Loutraki in the Prefecture of Corinth

Trip Start Sep 12, 2012
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

LOUTRAKI – now and in the past!



I picked to visit Loutraki this time as my next destination and one of the reasons is because it is another well known city for its vast natural springs and therapeutic Spas like the one I visited some months back. For those of you who follow my Guides you would surely remember the trip I had to Edipsos thermal springs in Evia.  So, I guess outside Evia it is the closest Spa city to visit and I shall try to explore as much as possible again this time! To be honest we had no intention of traveling too far from where we live and Loutraki surely combines the best package, - rare natural environment, a Spa centre, and many places of interest around.



Being a seaside resort and with the beautiful weather of September I am sure that we can enjoy beach holidays as well. So, what more would somebody want I wonder! I have the whole package but the success is to spot the right place to stay as well. I booked at an amazing resort and I did not regret it. I can say it was not that easy to choose out of a big list of hotels but I also loved the idea that it was a bit outside the city.



We set off at 08:15 and made it to Loutraki in less than 2.30 hours.

Although we were a couple of km from the Isthmus of Corinth this time I did not want to go there because we had to remain in the right direction while to go there we had to get to the other side of the road and then it would have been a big circle to return. Besides, we have been to the Isthmus so many times in the past.



Loutraki is bordered in the west by the Gulf of Corinth with the mountain range of Geraneia dominating north and east.  Many people have the impression that the city is in the Peloponese but it is not. You see, it is on the other part of the prefecture.  



I am to be met by some people from the Loutraki Tourism Organization as I am using a Press Pass and we stay in touch through emails and phone calls. I shall try to include as much information as possible in this new Guide and I am excited because the destination provides limitless opportunities for all seasons' breaks.  



Facts about the city:

Now some facts about the city we are visiting.

Loutraki, a seaside resort is about 80 km west of Athens in the Prefecture of Corinth or (Corinthia).  The word 'Loutraki’ in Greek means bath, so it refers to Spa or thermae.

Leaflets, books and guides name it as a heaven-like destination full of pleasant surprises for the year round because it comprises all the elements that collectively offer tourists an integrated visit.



The city in ancient times was called "Themae" derived from goddess “Thermia Artemis’, the protector goddess of therapeutic mineral waters. The city has been a cradle of Ancient Greek civilization since its central position combined with its famous medicinal and natural mineral waters, acclaimed Thermae as the most famous spa resort in Ancient Greece. The Olympian gods Apollon and Hera had temples here the remains of which still exist in the entrance of the city the remainings of the Ancient Diolkos (600 BC)







A trip here, touring and sightseeing is like chasing the sun!

There are idyllic locations (which I have to explore), unique attractions (which I can’t wait to visit) incomparable venues and fun activities which are part of the daily touring schedule.

Itineraries spread from the Heraion lighthouse to the Isthmus Canal, from the Sousaki extinct volcano and the old train station in Ag. Theodoroi, to the Ancient Corinth and all the way through the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre, the Mycenean Tombs and the Nemea Ancient Stadium –which I don’t think I will include in this guide because a few of these are not that close.



The Casino of Loutraki is one of the most reputed and distinguished gaming halls throughout Europe –for the ones who want to try their luck!



In the sanctified atmosphere of Loutraki and the wider area a visitor will experience a religious and spiritual retreat.  – Several monasteries with the one of St. Patapios, the most visited.



The lake of Vouliagmeni is another place of interest but it has nothing to do with the other lake of Vouliagmeni in Attica!









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rossport
rossport on

a lovely place popi and again on the coast so handy for both beach and relaxation

mmbcross
mmbcross on

This looks such an attractive city. Are there anti-government demonstrations here just like in Athens?

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

No demonstrations......nothing to worry.
Enjoy the spa, do some site seeing and there is also a nice casino probably the best in Europe.

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