The Phoenicians’ Route
The Phoenicians’ Route is the network of the great nautical courses which Phoenicians used since the twelfth century B.C. as their main trade and cultural lines of communication in the Mediterranean Sea. These routes became an integral and basic part of the Mediterranean culture. Nowadays Phoenicians are the intercultural model on which a “Cultural Itinerary of the Council of Europe” is based. This Itinerary passes through the countries of 3 continents and through over 80 towns of Phoenician origin.
Dates and countries
Incorporated into the programme
"The Council of Europe Cultural
Countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, (Palestinian Territories), Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom
The setting up of the international Cultural Itinerary aims at promoting the Mediterranean culture and at strengthening the historical bonds between the Mediterranean countries. The Phoenician cities were the stopping places of a journey along the whole Mediterranean Sea through which people exchanged things, knowledge and experience. In order to tell all that, the Phoenicians’ Route promotes a network of archaeological, ethnic, anthropological, cultural and naturalistic sites, and cultural exchanges between the people and the countries of the Mediterranean. Today the sea reveals the history of the several civilizations that inhabited it, showing how the past can help us to understand our future.
Some of these international emporium to remember are: Mothya, Palermo, Solunto and Selinunte in Sicily, Cagliari, Nora, Solky and Tharros in Sardinia, Cadice and Malaga in south Spain, Ibiza, Marsiglia, Tasos, Crete and Rhodes in Greece, Malta, Cyprus, a lot of cities in Maghreb and Carthago, the capital of a commercial empire. Cartagena, Barcelona, Perpignan, Tuoro and other places remember the epic story of Hannibal, punic leader.
(Photo: Fort Saint Angelo, Malta)