One of your bases while enjoying one of Tallis Mediterranean and Greek Cooking Vacations, will be the cosmopolitan coastal town of Loutraki, situated on The Gulf of Corinth.
Loutraki has natural thermal springs with therapeutic powers. In ancient times Loutraki was called Thermai Artemis. Mythology has it that, while travelling through ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis, goddess of hunting, wilderness and protector of young girls up to the age of marriage, stopped here. Artemis was enchanted by the beauty of the place, the bright sunshine, the landscape, and the hot natural water in which she bathed, that she invited her brother Apollo to visit. Apollo taken by this magical place told the gods of Olympus about it. From then on it became their favorite city. They named the city Thermai Artemis after the goddess Artemis. Today the place is called Loutraki, translated into English as “small bath”.
Loutraki after being destroyed by an earthquake in 1928 was completely rebuilt. Rubble from the destroyed buildings was used to create a lush green park on land reclaimed from the sea.
Featuring long stretch of beaches, dotted with many bars and cafés, Loutraki has been awarded the blue flag from Europe for its clean seas and beaches.
Loutraki has something for everyone, year round. Watersport enthusiasts can water ski, wind surf, and sail. Those who prefer hiking or biking may join one of the organized hikes or mountain biking excursions along the spectacular Gerania Mountain range that nestles Loutraki. Take a stroll around town, buy some of the local honey, dried herbs, olives, olive oil, wine, or ouzo. The choice of gifts to remind you of the wonderful time you had in Loutraki is endless.
Nowhere in Greece is ever far from archaeological ruins telling the stories of thousands of years of ancient Greek culture and Loutraki is no exception. Loutraki nestles at the foot of the Gerania Mountains, one of the most splendid mountain ranges of the Peloponnese. On the mountain is the tiny village of Perahora, meaning “the land beyond”. The area surrounding the village is un-touched natural beauty. Also close by is a salt sater lake called Lake Vouliagmeni and ruins of a temple dedicated to goddess Hera, Heraion. Today it is a well-organized archaeological site worth seeing along with the Malagavi Lighthouse, offering beautiful views overlooking the Gulf of Corinth.
Also on the Gerania Mountain, the Monastery of Osios Patapios contains the relics of Patapios and is inhabited by welcoming nuns, offering Greek coffee and local delights.
West of Loutraki is the town of Corinth. A bustling busy town close to ancient Corinth, which is steeped in 3,000 years of history and a magnificent archaeological site with its main attraction being the Temple Of Apollo.
Other nearby ancient attractions worth a visit are: the ancient theater of Epidaurus on the Saronic Gulf, known for its amazing acoustics; Mycenae, a place full of myths and legends and a major part of Greek civilization; Nafplio, a small Venetian-style seaside town.
After a busy day trip sample the mouthwatering Greek food at one the many restaurants and tavernas or sit at one of the beachfront cafés and savor a cup of coffee while watching the amazing sunset over the Gulf of Corinth.
You might just be wishing that you could stay forever!