Diving into Greece’s Heritage: Experience of a Lifetime at Ancient Wreck



From Monday, August 3, to Friday, October 2, 2020, divers accompanied by instructors will be able to visit the famous shipwreck of amphorae from the 5th century BC off the islet of Peristera near Alonissos Island.

A fisherman was the first to encounter the ancient shipwreck near the western rocky shore of Peristera in 1985, at a depth of 28 meters (92 feet): a large merchant ship, possibly one from Athens, sank there around 425 BC.

It was loaded with thousands of wine amphorae from Mendi, an ancient city of Halkidiki, and Peparithos, today’s Skopelos, areas known in antiquity for their wine. The huge pile of amphorae, which extends to the sea bottom for a length of 25 meters, gives the impression of the contour and the large dimensions of the ship.

The shipwreck is one of the most important in all of classical antiquity.

Its investigation was carried out by archaeologists and the staff of the Ephorate of Marine Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture, who today take care of the opening of the shipwreck to the public.

The impressive number of amphorae, the excellent condition of the shipwreck and the beauty of the exotic waters, located within the protected area of ​​the National Marine Park of Alonissos, make the Peristera shipwreck a destination that intrigues every experienced diver.

Access to the mysterious world of the seabed, however, is not only for diving friends, but for all visitors to Alonissos, who have the opportunity to enjoy the unique spectacle of the shipwreck, without even getting wet.

In the enchanting alleys of Alonissos Town, the Center for Public Information offers visitors comprehensive information about the history of ancient shipwrecks and even the ability to “virtually dive” to the bottom and “navigate shipwrecks” like a real diver, with technological applications of augmented reality.