The BEST Fest takes place in the town of Colonia Sant Jordi, Mallorca, from the 25 th to 31st  May 2024 and features 7 spectacular events for aquatic enthusiasts of all abilities.. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced swimmer, you can enjoy a fabulous week of swimming, and learn from some of the world’s best open water athletes.

We’ll be offering pool based technique sessions at the world renowned BEST Centre, plus open water master-classes in the crystal clear water off our local beaches. The BEST Centre’s 50m outdoor pool hosts training camps from beginner to Olympic level and offers some of the best facilities and coaches anywhere in the World! Become part of the BEST Family and join us for a fantastic week of swimming; energetic yet relaxing, friendly and sociable, challenging but fun!


Who can come to the festival?

Basically anyone who likes swimming in the sea or open water. We’ll have races and events of many different levels and challenges, so whether you want to race, enjoy, improve your fitness or simply challenge yourself, there’s definitely something for everyone.

What if I can’t make it the entire week?

Take a look at the schedule and pick an event or two that you would really like to do and then just make it for those days. We certainly don’t expect people to enter all 7 events!

We’ve built a varied programme of race and challenge style events that include clockwise and anticlockwise courses, traditional point to point swims, a time trial, a relay event and the Olympic standard ‘marathon distance’ 10k. Our events include the opportunity to win podium medals and prizes, accumulate points towards the overall 3-race ‘Colonia Classics’ championship awards and win beachside lucky dip raffle prizes! Throw in the Mallorcan sun, incredible beaches, free refreshments at every event, our local area discount wristband, free coached clinics and presentation night at a top local venue and you’ve got what we believe is the BEST open water event offered anywhere – all it’s missing is YOU!

Colònia Sant Jordi

The waters between Colònia Sant Jordi and the Cabrera archipelago were Spain’s first Marine Conservation area, and BEST Fest will promote the unique marine environment off our coastline. Where possible we avoid the use of disposable plastics; please help us to preserve our environment – keep our beaches and oceans clean by leaving nothing but footprints and taking nothing away except memories.

The week-long festival showcases some traditional Mallorquin food and drink, ensaimadas, paella, BBQ and sangria all making an appearance. Our local restaurants and bars are some of the best in Spain and for those swimmers making a holiday out of their trip all of the nearby hotels are within walking distance of the Best Centre pool and BEST Fest event locations. We’ve even negotiated some exclusive discounts at all of our partner hotels in Colonia Sant Jordi!