We are excited to present our inaugural SwimRun event, part of the exciting HEAD SwimRun Series! Starting at the spectacular Es Dolç beach competitors will swim a total distance of 2.5k and run 5k around the beautiful coastline of Colònia Sant Jordi.

Three separate swims in the crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean and four separate runs skirting the coast finishing on the golden sanded Es Marqués beach. The event can be entered as an individual or two person team, with senior and junior categories available. Enter any of our other BEST Fest events to receive an exclusive 25% SwimRun entry fee discount code! For full details see the event page here.

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine competition

Congratulations to Outdoor Swimmer Magazine competition winner Lin Cram!

Lin was the lucky winner of a week for two in Colonia St Jordi and entry into the BEST Fest 2020 events of her choice. We look forward to welcoming Lin in May and sharing everything that BEST Fest has to offer, and we’re sure that our range of events, structured training and pro-clinics will really make a difference in her future swimming/triathlon endeavours.

Lin said of her win; “I am shocked and overwhelmed! Hopefully it will help with my Full distance tri training. I started in triathlon in 2007 because I could swim, though I needed to learn front crawl. After 4 years I had to stop doing triathlons due to injury and family matters, but I was able to do some swim events such as Swimathons, Barbados Open Water festival, Nevis to St Kitts cross channel swim, and many excellent local swims in Pembrokeshire, and across Wales. In 2017 I was able to get back to triathlon and completed my first 70.3 event. Last year I attempted a 140.6 triathlon, but flooding caused the bike section to be cancelled, so I am having another go this summer. I am not fast, but I generally get there in the end. I swim with Emlyn Flyers swimming club.”

Come and join Lin at BEST Fest 2020 – Entries are open now!

Ride Out with Olympic Gold Medallist Dani Rowe

Sunday 26th – 4pm to 6pm & Wednesday 29th – 4pm to 6pm
Venue: Local roads, starting & returning to Team Double J bike shop, Primavera.
Time: Meet from 3pm @ Team Double J for bike hire, fitting and collection. (NB – Shop is open 09,30-13,00h and 15,30-18,30h on all days for customers wishing to arrange bike hire in advance)

Cost: 25€ bike hire fee (ride out is free if you’ve brought your own bike!)

Additional Info:

  • You may wish to bring your own cycling shoes. The following pedal types are available:
    • ‘Normal’ flat pedals
    • Look Keo
    • Look Delta
    • Shimano SPD
    • Shimano SPDFL
  • Helmets are available for bike hire customers if required (an additional charge may apply).
  • Please have your bike size available for booking purposes (or your height if bike size is not known).


Please Note: The planned ride outs will take place subject to demand a limit may be placed on numbers for safety reasons. We recommend booking early with the entry team to avoid disappointment.

BEST Fest 2019 Merchandising

We’ll be celebrating our sponsor partnership with HEAD by offering a range of unique, custom, co-branded swimwear during BEST Fest 2019!

Available as a Female costume, Female 2-piece, Male trunk and Male short, these exclusive designs feature the BEST Fest logo and are offered in a striking black/blue/orange and white palette.

We’ll also have a range of our own fantastic event t-shirts, available in both male and female cuts. Constructed from technical fabric, these wicking and quick drying garments are a must for all BEST Fest swimmers, bearing a striking new logo on the front a full event listings on the back. We’ll have a limited stock of all items and expect them to sell quickly, so grab them while you can!

Your Safety is Our Priority! (New for 2019)

In addition to our fully qualified medical team, powered safety boats and large flotilla of vigilant safety kayakers, for 2019 we’ve introduced some new guidelines to help improve your safety at BEST Fest. We’ve adopted temperature based wetsuit rules for the Colonia Classics in line with FINA guidelines (see ‘Wetsuits’ info in each of the event info pages) and we now also recommend the use of high visibility tow floats.

These are recommended for all our Challenge swims and will also be permitted in the non-Elite categories of the Colonia Classics..

We’ll have tow floats available to purchase thanks to our sponsors HEAD, and the innovative RESTUBE safety buoy will also be available for those of you looking for a tow float alternative – both of these products will offer you immediate buoyancy and make you more visible to our safety team in the unlikely event you experience difficulties. Your safety is our priority, we’re sure it’s also yours!


Do yo Swim Smooth?

Join the Founders and Head Coaches from Swim Smooth, Paul Newsome and Adam Young, for an exclusive seminar event on Monday 27th May. Entitled ‘Blinded by Aesthetics – Why the World’s best O.W. swimmers don’t necessarily look the prettiest, but are the most effective’ and offering a new perspective on efficient swimming, they’ll be busting some swimming myths and building your confidence in achieving your best version of you. If you’re looking to improve your technique you won’t want to miss this seminar, or the Pro-Clinic afterwards! Both are free, but pre-booking on arrival for the Pro-Clinic will be essential as numbers are limited. See our clinics page and schedule information for more details!”

Double Olympic Silver Medallist Jazz Carlin joins the BEST Fest team for 2019

British Olympic, World, European and National medallist Jazz Carlin will be joining the coaching team to deliver Pro-Clinics (pool and open water) and racing in selected BEST Fest events! Will YOU be lining up with her, improving your technique with her hints & tips or taking the opportunity for a fan photo at our exclusive meet & greet? See our clinics page and schedule information for more details!

Beachside Plastic & Litter Pick

Time – Immediately after the 220 Triathlon Corberana Challenge
Location – Cala Galiota Beach

BEST Fest is an event immersed in its environment; beautiful Colònia St Jordi, its beaches and crystal-clear water help make our event something very special – and we’d like to preserve this by keeping our impact low.

Where possible we’re reducing our environmental footprint. You can help us by joining in with our plastic & litter pick at the natural Cala Galiota beach. This beach is very popular, but its compact size and ungroomed nature makes waste more obvious. Join us, grab a bag and we’ll walk together, collecting waste and protecting our local environment.

We endeavour to tidy up after every event, but with your assistance we can really make a difference to a whole beach! Afterwards, we highly recommend rewarding yourselves with an ice cream from Hostal Colonial – in an edible cone of course!