Pozar Thermal Baths
If you are looking for a unique winter or summer destination where you can let your body relax and heal from all the stress, Loutra Pozar thermal baths in northern Greece is the perfect place. Located at the foot of the Kaimaktsalan Mountain just outside the city of Edessa and approximately an hour and a half from Thessaloniki, Loutra Pozar is famous for the healing properties of the springs. The warm water that gushes from the Aridea springs has a constant temperature of 37 °C (98.6 °F) all year round. The springs sit at an altitude of 390 meters above sea level and are created by rainwater that penetrates into the ground and reaches great depths, where it is heated and enriched with minerals and other components.
The thermal springs complex features an Olympic-size outdoor pool, 8 individual baths, 6 indoor pools, the outdoor pool (12x25m) hamams, jacuzzi and spa. There are also two amazing waterfalls: the first one is at 37 °C and the other, which is mixed with cold water, is at 30 °C. The water has therapeutic properties and is recommended for rheumatism, skin conditions, respiratory and circulatory problems. Key minerals present in the waters include Potassium, Sodium, Lithium, Manganese, Magnesium, Silicon, Fluorine, and Iron. What makes the Pozar baths so special is the open pool which is naturally shaped in the bank of the hot river which offers the visitors the chance to bath in a fantastic scenery, even when there is snow in the area.
Pozar's naturally warm water attracts visitors from all over Greece and abroad throughout the year. Visit Pozar baths and refresh your mind and body in the naturally heated water of the springs. The Pozar hot springs are beneficial for your health and well-being, either by bathing in them, or drinking their water. Besides the springs, the natural landscape with the mountain, the verdant gorge, the river locally known as Thermopotamos (hot river) and the dense forest create a beautiful environment perfect for a day outdoors. There are trails connecting the thermal springs with Mount Voras along the river, ideal for climbing, hiking or mountaineering. A bit further up, there are 16 prehistoric caves, hidden in the gorge. They are of great historical value and worth a visit. There are plenty of hotels, studios and rooms to rent in the area as well as traditional taverns serving delicious local dishes.