A public-private co-operation effort to boost European coastal destinations and SMEs
From the sea-shore remains of the theaters of the Roman Empire, to the sharp skills of Croatian ship builders that allowed Venice to establish control of the Adriatic Sea in the 9th century or the coastal towns that saw Portuguese and Spanish mariners depart in search of new worlds in the 15th and 16th century, the Route gives wings to a European travel adventure that revolves around the extraordinary history and cultural heritage of ancient and modern European maritime civilizations and societies.
Nowadays, European coastal towns are a thriving, although often unknown, source of history and cultural traditions that speak of our ancient connections to the Oceans and the Seas. Together, they web an invisible network of maritime culture “hotspots” that comes alive in museums, living fishing communities, pantheons devoted to famous mariners, ports and harbors, historical sites, exhibitions…a melting pot of ancient, traditional and modern maritime customs and knowledge that touches the curiosity and spirit of any sea lover.
Project Curioseaty aims to connect the great market potential of water sports to the inimitable European maritime heritage, appealing to the passion of nautical practitioners for the Sea. The Route will unveil such heritage and make it visible and accessible to nautical practitioners, signaling Europe as the best destination for the practice of water sports - not only for its existing, state-of-the-art nautical infrastructure - but also for offering to experience a world of maritime history and culture that is unique and can only be found in the Old Continent.
Curioseaty will connect our European nautical destinations to the cultural and historical values of our territories, adding new incentives to the practice of nautical sports: reviving the ancient, mysterious and adventurous world of European maritime civilizations and mariners. The Route will flow at its inception along the coasts of Spain, France, Italy, Croatia and the Madeira Islands in Portugal, but the project will seek to engage other European coastal destinations in the future. Through the Project, European nautical destinations and tourism SMEs will be given tools and means to collectively improve their competitiveness through co-opetition, in the framework of an ambitious, European public-private partnership emerging under the leadership of the European Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations.