Thermall hot springs on Lesbos, Island of Greece


 

Polichnitos Thermal Baths

The thermal bath establishment is on the road leading from Polichnitos to Vatera. 

Boat Cruise to the Polichnitos Thermal Baths

The thermal springs of Lesvos have been well known since ancient times. They are regarded and used as valid therapeutic treatments for all kinds of ailments and are therefore prescribed by doctors. Mineral and thermal baths were evident in Greece around 500 B.C. The early Greek baths were built near natural hot springs or volcanoes. Greek celebrities and the elite would meet at these natural hot springs to exchange philosophical views and treat physical ailments. Plato considered anyone who did not know how to swim as uneducated. Hippocrates (460-375 BC), believed to be the founder of medicine, recommended hydrotherapy for the treatment of disorders such as jaundice and rheumatism.

During the International Women's Festival 2008 you will have your own opportunity to visit one of the thermal baths of Lesvos, located just outside Polichnitos village. The excursion is by boat cruise and certainly one that you will not want to miss while you are here!

 

Eftalou Thermal Baths

Eftalou's Springs are one of the very few springs in Greece where joint baths between men and women are allowed. They're at the beach and they consist of a basin roofed with a cupola and a two-storeyed building with four basins and a small reception, waiting and relaxation hall.

lesvos hot springs - eftalou loutra

This area is one of the most touristy places in Lesvos. The spring of Eftalou is the most radioactive spring in Lesvos. The water's pure, about 114o F. It takes about one and a half hour or two for the basin to be filled.

How will you get there
Eftalou is about 3,5 kilometers of asphalt road away from Mythimna.

Where will you stay
In Mythimna. There are many hotels, rooms to let and camps. In Eftalou there are very few hotels and they're quite expensive.

The basins are built and very old. Three of them can fit one or two people and the fourth one fits four to six. The windows have a view to the sea and the coast of Asia Minor across. If you ask at the administration office, they'll give you binoculars to look more closely. Every bath lasts no more than 15 minutes.



Panagia I Kryfti Thermal Baths

The first thing you stumble upon once you climb down to the little church of Panagia I Kryfti ("The Hidden Mother Virgin") is a stone building with three rooms where bats reside. There's also five little rooms that used to be used to function as vestries. In these rooms there are stairs that lead to a coast. lesvos hot springs - Panagia I Kryfti At the edge of it there's a crack, an entrance to a small cave (duck and you'll be able to get in). Inside there's a small lake with hot water.

How will you get there

Many people use boats that stop quite a few meters away and get to the land swimming or using a smaller boat. Getting there by land includes traveling 57 kilometers from Mytilini Town. There's a dirt road from Melinda, the nearest settlement

Where will you stay
In Melinda or Plomari, where you will find rooms to let and several taverns.

hot springs - bath 
The basin is in a very good condition and the water's temperature is simply ideal, about 97o F. One or two people fit inside. The water of the sea is hot at some points as well.

 

Loutra Geras Thermal Baths

The Gera Springs are the most popular springs of Lesvos nowadays, with more than 10000 tickets per year. They're open all year long. The water's temperature is about 104o F; it flows in a well next to the facilities of the springs and supplies two basins.

hot springs - othoman bath gera How will I get there
You can get there even on foot. The springs are 10 kilometers west of Mytilini town.

Definitely dive in the waters.
The Gera Springs are of the best in Greece. The waters pours into two basins (one for men, one for women). The temperature is ideal.




 

 

 

 

 

 

Loutropoli Thermis Thermal Baths

This is where Artemis (Diana) was worshipped. The healing center and the temple of the goddess were at the Horafa area, next to the water healing facilities. Diana was considered the protector of the healing springs.

Thermis hot springs 

lesvos hot springs - loutra thermis

Today, more than 1500 inhabitants of Thermi employ themselves in business that has to do with the springs: hotels, rooms to let, taverns. About 8000 people visit the springs every year; most of them are elderly people. In the facilities there are eleven individual basins.

How will I get there
The Thermi Springs are above the onshore road of Mytlini-Madamados, about 12 kilometers from Mytilini town.

Where will I stay
In a hotel or a room to let. There are about 900 beds in a 1 kilometer range from the springs. You can also stay in Skala Mystegnon or Panagiouda (recommended).

The basins are respectable. The water is clean, odorless, bright and salty. You're only allowed in the water for 15 minutes. The springs are open from June to October.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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