Spa town in Greece
Loutraki (Greek: Λουτράκι) is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Corinth, in Corinthia, Greece. It is located 81 kilometres (50 miles) west of Athens and 8 kilometres (5 miles) northeast of Corinth. Loutraki is the seat of the municipality Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi. The town is well known for its vast natural springs and its therapeutic spas.
Loutro means bath and Loutraki is the oldest bath city in Greece, dating back to antiquity. These days its ultramodern spa is linked to the local casino and the hot springs are a safe bet if you’re looking to freshen up body and soul. . Lively and fashionable, this town on the Gulf of Corinth also boasts a long esplanade with cafes and restaurants, a beautiful beach, pretty squares, palm trees, waterfalls and Belle Epoque-style hotels. Even a day trip is bound to be fun.
The water derived from the Loutraki natural thermal springs was characterized as “The Water of Life” since antiquity. According to Xenophon, Spartan warriors would come here to renew themselves after battle. You too can be revived by the power of the hot springs. Legend says that the goddess Artemis protects the bathers here. Perhaps, then, we should give her thanks for the unique properties of the Loutraki mineral waters, which include sulphur and bicarbonate ions, healing people from antiquity to 1914, when the modern spa-town was founded, and right up to the present.
Going for a walk takes on a whole new meaning here. A wonderful pedestrian way follows the coast. Take it and you’ll find cafes, restaurants and traditional shops selling syrupy sweets and ice cream, kids on bikes, couples holding hands, seaside benches and maybe even an open-air concert. You won’t want to stop.