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Mediterranean Turkey Swimming Holiday
Swimming in Turkey was a special experience and one that I will never forget. We were based in Kas, which is a small, vibrant coastal town in South West Turkey.
The sea was crystal clear, a balmy 21-22C (in May) and had lots of interesting sea life to admire. The air temperature was in the mid to high 20s every day and conditions were pretty perfect for really fantastic swims.
We saw so many sea turtles and the locations for the swims were absolutely idyllic. We enjoyed swims at various locations including coastal swims around the Kas peninsular, exploring sheltered bays, coastal swims backed by dramatic cliffs and mountains, a swim over the top of ancient underwater ruins as well as a morning completing island hopping where our swim connected 5 islands.
On our last day we visited a Greek island and took a swim along the coastline there. Some of us took an optional boat trip to ‘Blue Cave’, which was accessed by a small hole in the cliff face and opened into a huge cavern. The way the light entered the cave turned the water into a vivid blue, we took a dip from the dingy and had some fun.
Every day we travelled from Kas’ small harbour and out into the beautiful, blue Mediterranean ocean. Borut Strel (our lead guide) decided on the best locations for the days swimming, taking careful consideration of the conditions to make sure we got the most from our adventure. The boat was very comfortable and had space for sun bathing and relaxing. A special mention is deserved for the Turkish family who own the gullet that we cruised on every day. They were so hospitable and friendly and the fresh Turkish cuisine that they prepared for our lunches on the boat every day was to die for! Safety during the swims was paramount and we were well looked after by two guides on separate crafts as well as the Turkish boat.
Hotel Maki was ideal for our stay. It is positioned a short walk away from the vibrant Kas town, minutes from the harbour, restaurants and interesting shops. Every evening our group walked into Kas and chose a different restaurant to eat at. The meals were good value for money and on more than one occasion I was tempted by a post dinner ice cream to eat as we walked around Kas, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere.
The town is geared up for tourists on diving excursions and several people in my group stayed on a couple of days to make the most of the high quality dive sites. There are several interesting day trips that you can take from Kas if you chose to stay on for extra days.
Truly, swimming in Turkey was very special and a holiday of a lifetime.
It really was a perfect location for some top swimming and I will never forget the experience. For keen swimmers of all abilities I would really recommend this trip.
Thank you Strel Swimming team, I will be back soon!
Laura, UK, visited in May 2015
Laura, UK, visited in May 2015