Progetto Mediterranea expedition resumes its journey and enters its fourth year of navigation in the Mediterranean. Mediterranean vessel, a 60-foot-powered cutter ketch designed by Michel Bigoin, continues the route, carrying out its three objectives: nautical, cultural and scientific. Between May and September it will be in the Western Mediterranean, between Sardinia and Corsica, to then follow the coast of France and Spain – where cultural meetings will take place in the cultural program – and finally complete the 2018 Route in Portugal. Like every year, the expedition opens its doors to its friends and supporters, because Progetto Mediterranea is a co-sailing system, supported and carried out by 52 passionate people, the Mediterraneans, who alternate on board and carry out cultural, scientific and sailing research activities within what, first of all, is a social experiment of sharing: a different way of conceiving property, use, travel, cohabitation, discovery. In fact, next to the Mediterraneans, in weeks established, the Amici of Mediterranea can join, that is, all those who wish to share the values and experiences of the Mediterranean Project, even if only for a part of its route.
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Between May and September we will sail from Trapani to Lisbon, on an all-European route. The main harbours are those shown on the map and there will be changes in the crew, while during navigation there will be stops in bays and any small intermediate ports. We will sail along Sardinia and Corsica to then head towards Nice, crossing the Pelagos – Santuario dei Cetacei, a splendid protected marine area between Tuscany, Sardinia and the Provencal coast. We will then continue to Marseille and Barcelona, where there will be an opportunity to attend the meetings provided for by the cultural program. The stop in these two cities could therefore be prolonged (up to 4 days). After Barcelona we will continue sailing between the Balearic islands, then return to the Spanish coast and proceed towards the Strait of Gibraltar. From here, we will reach Lisbon.