Mediterranean Sea Swims

The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant.

It covers an area of about 2,500,000 km2 (970,000 sq mi), representing 0.7% of the global ocean surface.

The Mediterranean Sea is not characterized by particularly high waves, as the connection to the ocean is too narrow and the sea is too small for weather systems to produce very large waves. The tidal cycles are relatively weak for the oceans and are almost imperceptible. Along its northern shores, the Mediterranean Sea is clear, deep and quiet, while the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel is characterized by a regime of relatively strong storms and the mixing of sand in the water, a fact that sometimes creates turbidity.