29/05/2017 by Carl Reynolds
Why eschew a good thing? Swimming’s an obsession, so why not where you swim? Think Dover Harbour, Tooting Bec Lido, Abbey Steps, Tinside, Sandycove Island and on and on. Me, I like Fishcombe, but I also like going somewhere warm, where the sea’s not too warm. A week on a Greek Island in late May fits the bill. We’ve been before, we’ll go again. In short, go package – it’s cheaper (check out Thomson or Olympic) and you get the sea almost to yourself. £800 for both of us (50% of the cost of a comparable organised swim holiday); small, but well appointed studio; range of good restaurants around (@€30 for two including starter, beer and dessert); the best patisserie I’ve ever been to (Perfetto) and, off Skala, a three km long stretch of beach with not another soul swimming more than 5 metres out! And the odd boat more than 300m off the shore. We had calm, chop and swell and it was a refreshing 19C. And I saw a live turtle, got mobbed by nesting sea gulls (a little exhilarating) on a more remote headland, saw shoals of fish and not a jelly in sight. A tidy 26km, three books and a regularly satisfied stomach.
Random pictures below. Click to enlarge.