Five great places for a swimming vacation
Everyone wants different things from their vacations. Some people want to discover different cultures - immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, and sensory overload of somewhere completely different from where you live. Other people want to see sites of historical importance - expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world. Some people just want to be able to lie in the sun - stretch out next to a pool and think about nothing other than which cocktail they’re going to order next.
An interesting travel trend that we’re seeing at the moment is that more and more people are looking to combine their travels with their hobbies or sports.
One of the most popular types of these activity-based vacations is swimming. Compared to some sports or hobbies, swimming is one of those activities that travels easily - a pair of swim-briefs and some goggles don’t take up much room in your luggage, all you need to do is find a suitable stretch of water and dive in.
If you’re thinking about a swimming vacation, here’s some of the destinations that you might want to add to your wish-list.
The coast of Croatia is a stunning part of the world, and perfect for combining short coastal swims with longer distances between the islands. The Dalmatian Coast boasts some of the clearest and bluest water in the Mediterranean. Explore the Sibenik archipelago and the island of Krapanj.
You may not think of Arizona as one of the world’s great swimming destinations, but Lake Powell is a swimmer’s paradise - in summer the water temperature is around 20 degrees. This is a huge man-made reservoir on the Colorado River - you’ll be surrounded by red rocks and sandy beaches as you swim through the clear blue water.
The Red Sea is hugely popular because you’re able to swim over richly populated coral reefs. The coral coastline in this Sinai region of the Red Sea extends for around eight hundred kilometres, bordered by the red mountains to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. The coastal down of Dahab is the best place to start your swimming expedition. Enjoy the year-round sunshine and warm water that makes this an incredible place to swim
It doesn’t get any more idyllic than swimming among dolphins as you island-hop around the Ionian Sea. Explore Ithaca and Kefallonia, discover hidden caves and untouched beaches.
The stretch of coast that extends West from the city of Melbourne - in the south east corner of Australia - is appropriately known as the Shipwreck Coast. This is a treacherous coastline - during the days of maritime expedition and transport a great many ships came to grief on these rocky cliffs. Today, this is one of the most spectacular coastlines to drive along - wending your way along the Great Ocean Road, bordered by the Otway Ranges. The swimming here is ocean swimming - luckily the Australian lifesavers are on standby if you need them.