Loutra

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Loutra

Loutra is a small port town on Kythnos. It is located on the north-east part of the island, 11km from the port of Merichas and 5km from Chora, the capital of the island. The word means “bath” and that is one of the things that makes this place interesting, a natural hot spring. If you walk along the beach, you will see a small stream that empties into the sea. A tub has been built with rocks where the hot water mixes with sea water and makes the temperature bearable. Many people sit in the tub soaking hands or foot. The actual baths are at the top of the square and were built by King Otto and his Queen Amalia.  Next door is the Xenia Hotel, currently abandoned, built by Ernest Schiller, the Danish architect who build some of the most well-known buildings of the 19th century, all over Greece.

The village has a well-protected harbor with a small marina and a number of good tavernas right on the waterfront. Actually, the tables of the tavernas are on the beach, that gives this place a special vibe. Besides the tavernas, there are a few shops and numerous studios and rooms to let. To the south of Loutra, is the small bay of Agia Irini with a sheltered sandy beach and a quaint little chapel. To the north are the more remote beaches of Schinari, Maroulas, Kavourocheri and Potamia which can be reached on foot. If you walk further, you will reach the beautiful bay of Mamakou. The area of Loutra has been inhabited since ancient times due to the presence of drinking water and its natural harbor. Loutra is a very calm village, where you will have the chance to relax and do some thermal treatment in the new baths.

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