Just over an hour’s drive from Athens, Loutraki has been a health resort and bath town since antiquity – ‘loutro’ means bath in Greek. Rumour has it that Spartan warriors would come here to soak in the natural thermal waters after long battles. These days, the resort has been thoroughly modernised, down to the man-made waterfalls at the end of town. You won’t see any Spartans on your Loutraki holidays, but you will find a lively, fun city that’s both hedonistic and healthy.
Loutraki has a long beach that’s a vibrant, sociable spot during summertime, and you’re likely to make plenty of new wellness buddies here. In the town itself, it’s worth wandering the pretty streets, shopping for clothes and jewellery, and dining in one of the many excellent restaurants. Whatever you do, you’re sure to take to holidays to Loutraki like a duck to water.
Gamble the night away
Loutraki is home to one of Europe’s biggest casinos. Head here to spend an evening trying your luck with the slot machines and card games.
Visit Lake Vouliagmeni
This beautiful lake surrounded by forests is a 90-minute drive from Loutraki. Go swimming, rent a pedalo or simply sit and enjoy a coffee while taking in the view.
Try the Thermal Spa
The municipal Loutraki Thermal Spa was originally built in 1855 and remains a must-visit – the water is pumped from natural hot springs, and you can also have a massage or try a yoga class there.