Greece's ancient nature spa

Added On July 3, 2017

A breath away from Athens, 80 kilometers southwest of the Greek capital, the seaside of Corinth Gulf has been for several decades a popular holiday destination who seeks to take a dive in history. 
Among all the events, the sea and the therapeutic waters of the natural thermal springs at the foot of Geraneia mountain range are the most popular.
Amidst the acute debt crisis which has hit Greece since 2009, local authorities have stepped up efforts to modernize and upgrade their unique tourism product.
They were seeking to attract more visitors from across the world, focusing on their comparative advantages, such as the centuries old tradition in thermalism.
SOUNDBITE:TASSOS SAKELLARIOU, Deputy Mayor of Corinth Prefecture
"The name Loutraki is a direct reference to thermalism. From antiquity our hot springs and the healing benefits of the waters had been a trademark of the region."
The city was famous for its "water of life" also during the Roman period. 
In the 19th century Loutraki became well known again for its healing waters. 
It was one of the first thermalism destinations in the newly founded Greek state.  
The well preserved old building of the Loutraki Thermal Spa dates back to the early 20th century. The construction of the modern wing was completed in 2010 with EU and local administration funds.
SOUNDBITE:TASSOS SAKELLARIOU, Deputy Mayor of Corinth Prefecture
"We attempted to develop what we had and expand from the therapeutic spas to wellness in order to attract more people to the modern facilities. We constantly try to upgrade the services offered."
Currently Loutraki Thermal Spa covers 5,000 square meters and includes two indoor heated pools with waterfalls and jet hydromassaging.
There is an easy access for the disabled, medical advice and information on the water properties are provided by health experts, as well as drinking therapy, mud therapy and beauty treatment sessions.
About 50,000 people visit the spa each year. The municipality aims to attract more visitors from the U.S., China and Australia.
Before or after bathing in Loutraki's "water of life", visitors can also drink it free of charge at the municipal thermal spring building, a few hundred meters further on the beachfront. 
Its interior is decorated with impressive mosaics inspired by the ancient Greek mythology.
Tourists also have the option of cooling off at the crystal clear waters of the "Blue Flag" awarded beach and the nearby Vouliagmeni lake.
Otherwise they can take a dive in history visiting archaeological sites.