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“Amazing to see the hot water springs....”

The Healing Thermal Springs of Edipsos
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Edipsos
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Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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“Amazing to see the hot water springs....”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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“Free, hot mineral springs”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

They flow out of a rock wall by the sea. There are several rock pools that have been formed over the years. The first pool is the hottest then it flows to others and slowly mixes with sea water unroll it just flows into the sea. It's absolutely wonderful!

Visited July 2013
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“They work miracles!”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

Edipsos is a unique place, blessed by nature, known since ancient times for its healing powers. The town was well known by Aristotle and mentioned in the works of Plutarch and "Strabo. There are natural springs which have been coming up from a depth of 3,000 meters for the last 20,000 years with temperatures at the surface reaching 75 degrees centigrade.

From ancient times, as far back as mythology goes, the history of Edipsos began, completely interrelated with the precious gift nature had bestowed on her. According to mythology Hercules would bathe in the hot waters before each labour in order to relax and regain his strength.

History of the Edipsos Spa - Evia Greece Plutarch enthusiastically refers to the town’s waters and the pleasure they offer. Stravonas also describes the thermal spas of Edipsos mentioning their therapeautical properties with great admiration.

As the town was a popular resort of the Ancient Romans, it was a favourite place of numerous emperors, generals and senators. Amongst them statesmen as important as Emperor Adrien, Marcus Aurelius and Scylla a famous Roman General are only a few of those who bathed in the local springs every year seeking both pleasure and cure.

The beginning of the 20th century marks the Belle Epoque of Edipsos. Its wide reputation and the proven healing properties of the thermal springs, attracted a multitude of affluent citizens, famous artists, writers, film stars and scientists.

Visited May 2013
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