Swim in a natural miracle: the Cyclades experience


Day 1: Introduction

schday5Our very first meeting takes place in our hotel at 6:30 pm. After a welcome drink, you will be thoroughly introduced to the schedule and all the details will be explained and discussed. Right in front of your lodging, the sea and the rocks form natural pools where you may rest and relax. The perfect way to get prepared for your swimming adventure!



Day 2: The ancient swim and the white lunar beach

schday2Our adventure begins! First, we have a light breakfast at our hotel’s beautiful courtyard in front of the sea. Then, our boat will take us to the area of Ellinika in Kimolos for our introductory, training swim. Get ready for a swim over the breathtaking scenery of a sunken necropolis – a whole ancient town lies underwater.

During this introductory swim your guide will carefully monitor your swimming style and technique. We will be having lunch at one of the tavernas by the sea and taste some of the most delicious local dishes. After some rest, we will continue our swimming towards the unique and fabulous Prassa bay, with aquamarine-colored water and white, chalk-like sand. In the early evening we will have an optional swimming analysis session where we will discuss on open-water techniques and tips to improve your overall performance.

Day 3: First island hopping to Polyaigos, the biggest uninhabited island of the Aegean

schday3A very promising, exciting day begins, with our first island hopping. After a healthy breakfast we head to the amazing, unspoiled “jewel” island of Polyaigos, the largest uninhabited island of the Aegean and among the biggest in the Mediterranean Sea, an area protected by the Natura 2000 European ecological network. We will be starting from the Goupa fishing settlement at the Eastern coastline of Kimolos and will be swimming towards the sunny, sandy beach of Agia Anna at Polyaigos west coast. We relax and have lunch onboard while our skipper takes us to one of the most amazing places on the island, a beautiful “roofless” cave with emerald water. We will enjoy our meal in a scenery of unique beauty and tranquility and will have some relaxing dives into the cool water. On our way towards the South part of the island, we will be literally thrown into the water and swim for about 2,5 km heading towards Cape Kalogeros, a block of sharp-edged cliffs contrasting with the deep blue water. A swimming route full of alternating, colorful, geologically rich landscapes.

Day 4: The Lighthouse beach

schday4 2Get ready to swim to heaven! Since one swimming day at Polyaigos is not enough, our boat will take us there once again to discover the rest of its beautiful beaches. Following a marvelous swimming path of 3 km along South-East Polyaigos, we end up at a natural heaven, a marvelous tranquil beach which looks like a painting. On its one side you will discover a cave hidden behind the rocks and a streamlet flowing behind the beach. Perched at the top of the high rocks an old lighthouse overlooks the captivating scenery. We will be having a beach party lunch (!) and we will take our time to relax and enjoy moments of euphoria and tranquility in this secluded beach (just nature and us). Having swum more than enough kilometers, our pilot will take us back to Kimolos, where we are free to spend the rest of the day discovering its wonderful and peaceful capital village, “Chorio”, getting to know its great, friendly people and tasting some of the delicious local dishes. Alternatively, you can try some hiking along our suggested routes to enjoy the famous sunset in Cyclades. Later at night our boat will take you back to the hotel in Pollonia (if it is too late, you can take the ferry…).   

Day 5: A course full of highlights

schday6_2For this day, we have planned a unique tour along astonishing, alternating landscapes. Starting from Pollonia, we will be swimming along the Northern coastline of Milos, tracking some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Volcanic rocks, sandy beaches, fishing villages and rocky passages are some of the highlights of this course along Glaronissia, Sarakiniko, Papafragos, Mandrakia and Firopotamos.




Day 6: The top of a breathtaking experience

sch day6For the 6th day, we have saved the most exciting way to finish our swimming adventure. Early in the morning the boat will be taking us from Pollonia to Thiorichio (Sulfur mine), an incomparable beach lying right in front of an abandoned sulfur mine, a spectacular industrial age ruin. From there we will swim along the Southeast part of Milos, one of the most interesting and beautiful coastlines in Greece, full of impressive rock formations and extraordinary beaches. We end our morning session at Palaiochori, where we will admire the geological miracle of Milos reflected on the natural colors of the cliffs. We will then have a rest and a light meal on board, while the boat continues its tour along the South coastline rewarding us with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes an eye can see, such as the spectacular Gerakas and Tsigrado beaches and the massive white rocks forming caves and passages at the area of Firiplaka, Pounta, Psathi and Katergo. We will be stopping at Gerontas beach and we will dive heading towards one of the most promiment Milos' landmarks, Kleftiko, where the white limestone rock formations contrast with the turquoise crystal clear water. One of the most breath taking views a swimmer can experience. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular scenery, dive over and over again, take pictures, and rest. Whenever we feel good and ready, we will head back to Pollonia for a special farewell night.

Day 7: The end of our swimming tour

schday4We will have our breakfast at the hotel, chatting over our moments and experiences together. We will enjoy the last moments of our swimming tour resting and diving into the natural pools in front of the hotel, right before our final "farewell".

Thank you for being a part of SwiminGreece, and for joining our SwiminGreece family. We hope you enjoyed your open water swimming experience with us, and we hope to seen you soon  for a new swimming adventure.

Our major concern is your safety. To avoid possibly unsafe situations, all our tours are designed with seasonal, local weather conditions being taken into account. Keeping this in mind, swimming routes are flexible to alterations or changes if the conditions are assessed as likely to put our swimmers at any possible risk.

Swimming Distances

DaysItinerarySwimming Distance
Day 1 Ellinika Beach
Prasa, the white beach
1.7 km
2 km
Day 2 Island Kimolos - Island Polyaigos
Coastline Swimming - Polyaigos
2 km
2 km
Day 3 All day swimming along the North
coastline of Milos
2.5 km
Day 4 South coastline swimming of Polyaigos
The Lighthouse beach
2.5 km
3 km
Day 5 Thiorichio - Palaiochori
Gerontas Beach - Kleftiko
2.5 km
2.5 km


MonthsWater Temp. °CAir Temp. °C
May 21 30
June 22 34
July 24 36
August 25 36
September 24 33
October 22 28

Suggested hiking routes and description

Hiking routesWalking DistanceDescription
Pollonia - Filakopi - Papafragos beach 3 km Walk to one of the greatest cities of the prehistoric Aegean

Plaka - Ancient theatre
Early Christian catacombs
Klima Village

1.5 km A must-do walk into history

Tour highlights

  • Exploring the sea caves, rocky tunnels and arches of Milos coastline
  • Swimming over the breathtaking scenery of an ancient town at the area of Ellinika in Kimolos
  • Relaxing on the marvelous deserted beaches of Polyaigos, the biggest uninhabited Greek island
  • Walking through the narrow streets of the scenic, traditional "Chorio", the capital of Kimolos, and talking with its friendly, welcoming people
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