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Live the ‘Santorini Experience’ – Registration Now Open!

Photo by Elias Lefas

Professional and amateur athletes are invited to live the 3rd “Santorini Experience” on October 6-8 and get an adrenaline rush by taking part in the exciting running and swimming races on the island of Santorini.

Organized by the municipality of Thira and the Santorini Municipal Sports, Culture and Environmental Organization, in collaboration with Active Media Group, the “Santorini Experience” offers participants the opportunity to compete in open water swimming, following the route from the famous volcano to the old port of Fira.

Greek World Champion Kelly Araouzou, photo by Vangelis Patsialos

“It is a great pleasure that I will be able to swim in the beautiful waters of Santorini for the 3rd consecutive year,” said Greek world champion in open water swimming Kelly Araouzou. “It is a unique experience as, besides swimming, the feeling of competing in one of the most popular places of the world is incredible,” she added.


Runners are offered to choose from three different routes that pass through the picturesque villages of Fira, Imerovigli and Oia, offering a stunning view of the Caldera: a short 5 km route, a 10 km route for long-distance runners and a challenging 15 km race.

Photo by Elias Lefas

For the first time this year, all runners and swimmers will be able to keep record of their time performance.

The “Santorini Experience” has been honored with the Golden Award for the “Best Sports Event Production” at this year’s Ermis Awards, held to honor the best advertising and communication companies in Greece.

The event is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and of the Hellenic Swimming Federation. To register online press here.

Official sponsors of the event include Blue Star Ferries, Alafouzos Sport, Athina Luxury Suites and official supporters are “Vikos” Natural Mineral Water, Avance Rent A Car, Aqua Vista Hotels, Wyndham Grand Athens, Santorini Boatmen Union. The event’s official travel agent is Smile Acadimos and hospitality sponsors include Aqua Vista Hotels, Athina Luxury Suites, Vedema A Luxury Collection Resort Santorini, West East Suites, White Pearl Villas, Central Fira Hotel, Memories Hotel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Esperas Santorini, Sienna Residencies, Hotel Rivari Santorini.

More information regarding the activities schedule and the hospitality packages of sponsors will be announced in the following weeks.

The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is a communication sponsor of the event.

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