Day 1: Introduction
Welcome to Skopelos! We will be meeting at the hotel, right in front of the amazing Panormos beach at 5:30 pm. You will be thoroughly introduced to the schedule and all the details will be explained and discussed. Relax and get prepared for your swimming adventure!
Day 2: Swim analysis day
After our breakfast we will walk to the beautiful beach in front of our hotel, where we will be swimming for about 1 km. During this introductory swim, your guide will carefully monitor your swimming style and technique. We will be having lunch at a local taverna by the sea and will taste some of the most delicious local dishes. In the afternoon we move to the adjacent Kastani beach, where we will be swimming to a green islet right at the opposite for about 2km. All this swimming area is characterized by golden beaches full of pine trees which are literally washed by the sea. 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: Island Hopping What a day!
Our boat will collect us from the hotel, where we will meet our great skipper. When we reach Repi islet we will dive for a quick (500m) island hopping to Arkos, right opposite from Skiathos. From Arkos we will be heading south, towards our next stop (the end of morning session), the incredibly beautiful Tsougria Island, with sand hills covered with pine trees, ending up in golden sandy beaches. So much beauty in such a small place! We will be having a strong meal on board and continue our island hopping. For the afternoon session we will be swimming along the west coastline of Tsougria, over a scenery of sandy beaches always on our right, and end up at our final swimming destination, the islet of Mikri Tsougria. Don’t forget your evening outfit, because our day will end at the port of Skiathos where we will be spending our evening.
Day 4: Swim from Skopelos to Alonissos
Change of setting. We begin another exploration to a new island, Alonissos, where we will be swimming in the largest marine park in the Mediterranean Sea, a Natura 2000 protected area, habitat of the Monachus monachus monk seals.
Our swim will begin from a beautiful sea cave at Agios Georgios islet near Skopelos, heading towards Mourtias beach in Alonissos. Our boat trip, during which we will be having lunch, will continue up to Patitiri, the port of Alonissos. SwiminGreece being an active volunteer of MOm organization, one of the most active and recognized Greek Non Governmental Organizations for the study and protection of the Mediterranean monk seal, we will be visiting their offices at Patitiri. We will be introduced to their aims and activities, and we will be informed on the sea areas where we can spot monk seals during our swimming trips.
Having swum more than enough kilometers, the rest of the day is free for you to get to know our new beautiful island. You can either get into the boat to our new hotel location at Votsi, or continue your day at Patitiri, visit the worderful Chora of Alonissos and come to the hotel taking the local bus.
Day 5: From Steni Valla to Peristera Island – The island calling
After you wake up, just go out to your balcony: the view is so breathtaking that you immediately feel the need to swim in the calm, friendly waters of Sporades. Our boat will be waiting for us just below out hotel and will be taking us to Steni Valla, right in the middle of the East coast of Alonissos. Just at the opposite, the coast of Alonissos embraces the island of Peristera, forming a fjord-like sea area which looks like a lake, challenging you to swim across and explore it. So let’s swim and explore! A very rewarding, calm and refreshing route will begin right from the cove which is a 50m walk from the hotel, ending up at the East coast of Peristera. Our midday break for lunch and rest will take place at one of the island’s most isolated beaches, just nature and us.
Day 6: Swim in the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest marine park (are you faster than a monk seal?)
Our boat will be taking us along the Northeastern coastline of Alonissos. We will be passing by the Blue Cave and will be heading North to reach Kyra Panagia island and, more specifically, Planetes, a cove so enclosed that the distance from one edge to the other doesn’t exceed 90m. We will be passing through this opening and will be entering the bay which looks like a lake; waters are so calm that you will think you will be swimming in a pool. We will continue swimming towards the South side of the bay and stop inside the bay for a relaxing break. After we rest, the boat will be taking us outside the bay to continue swimming along the South-West coastline of Kyra Panagia. This day’s swimming trip is the longest of all the other trips. Yet it is the most exciting and rewarding; we thought that you shouldn’t miss anything from this unique experience of swimming in such a significant and exquisite Mediterranean habitat. It is not at all unlikely that you will meet a monk seal during your swim…
Day 7: The end of our swimming adventure
We will be having breakfast at the hotel, chatting over our rich experiences. We will be relaxing at the hotel’s swimming pool or at the beach nearby, spending the last moments of our swimming adventure holidays, right before our final "farewell".
We swum in 10 islands, visited the marine park, met great people and became an awesome team. What a trip!
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 see 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.
|Day 1||Panormos Beach
Kastani Beach - Green Islet
|Day 2||Islet Repi-Arkos-Tsougria
Islet Tsougria-Mikri Tsougria
|Day 3||Islet Agios Georgios-Alonissos||2.5 km|
|Day 4||Alonissos - Island Peristera
South Coastline of Peristera
|Day 5||Cove Planetes
South of Island Panagia
|Months||Water Temp. °C||Air Temp. °C|
Suggested hiking routes
|Hiking routes||Walking Distance||Description|
|Panormos Beach - Kastani Beach||2 km||Walk through the pine forest|
|Around and into Glossa Village||1.5 km||A must-do walk in the traditional old village|
|Walk in the Port of Skopelos||1.9 km||Walk around Skopelos village with the beautiful architecture|
|Walk around the Old town of Alonissos||1 km||Beautiful view of the Aegean sea from above|
|Votsi small Port-Patitiri Port||1.5 km||Walk into the nice small ports of Alonissos|