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The Thermal Springs of Loutraki: The First “Loutropolis”

05.05.2019 in Travel

The Thermal Springs of Loutraki: The First “Loutropolis”     Loutraki’s thermal water has been established as a symbol of natural hygiene, well-being, and revitalization of body and spirit. For this reason, it has been called “The Water of Life”.   In ancient times, Loutraki was known as “Perea (beyond) Earth”. In its current location laid the ancient city of Thermes or Thermà. Thermà was known for its hot springs/baths from which the modern town eventually got its name. The waters spring from rock formations and during their journey to the surface they acquire trace elements and mineral components which…

The Water of Life

05.05.2019 in Travel

The Water of Life     Thanks to its thermal waters, Loutraki has become well-known throughout the world. Loutraki’s thermal springs, have been called “the water of life” since antiquity. Its rejuvenating qualities were mentioned by the renowned historian Xenophon in his work “Hellenika IV” where he describes Spartan soldiers arriving in Loutraki after battle, to rest and rejuvenate.   In the imposing round building that hosts the municipal thermal spring you can not only drink the beneficial water, but also see the so-called “Spring of Life”. It is worth visiting not only for therapy – Loutraki’s thermal water helps…

Lake Vouliagmeni and the Temple of Hera

05.05.2019 in Travel

Lake Vouliagmeni and the Temple of Hera     Just one hour from Athens lies a picturesque landscape and ancient temple. The archaeological site of Heraion (Temple of Hera) includes some of the most remarkable remains of the early Corinthian civilization (9th c. BCE).   Just one hour from Athens lies a picturesque landscape and ancient archaeological site. Lake Vouliagmeni at Perachora is located about 9 miles from the city of Corinth on the other side of the Corinthian Peninsula. It is a natural moorage with a beautiful sandy beach and a small channel (only 19ft wide) through which the…

Preveza: Where the blue Ionian and the quiet Amvrakikos meet

04.04.2019 in Travel

Preveza: Where the blue Ionian and the quiet Amvrakikos meet   The town of Preveza features neoclassical buildings, a sett-paved historic district, and a pedestrian zone along its bay perfect for idyllic walks by the water.   The region has many beaches.: There are the endless lacy coasts of Kanali and Monolithi (the longest sandy beach of the European Union) to the small turquoise coves of Alonaki and Ulysses’ Moorage/Ormos Odyssea (in Parga). Visitors can also enjoy hikes to protected areas of the forest of Monolithi, and afternoon walks to the town center where the statue of Odysseus Androutsos and…

Kardamyli: A charming fairytale town

04.04.2019 in Travel

Kardamyli: A charming fairytale town   In Kardamyli, stone houses with tiled roofs sit protected in a bay at the base of Mt. Taygetos just across from the small, lush island of Meropi.   The old district of the town features restored towers and pebbly creeks with olive trees and cypresses. Kardamyli attracts both tourists seeking outdoor sports/recreation and those seeking a leisurely vacation. Nature lovers, artists, Greeks and foreigners (mainly British but also Germans and other northerners), have made this“gate to the Messinian Mani” their hang out. There are boutique hotels with personality, taverns in stunning courtyards overlooking the…

Syros: A patchwork of Catholic and Orthodox sacred devotion

04.04.2019 in Travel

Syros: A patchwork of Catholic and Orthodox sacred devotion   Syros, the capital of the Cyclades is always high on the list of eclectic weekend outings during the early holiday season.   Mansions are spread along the island’s two hills overlooked by the Orthodox Byzantine temple of the Resurrection and the Catholic church of Saint George. In Ermoupolis, one must visit the stunning villa that houses the city hall and historic Apollo Theater. There are alsothe lovely streets around Miaouli Square, the Vaporia neighborhood with more gorgeous mansions (some of which have been turned into brilliant little hostels), and the…

Chalkidiki: Blue waters, countless coves and beaches, lush landscape, and picturesque villages

04.04.2019 in Travel

Chalkidiki: Blue waters, countless coves and beaches, lush landscape, and picturesque villages   Chalkidiki is one of the most popular destinations in Greece and an area of ​​particular natural beauty.   It is only a few miles from Thessaloniki, the three peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos. Chalkidiki caters to the needs of all travellers. There is exciting nightlife in Kassandra, tranquillity and exotic beaches in Sithonia, and a family friendly atmosphere in Athos. Adventure lovers will find more than 20 marked trails and 17 cycling routes that pass through the oak forests of Mt. Cholomon and the fir forests…

Samothrace – A Divine Island to Visit

18.12.2018 in Travel

Samothrace – A Divine Island to Visit     Wild and mountainous, almost forgotten. Samothrace, or Samothraki as it is called by the Greeks, located at the northern end of the Aegean Sea, has an entirely different character. Samothraki will fascinate you with its archaeological wealth, move you with landscapes of astonishing beauty and magnetize you with its unique ecosystems.   A huge mountain spread along the largest part of the island tends to impress the typical visitor. It invites its guests to follow one of its many routes to the… moon. Moon (Feggari), as the island’s highest mountain peak is named. With “Feggari” peak climbing…

Loutraki, City of Waters

31.10.2018 in Travel

Loutraki, City of Waters     According to Xenophon, the Spartan soldiers came to Loutraki to recover and rest after the Peloponnesian War battles; and thanks to the city’s healing thermal waters, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, the 2nd century BCE Roman emperor, was healed of a severe dermatopathy.   Today, the mythical “Gate of the Peloponnese” is a city full of life, with countless leisure and entertainment options, covering every taste. Less than 50 miles from Athens, Loutraki is a spa town well known since antiquity. What to see: One of the most significant sightseeing attractions is the lake of Heraion,…

Central Peloponnese: Where Do We Go from Here?

04.10.2018 in Travel

Central Peloponnese: Where Do We Go from Here?     Lounged in valleys or strewn on mountain slopes, the historic villages and rural towns of central Peloponnese are a hidden treasure, often missed by casual travellers. For those who wish to be put through the grind and resist the spell that is a Greek isle in the summer, they are a revelation. Whether it be the latest trend in winter-sports locations like Vytina, a foodie’s paradise like Leonidio, or a quaint traditional settlement like Karytaina, it will definitely be worth the ride!   Megalopolis Reported by Herodotus as the battleground…