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A highlight of the south east Peloponese is the medieval fortress town of Monemvasia


TIPS WHEN SWIMMING IN GREECE


○ Although some islands appear close enough to swim to, most in the Ionian Sea are used as shipping lanes, and permission may be required from the local port police or coastguards. Check locally.


○ There are strong currents between islands and peninsulas. Check local knowledge – fi shermen are always a good bet.


○ Wear aqua shoes, so your feet are protected from sharp stones and sea urchins found in rocky areas.


○ Brightly coloured swim hats are a must for visibility. ○ Water temperature in the summer months in the Ionian Sea is between 21-25C.


○ Always swim with a buddy, and let someone on land know your plans.


○ Wear plenty of waterproof sunscreen in the summer.


in Halkidiki (also known as Chalkidiki), near Thessaloniki in the north of the country. It is now in its 42nd year, it was most recently won by Xristos Papadopoulos in a time of just over 6 hours. The awards ceremony and welcome at the fi nish shows true Greek hospitality, as swimmers are presented with laurel leaf garlands and champagne – and then comes the party! Even longer than the Toroneos Gulf swim is the Messiniakos


Marathon Swim, at 30km. This takes place at the end of August each year, in the gorgeous waters of the Peloponnese. There are of course many opportunities to undertake your


own swims, particularly around the beautiful coastlines of the Peloponnese in southern Greece. The seas around the region, even at Christmas time, dip to about a minimum of just 15C. A real highlight of the south east Peloponese is the medieval


fortress town of Monemvasia, set in the sea on its own peninsula. To service their summertime swimming needs, locals have even built steps into the ocean on the causeway that joins the island to the mainland. If you fancy a break from the sea, why not try the 4km Lake Plastiras Swim, which usually takes place in July each year. Lake Plastiras is situated in Karditsa, in Thessaly. Here, there are two beaches ideal for swimming, at Pezoula and Lambero. Plastiras is also surrounded by traditional lakeside fi shing villages, so you can enjoy the local cuisine while gazing at stunning views of the mountains. ○


Lisa Stansbie is co-founder, with Mihalis Koumbouzis, of The Big Blue (thebigblueswim.com), a Greek adventure swimming holiday company specialising in swimming in the Ionian Sea. Lisa has swum numerous open water races and routes, both in Greece and the UK.


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