Europe possesses important cultural heritage, with countless cultural expressions, resulting from migrations to overseas colonies in the Modern and Contemporary periods.
Architecture inspired by colonial towns and places in America, Africa, Oceania and Asia, music filtered by the movements backwards and forwards, colonial products like tobacco and chocolate that generated social rituals and behaviour, traditions and historical memory of those who emigrated and one day (especially in the nineteenth century and part of the twentieth century) returned and created a post-colonial culture of great interest and influence in the social, cultural and economic life of their places of origin.
At the present time, a large number of towns and regions in Europe retain the memory and inheritance of an old migratory and colonial past that has influenced what we are like today, what Europe is like today, with its romantic virtues and, often, its historical errors.
European culture undoubtedly owes a great deal to everything it received from its colonies and places of immigration. In recent years, the post-colonial heritage of those who returned (especially after the start of decolonisation processes) has been vindicated by numerous towns and places.
Today, museums, historical memory centres about European emigration, towns and regions that inhabitants emigrated from and to which capitals, cultures and people returned, multi-cultural fairs and festivals, and several political and socio-cultural institutions, remember that not very distant past by organising intense cultural and tourist activity of great repercussion and interest. It therefore comprises a new tourism niche.
In addition, initiatives are emerging in different parts of Europe to empower networking in order to generate consolidated routes and tourist products (heritage, gastronomic, musical, etc.), to produce synergies and share experiences. Destinations and cultural activities based on post-colonial cultures are undoubtedly a resource that can and should be explored and exploited in twenty-first century Europe.