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Enjoy a week in the remote seaside village of Porto Loutro, which can only be reached by boat!
Swim the vivid waters of the Mediterranean’s southernmost reaches and enjoy coastal swims alongside Crete’s dramatic ‘White Mountains’
Improve your swim technique with video analysis of your stroke and expert feedback from our seasoned guides
Relax in beautiful seafront accommodation at Hotel Porto Loutro On The Hill
Discover the secret treasures, cliff-fringed coastlines, and crystalline waters of one of Europe’s southernmost destinations! A holiday on the idyllic Greek island of Crete is something all swimmers should try. From dramatic coastal cliffs to isolated coves, bays and beaches, this island offers a tapestry of spectacular swim spots and cultural delights.
Our 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 offers modern and comfortable rooms with sea views, located just metres from the water’s edge. It’s the perfect place from which to launch our adventure and soak up the tranquillity of this island paradise.
With a range of stunning coastal swims and unique backdrops of canyons and mountains – plus, a rich history traceable all the way back to the Minoan islanders of 3,650 BC - you’ll have plenty to discover in this fascinating part of the world.
If you would like to explore this Greek island, but are looking for slightly shorter swimming distances, please check out our Crete Discovery - Short Swims trip.
Who is this trip for?
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 swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 3km. The average daily swim distance is around 5km.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- Six nights’ accommodation
- All breakfasts
- One lunch
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Technique advice with video playback
- Overnight stay tax
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Evening meals
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
A totally well run, fun, professional and positive experience for those who love swimming as well As those who want to experience challenge combined with leisure in a beautiful settingMargot M, Australia - 2023
Sian and Mike made the trip a stress-free, and really enjoyable experience. Massive thank you to them both.Jill M, Luxembourg - 2023
I didn’t think it would be possible to match the experience of my first Swim Trek on the Crete Discovery trek, but in fact it was ! I highly recommend this location if you like coastal swims!!Kelly G, Canada - 2023
A perfect week, good company, excellent Cretan food and a beautiful coastline to explore.Simon W, UK - 2022
Top notch as always!Gail C, New Zealand - 2022
Perfect active vacation: superb location, relaxed atmosphere, supportive group.Laurel B, USA - 2022
With our extraordinary SwimTrek guides Francesco, Simon and Apollo, I found myself able to swim further than I ever thought possible - in the most beautiful seas - with a remarkable group of new friends. What a brilliant trip!Karen N, 2021
Another quote!! ' For whatever we lose, it's always ourselves we find by the sea' We didn't have perfect weather on the trip but the guides really did their utmost to make sure we swam as much as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip - location and hotel were gorgeous, guides were really kind and helpful and we were very lucky as our group were lovely and really good fun! Have already been looking at the website and thinking about my next Swimtrek holiday!Dianne C, 2021
The weather threw everything it could at us which meant every day activities and swims were changed. However, this is the best group trip I have ever been on; I met 14 positive, interesting and wonderful individuals who embraced every day with humour and enthusiasm, and together we had the most fantastic adventure. The sea and skies were mainly turbulent but there were waves of happiness, joy and a lot fun throughout. This was my first SwimTrek experience and already looking forward to my next one. :-)Lindsey K, 2021
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