Kythnos Hot Springs

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Kythnos Hot Springs

Kythnos is also known as “Thermia” due to its hot springs located along the coast in the north-eastern part of the island. The thermal springs are located in the small village of Loutra (Baths), the name of which derived from the presence of hot mineral springs in the village. They are the town’s attraction and are known to cure gynecological problems. Although in Greece there are many thermal springs, this is the only one in the Cyclades. Loutra is 15 kilometers from Merichas port and 4 kilometers away from Chora.

You can just walk along the beach and enjoy an outdoor spa in a small pool by the water, surrounded by rocks, where the burning water mixes with the colder sea water or you can visit the hydrotherapy center and use its modern facilities. In Loutra, there are two hot springs: Agii Anargyri located in the hydrotherapy center and Kakavos at a distance of about 50 meters. The water of the first spring is saline with a temperature of 36°C and is beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism and vertebral arthritis. On the other hand, the water of the second spring, is 52°C, contains iodine, bromide and sodium chloride and has been scientifically proven that the water of this spring is indicated for skin diseases and gynecological problems. Generally, the water of the springs is ideal for the treatment of diseases such as cervical syndrome, lower-back morbidity - ischialgia, neuritis, myositis, primary osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), chronic rheumatic diseases (ankylosing spondylitis) and many other diseases.

Most likely, the hot springs existed since the antiquity, but their use must have begun in Roman or Byzantine times as evidenced by various archaeological findings revealed in Loutra. In 1872, a tank with a roof was built at the source of Agii Anargyri, but the locals showed little interest in the springs and surrounded them with popular beliefs about fairies and devils. The first to discover the healing properties of the springs, were German doctors and chemists who accompanied King Otto to Greece. Chemical analyses proved the healing potential of the springs and in 1836, the German royal architect Christian Hansen along with his partner Laurent, made the construction plans of a thermal bath complex. Their goal was the construction of a building with several baths and patient rooms near the springs. Construction begun in 1826 and was completed in 1864 by Laurent because in the meanwhile Hansen was assigned with the architectural design of the University in Athens. The spa was often visited by King Otto and his wife Amalia because Amalia had some gynecological problems that prevented her from having children. In the hydrotherapy center, you can still see the marble baths, Amalia used at that time.

The Hydrotherapy Center is open daily from June to the end of September from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm. Each balneotherapy lasts about 20 minutes and only one hydrotherapy is allowed per day. There is a fee for the use of the facilities and special rates for unemployed and local residents.

You must avoid balneotherapy if:

  • You use anticoagulant drugs (blood thinners)
  • You have arterial hypertension which cannot be regulated and/or minimum diastolic pressure above 100mm Hg
  • You have chest pains, recent heart attack, or other serious cardiovascular problems
  • You have diabetes
  • You have rheumatic arthritis
  • You suffer from fever or had a recent hemorrhage
  • You have liver malfunction or renal failure
  • You suffer from a neoplastic disease (cancer) or tuberculosis