Din Timișoara în jurul Europei pe apă

Translation of the article:

From Timisoara around Europe on water

Wild Watch Association announces the launch of CIRCUMEUROPA, the first river-sea expedition of a Romanian crew around Europe.

The perspective of this unique expedition in Romania encompasses both the scientific dimension by researching the level of pollution of the waters through which the crew will navigate, and the cultural one, sailing and generating performances in over 15 of the current and former European Capitals of Culture. Linking 5 rivers, 4 seas, an ocean and 5 straits, with a boat, the ideal ambassador of the fact that Timisoara is also accessible from the water, through this cultural-scientific exploration we identified the need to raise awareness that the Bega River can be an important gateway to any place in Europe. Starting from Romania, the route of the exploration includes Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Malta, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, passing through some of the current and former European Capitals of Culture.

“Healthy waters are fundamental to all life on earth, but unfortunately they are at a critical juncture right now. Culture is essential to our becoming intelligent beings. Sport is the foundation of human health. We are determined to do all we can to help. It is a huge challenge to become proactive in the coming years when we talk about the environment and culture. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact at European level. Through Culture, Science and Sport we have the power to accelerate change, we have no time to lose.” Cristian Ilea, initiator of CIRCUMEUROPA.

To kick-start this expedition with cultural and research implications, the CIRCUMEUROPA team is open to collaborations, encouraging the involvement of funders and partners.

In this regard, we invite those who wish to collaborate to contact us by e-mail and telephone (contact@circumeuropa.com +40723226640 – Cristian Ilea).

Stages of CIRCUMEUROPA 2022/2023

1 September – 30 November 2022

  • Timisoara – Novi Sad
  • Novi Sad – Sulina
  • Sulina – Istanbul
  • Istanbul – Thessaloniki
  • Thessaloniki – Athens
  • Athens – Eleusis 2023
  • Eleusis 2023 – Patras
  • Patras – Matera
  • Matera – Valletta
  • Valletta – Genoa
  • Genoa – Marseille
  • Marseille – Gibraltar


15 April – 1 July 2023

  • Gibraltar – Lisbon
  • Lisbon – Porto
  • Oporto – San Sebastian
  • San Sebastian – Bruges
  • Bruges – Rotterdam
  • Rotterdam – Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam – Essen
  • Essen – Linz
  • Linz – Pecs
  • Pecs – Novi Sad
  • Novi Sad – Timisoara

Exploration as a state of mind has always been one of the driving forces of human evolution. The time has come for evolution to mean exploration with the aim of saving: marine life, wildlife and stopping pollution.

About Wild Watch

A non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in 2015 in Timisoara, Wild Watch aims to develop projects to protect the environment by promoting a responsible attitude towards nature and wildlife.


This expedition aims to research the pollution level of the waters through which the crew will sail, promote the Bega waterway and the city of Timișoara as a port on the North Sea or the Black Sea, promote Timișoara artists in the most important cities of Europe, promote yachting among young people and last but not least, promote the European Capital of Culture Timișoara 2023 program in some of the former Cultural Capitals of Europe that are located along the coast of our continent.

About the founder

Cristian Ilea has been an image director for over 25 years, founded the Wildlife Romania project, the first virtual Zoo with wild animals in the wild, has been sailing for over 20 years and is the president/founder of Wild Watch since 2015.