The Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center is located in the village of Loutra in northern Greece, which is about 120 km (74.56 miles) south of Thessaloniki. The thermal waters are known for their therapeutic abilities and this is the reason the Loutra village attracts many people from around the world. Many locals will tell stories of people coming here with serious skin problems that were healed after spending time in the waters here.
Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center in Loutra Village
Loutra is a seaside village located just 15 minutes away from Pefkohori and you can easily get there by car or by taxi (one way trip costs 15 EUR / 17 USD). The village is famous for its thermal waters that have healing capacities. The Spa Center in Loutra Village lies in the southern edge of the Kassandra Peninsula at the top of the mountains. It has an incredible view to the sea. The amazing scenery surrounding the area is composed of the deep blue Aegean Sea, pine trees and forests that create a unique and picturesque beauty not to be missed.
The Spa Center of Loutra were first discovered by a farmer who was looking for sulfur to “feed” his vineyards. After the end of World War II, residents blew up the rocks with dynamite and hydrosulfide water was released, creating the hot springs.
Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center was built in 2000 and it offers a variety of treatments for healing and rejuvenation. The thermal water is famous for its therapeutic benefits against many ailments of the bones, joints, muscles and skin.
The Loutra spa experience
Upon entering the sulfur waters, you will immediately feel warmth and relaxation in your body. The water is green and non-transparent because of the sulfur and the heat. The temperature of the water is between 34.5 - 36 °C (94.1 - 96.8 ºF). Let the warmth surround your body and go to the small waterfalls if you want a special hydromassage.
The cost is 5 EUR (5.66 USD) for a 30-minute swim in the pool and there are different prices for each service. In the reception area, there is a friendly guy who will show you the price catalog and explain every treatment in detail to you. You pay at the front desk and then you go inside the locker rooms. It is better to wear your swimming suit under your clothes, but even if you don’t, you can easily change inside, lock your things in the lockers and go inside the pool. Towels are not provided so you must have your own.
After the end of the relaxing process, you will return back to the locker room where you can enjoy a hot water shower, change to your clothes and leave the Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center relaxed and full of energy.
If you want, there is a cafe bar right at the entrance so in case you would like to prolong your stay in the center, you can have a coffee or a refreshment overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Have in mind that the Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center gets really crowded during the summer so the best time to go is off season. It is best to avoid July-August.
A variety of services
The therapeutic properties of the water tend to minimize bone and joint ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, discopathy, psoriasis, acne and much more. This is the reason it is crowded all year round, mostly by older people, who visit constantly not only to relax but also to take advantage of the therapeutic abilities for a very good price.
The services offered at the Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center in Loutra Village are numerous and can satisfy every need. The facilities provided are two swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor (mind that the outdoor functions only during summer months), individual bathtubs, sprinklers, hydromassage and a Turkish bath (hamam).
Furthermore, there are massages provided and physiotherapy is available.
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The best way to relax naturally
Dedicate a morning to visit the village of Loutra and experience the thermal waters at Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center. It is one of the best experiences to swim in the warm water and feel relaxed and refreshed. Apart from Halkidiki Thermal Spa Center, you should not miss Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece that is only a 2-hour drive away. Frequent daily buses get you there so even if you don’t have a car, it is quite easy. Visit both Loutra and Thessaloniki and make the most out of your time in northern Greece!
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