Apparently over 50 thermal springs emerge in the town of Loutra. They all originate from a single spring coming from a depth of 3000m below ground. The oldest known spring was found at Sylla's cave, in the town, around 400BC. Many of the springs have nowadays been harnessed by the big hotels and hydrotherapy centres who offer health spa facilities at big prices. However, if you walk along the beaches of the town, every so often you come across a natural hot spring emerging from the rocks. If you enter the sea at this point you can feel the hot water mixing with the sea water. At one part of the beach, by the yellow rocks, the spring runs into some little rock pools and you can have your own individual thermal bath while sitting in a rock pool,with the water cascading in. Be careful, where the water leaves the earth it is hot enough to boil eggs! If you walk on the sand by the spring you may burn your feet! At one beach the thermal spring forms small waterfalls where it runs over from the rocks above.
The thermal springs of Loutra are an amazing natural phenomenon. However, their healing powers have yet to be completely ascertained, although it is certainly relaxing bathing in such hot water.
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