08 Jul Spas & Hot Springs in Greece – An Ancient Healing Tradition
A spa, is a natural location where, mineral-rich spring water (and, sometimes seawater) deriving from the Earth’s crust, is used to give medicinal baths.
A hot spring, is a spring produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater, that also rises from the Earth’s crust and is equally used for medical purposes.
The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters and hot springs, dates back to the prehistoric times. Such practices, have been popular worldwide, characterized by the common notion that, bathing into would lead into body care treatment and a mental purification.
Some of the earliest descriptions of the western bathing practices, came from ancient Greece. The Greeks, began bathing regimens, that formed the foundation of the modern spa procedures.
The earliest such findings are the baths in the palace complex at Knossos (Crete) and the luxurious alabaster bathtubs excavated in Akrotiri (Santorini) both date from the mid-2nd millennium BC.
Achilles, one of the most famous Greek heroes, was alleged to have a hot spring bath as a baby, by his mother (and sea goddess) Thetida, rendered his skin invulnerable to wounds in the battle.
Continuing a tradition of almost 4.000 years and, blessed by the rich Greek soil, providing more than 750 officially registered spa / hot springs, the modern Greeks are keen in using their medical benefits, be they from public sources to luxurious hotels, all over Greece:
- § Luxury Hotels (indicative sample):
# Santorini: Canaves Oia & Andronis Luxury Suites
# Mykonos: Santa Marina
# Naxos: Antony Suites & Residences
# Messinia: Romanos / Costa Navarino
# Macedonia, Halkidiki: Danai Beach Resort & Villas
# Korinthos, Loutraki: Wyndham Poseidon Resort
# Argolis, Kranidi: Amanzoe
# Crete: Mythos Palace (Chania), Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas (Agios Nikolaos), Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas (Elounda).
# Epirus, Metsovo: Grand Forest
# Evia, Eretria: Negroponte Resort
- § Public Baths / Springs (indicative sample):
# Evia: Aidipsos Hot Springs
# Fthiotida: Kamena Vourla Hot Springs
# Thessaloniki: Lagkadas Baths
# Pella: Pozar Baths
# Ilia: Kaiafas Baths
# Korinthos: Loutraki Baths
# Kythnos (island): Hot Springs
# Argolis: Methana Baths
# Ikaria (island): Therma Baths
# Attica: Lake Vouliagmeni
# Lamia: Thermopyles Hot Springs