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Loutraki (Greece)

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About Loutraki (Greece)

Many consider Loutraki to be the birthplace of Greek thermalism and its most important therapeutic centre, once known as Thermae, a word, similar in both Ancient Greek and Latin, that refers to springs and bath houses. In ancient times Loutraki’s springs were considered “the water of life” and the foundation and development of the town are directly linked to them. Even its modern name, Loutraki, is derived from loutro (Λουτρό in Greek), meaning bath, bath-house or spa.
Gifted with long blue urban beaches, Loutraki is today a holiday destination famous for its natural beauty, spas and mineral water springs. Visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to relax in its charming cafés, explore the natural and historic surroundings – with the blue lagoon of Vouliagmeni and the ancient temple of Hera – and visit the modern Casino, one of the biggest in Europe.

Historical Background
The first written reference to the water of Loutraki is in the «Hellenica», written by the Athenian historian Xenophon (431-351 B.C.), who referred to how the Spartan army came here to rest during the Corinthian wars. Apollo, God of the sun and well-being and Hera, mother of all Gods, were worshipped here in temples, ruins of which still remain nowadays. The area later fell under the domain of Romans first and Byzantines later.
In 1847 the first analysis of the mineral waters was undertaken by Professor Giovanni Battista Delvinioti, and soon after the beneficial effects of the waters were publicised in Italy, an influx of settlers paved the way for modern Loutraki. In 1855 the first wooden building housing 10 baths were built, at the same time as the first municipal operating company was established.
A new bath complex was built in 1899, with 22 baths, (and demolished in 1967). In 1928 Loutraki was completely destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt. Today the Loutraki Thermal Spa combines the restored 1934 classical-inspired building and an extended luxurious modern spa complex.

The Hot Spring Waters and Spas
The magnesium-rich waters of Loutraki are still used in drinking therapies at the Neoclassical buvette, where you can see the healing springs flowing out from the rock. The waters are used to reduce blood pressure, assist kidney, bladder and bile functions and improve the skin.
At the Loutraki Thermal Spa, water assists with the reduction of cellulite, as well as promotes relaxation. These modern facilities include 2 indoor heated pools with waterfalls and jets, a cold indoor swimming pool and one big outdoor heated pool, plus individual and dual baths cabins, sauna, Hamam, sprinklers, rain showers, massage rooms, a beauty area and a yoga room.
Loutraki water is known throughout Greece as a quality drink, thus significant bottling industry has been developed in the area.

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