BlueMed Plus accessible underwater cultural heritage sites in Montenegro
BlueMed PLUS, the project for more sustainable and innovative underwater archaeological diving routes to enhance and protect the underwater heritage – raising awareness – is a model developed by Unical researchers (University of Calabria – Italy) which has already been tested in Calabria, Greece and Croatia – it will now also be applied in Puglia, Montenegro and Albania.
The BlueMed PLUS project – Capitalization by transferring to new Med territories the BlueMed multidisciplinary model for sustainable and responsible coastal tourism development – was presented as part of the fifth Interreg MED call.
BlueMed Plus: the model
BlueMed Plus model envisages that new methods for the protection of sites and new technologies for use and enhancement are used in a modular way. BlueMed is also implemented thanks to the new technology used including augmented reality for divers and virtual reality for those who do not dive but which allows you to enjoy the spectacle of the seabed from a tablet, thus learning the history of the peoples of the Mediterranean in an interactive way.
“Coordinated by Professor Fabio Bruno del Dimeg (Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering) of the University of Calabria, the project includes the participation of several European partners: the Puglia Region, the Thessaly Region and the Atlantis Consulting company in Greece, the municipality of Vlore in Albania and the municipality of Budva in Montenegro ”.
The National Superintendence for Underwater Cultural Heritage also participates in the project, which coordinates underwater values in accordance with the principles enshrined in the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, adopted in Paris on November 2, 2001.
In 2001, UNESCO approved the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The term (underwater cultural heritage, UCH) includes all traces of human existence having a cultural, historical or archaeological character, which have been partially or completely under water either periodically or continuously for at least 100 years.
Diving in Montenegro: the best sites
Montenegro, being a still young country but where above all sustainable tourism is largely developing, is a perfect place for diving and underwater adventures and much of the depths of its waters are still unexplored.
“The wild beaches of the coast of Montenegro are surrounded by a unique landscape between land and sea. To wrap the flat and sandy beaches or the rocky cliffs are the crystalline waters of the sea, the pretty tourist resorts and the mountains that create a unique landscape “.
The Adriatic Sea hides many wonders on its seabed and among the best sites in Montenegro for those who love underwater adventure are:
- Wreck of Tihany : steamship, which was leased by the Austro-Hungarian navy during the First World War, sunk in Školjić, near the Unije Island.
- Blue cave , natural beauty located on the Lustica peninsula.
- Poseidon City , a labyrinth of natural caves and tunnels in Mala Gora Bay
- Wreck of Oreste : Italian merchant ship in Budva, which sank about 70 years ago while being used by the Italian navy during the Second World War.
- Reef Galiola : cliff with the shape of a pyramid in Budva, where there is also an underwater mine, the remains of the First World War.
- Mamula Island : in the bay of Boka Kotorska, is an island where the fort Mamula was built, around its waters a rich marine fauna lives.
- Wrecks of Dague : wreck of the French navy (First World War): the area is not safe for unexploded mines and requires a certain amount of precautions and attention.