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SwimTrek Crete Discovery

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SwimTrek Crete Discovery is an 7-day swim vacation held on Crete in May, June, July, August, September and October that is one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims, organized by SwimTrek. Participants can discover the stunning coastlines and crystal clear waters of one of Europe’s southernmost destinations with an unforgettable swimming holiday on the idyllic Greek island of Crete. From dramatic coastal cliffs to isolated coves, bays and beaches, the island is full of spectacular locations to explore and enjoy.


The base for the week is the remote coastal village of Porto Loutro, which can only be reached by boat, hiking or, of course, swimming. Hotel Porto Loutro on the Hill, which offers modern and comfortable rooms with sea views, is located just meters from the water’s edge and is the perfect place from which to enjoy the tranquillity of this island paradise. With a range of stunning coastal swims, beautiful natural scenery and a long and rich history which dates back to the Minoan civilisation that occupied the island as far back as 3,650 BC, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to discover this truly fascinating part of the world.

This trip is ideal for the swimmer who wants to be based in one of Europe’s most remote villages, situated right on the water’s edge. The trip features idyllic coastal swimming, along with a chance to discover some of the amazing underwater vistas which make this coastline so special. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 5 km.


Fully guided swimming holiday in Crete, Greece, swim guides and full safety escort on all swims, technique coaching and video analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, lunch on Day 5.


Crete is Greece's largest island and known for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. Mt. Ida, the tallest of the range, is home to the Ideon Cave, which was the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. The capital, Heraklion, is home to the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum, housing Minoan artifacts, and Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement.

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