Loumakia, Ikaria, Greece

Time for some ancient hydrotherapy!

This spring is located at the site of the pre-historic town of Thermae, which has probably destroyed in an earthquake some 2200 years ago. That’s why this place is also referred to as Xalasmena or Chalasmena Therma meaning the damaged spa. In the antiquity, the residents of Thermae were called the Asclepians after Asclepios, the god of medicine. Remnants of marble bathtubs and an aqueduct have been found nearby. It is said that you can find structures under water by snorkeling.

To get there follow the road (which is also a storm drain) from downtown Therma uphill for about 200m. As the road takes a turn to the left at Hotel Rena you see the first sign pointing you up the alley to the right. It’s leading up the hill and behind the Agriolykos Pension. The directions will lead you past the ruins of the ancient roman baths and past a cave. Don’t be tempted to go down the first slope to the sea. Continue on the the path as it will soon lead you down towards the sea. Arrows indicate the way to your right over flat rocks. The hot spot of the pool is marked by some blue paint.

You can just float around between the rocks and maybe have a sunbath on those flat rocks afterwards. Be careful what you step on when you enter the water.

As with any spring in Ikaria: 20min should be the maximum time you spend due to radon 222 content of the water. I have no information on radioactivity measured here.

Loumakia, Ikaria, Greece: This place offers most privacy between the seaside springs on Ikaria. The only downer are the occasional cold wave and the fact that you have to hang on to something. Otherwise: dip dip hurra! bert

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