multi-dimensional in terms of addressing complementary tourism sectors (underwater cultural and natural heritage, cultural and creative tourism, cultural and scientific tourism). The main goal of the project is the co-creation of business models and tourism products, as well as the planning and business development with intergraded value-chains. The scope of interventions includes 3 regions from the Adriatic-Ionian Sea (Greece, Italy, Croatia) and 3 regions from the Black Sea (Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine).

The project’s total budget amounts to 2.999.927€ , its duration is 36 months and consists of 20 partners coming from countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Croatia, Albania, France and Ukraine.


ecoRoute is implemented in the frame of European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF). The main objectives of the project are the design and implementation of a multidimensional approach fostering smart Underwater Cultural and National Tourism, enabling their transformation to smart UCNT destinations, with a new ecological focus that draws on natural and cultural resources, diversifying and developing smart UCNT services for the benefit of both residents and visitors. 

ecoRoute expected outcomes and impacts include, among others, the addressing of seasonality into tourism planning, extending the tourism season from 6 to almost 12 months, and the support of existing tourism value chains to bloom and new ones to emerge. 

The total budget of the project amounts 1.176.466€ and its duration is 30 months.

ART4SEA project aims to the creation of a program of transnational and interdisciplinary corporations that includes artists, creative professionals, digital media experts and marine scientists to produce a combination of physical and digital artworks focused on raising awareness for ocean degradation and climate change, in order to motivate people to create an eco-friendly behaviour. In ART4SEA 24 international artists will be selected through an open call and trained on a) main environmental issues that scientists handle, b)Ocean Literacy methods, c) sustainable practices in art and d) digital technologies such as virtual (VR), augmented (AR) and mixed (MR) reality. Three small islands in the Mediterranean, Alonissos in Greece, Ustica in Italy, and Gozo in Malta, will host a distributed residency program, where artists will be inspired by the beautiful natural environments, ancient maritime traditions and direct relationships with locals to create born-digital and material artworks.

BCThubs will establish in Greece, Bulgaria and Malta, Blue Culture Technology Excellence Hubs, as permanent structures supporting with new innovative solutions and products, the sustainable protection, restoration, valorization, management, accessibility and promotion of Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH).

Although the new Hubs are scoped regionally, they are interconnected and oriented towards national & international synergies pursuing cross-border collaborations on common strategic goals and alongside value adding chains.

Each Excellence Hub brings together all regional/national actors related to Blue Culture and UWCH, including research/academia, businesses, public sector, and societal actors, which will mutually reinforce their capacities and effectiveness, towards raising innovation excellence in sustainable Blue Economy/Culture in respective regions.

   CREAMARE στοχεύει στη δημιουργία ενός πλαισίου διακρατικής και διατομεακής συνεργασίας στο οποίο πολιτιστικοί οργανισμοί, επιστημονικοί/ερευνητικοί φορείς, δημιουργικοί επαγγελματίες και ειδικοί τεχνολογίας παράγουν από κοινού ψηφιακές εφαρμογές και πολυμέσα για την επικοινωνία, τη διάδοση και την προώθηση της Ενάλιας Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς (ΕΠΚ). Ταυτόχρονα, το έργο ευαισθητοποιεί σχετικά με διάφορα προβλήματα των ωκεανών, όπως η ρύπανση και άλλες περιβαλλοντικές απειλές.

CREAMARE aims to create a Serious Game in which the player will be able to visit highly realistic 3D digital replicas of underwater cultural sites, solving enigma and challenges thus learning about both the UCH. In addition, build the capacities of cultural institutions to autonomously create 3D models and digital contents of UCH and to use those datasets to monitor the conservation state of the cultural assets and, at the same time, to share them for the creation of digital apps addressed to communication and dissemination purposes. A residency program combined with on-line mentoring activities will facilitate the co-production, engaging also 6 external creative professionals selected through an open call.

The purpose of i-blueCulture is to offer an insurmountable “dry” experience of underwater reality to the visitor with the possibility of augmented reality elements within an underwater geolocation, as well as at a museum or visitor information center on land, which provides the ability to “navigate” within the live broadcasted underwater image.

The pilot sites of the project are three byzantine shipwrecks located at ’Vasilikos’ in Peristera island in Alonissos at the depth of 55-60 meters with 3000-4000 amphorae and dated to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries AD.

i-Scuba Diving is an Innovative Remote Immersion System in Underwater Environments, that will enable divers, using common underwater cameras and through a crowdsourcing platform, to create and share their own three-dimensional (3D) model of an underwater of cultural, environmental or diving interest and digital material such as photos, videos and texts. There will be also the ability of creation of a Virtual Reality environment based on the 3D model with Augmented Reality information.

U-archaeo-RoV aims to the promotion of scientific research through digital technologies, in order to contribute substantially to protection and promotion of Underwater Cultural Heritage. 

In the frame of the project, an innovative semi-automatic RoV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), with a maximum operating depth down to 120 meters and two haptic robotic arms with three arm joints, operators and stereoscopic cameras.  

U-archaeo-RoV system innovates and significantly supports Underwater Cultural Heritage, enhancing safety and accuracy of the research in the field and reducing the high cost and long duration. At the same time, it contributes to the protection and promotion of UWC.

   BLUEMED είναι ένα ευρωμεσογειακό έργο που προωθεί την ανάδειξη και προστασία της ενάλιας πολιτιστικής και φυσικής κληρονομιάς της Μεσογείου με σκοπό την ανάπτυξη του βιώσιμου τουρισμού στην περιοχή μέσα από τη δημιουργία Επισκέψιμων Ενάλιων Αρχαιολογικών Χώρων και τη λειτουργία Κέντρων Ευαισθητοποίησης της Γνώσης (KACs) με χρήση καινοτόμων τεχνολογιών, όπως επαυξημένη και εικονική πραγματικότητα. Ήδη τα πρώτα δύο KACs σε Αλόννησο και Αμαλιάπολη λειτουργούν  , ως κέντρα ενημέρωσης και ευαισθητοποίησης του ευρύτερου κοινού.

MaR-e-BoX aims at promoting the European Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage through awareness of cultural and natural wealth and public awareness. In this endeavor, new technologies and part of the Cultural and Creative industry are used for enhancing cultural / artistic experiences in exhibitions (e.g. in museums and art galleries) and to highlight new forms of creative collaboration between artists, scientists, engineers, archaeologists, and other organizations.

MeDryDive is a European Union co-financed project (COSME programme) that supports the “Dive in History” tourism product and at the same time promotes the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Greece, Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. MeDryDive incorporates elements of the Cultural and Creative Industry such as Augmented Reality applications and educational games that will enrich the tourist experience and stimulate interest in the Underwater Cultural Heritage. MeDryDive will develop a transnational tourism product, a Dry Dive serious game, an AR app for visitors to enjoy in public space and a promotional video of the diving activities available in the Mediterranean pilot sites.

An innovative tourism-cultural product entitled "Dive in History" was created with the cooperation of the European Commission, through the European Union's project "Underwater Cultural Route in Classical Antiquity”. The participation of Greece and Italy in this project is evidence of their common interest in underwater antiquities as well as of their common heritage and shared cultural values.

Project uBlueTec emphasizes on the creation, training and dissemination of underwater technologies, offering digital/blue courses and skillsets to achieve a sustainable and decreased carbon footprint Blue Economy. uBlueTec is based on a participatory approach with durable partnerships among universities, VET providers, clusters and SMEs; all active members of blue economy value networks. During the project, among others, a dedicated platform will be created to mitigate the existing skill gap and the respective matchmaking in blue jobs and cooperations of the blue sector.