Santorini Experience

The Santorini Experience is back this weekend

Unique sports tourism event the Santorini Experience is taking place 23-25 September, including an open water swimming route in the shadow of a volcano

Amateur and professional swimmers and runners are descending on the Greek island of Santorini this weekend for a unique sports tourism event, the Santorini Experience.

Jazz Carlin

The Santorini Experience, which is back for its sixth year, includes spectacular new running routes and an established open water swimming route from Santorini’s volcano to the port of Fira.

Expected to take part in the event are Dutch gold Olympic medalist, world champion and 8-time European champion in open water swimming Sharon van Rouwendaal, and the British two-time silver Olympic medalist in open water swimming Jazz Carlin (pictured left).

There’s still time to sign up

Online registration for the ‘L & E Nomikos’ open-water swimming route has closed but participants can still register at Alafouzos Sport, the event’s Official Sports Store, from Thursday, 22 September. Citizens of Thira Municipality can participate for free.

Santorini Experience
Photo by Zagas Photography

The impressive swimming route is 1.5 miles long and starts at the volcano of Santorini, finishing at the the old port of Fira. It was designed by Nikos Gemelos, who has a stellar CV in Olympic and world championship swimming. This swimming event takes place on Sunday 25 September.

Participants can also still sign up for the ‘Daedalic Kore of Thira’ Half Marathon, which takes place on Saturday 24 September.

Englobia, the event’s official travel partner, are providing an array of special offers and discounts for participants of the Santorini Experience. You can find out more here at

The Santorini Experience takes place 23-25 September 2022. For more information visit Are you taking part in the L & E Nomikos open-water swimming route? We’d love to hear your experience – email

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.