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Thermal Baths at Polychnitou

Listed as the hottest mineral springs in Europe, the baths themselves and the area surrounding them is like visiting another planet where rivers boil and leave residues of different colors and formations.



The bath house itself is open daily but their hours vary, particularly in the winter when they are only open a few hours a day in the late afternoon. You can phone or fax them or get the concierge at your hotel or your travel agent to contact them. Generally in the months of July and August they are open daily from 7:00 to Noon and then from 3:00 until 8:00 pm. For more info phone or FAX (22520) 42678.  I recommend staying at the Hotel Aphrodite Beach in nearby Vatera which is about a ten minute drive to the baths. There is bus service or you can get a taxi but I recommend renting a car so you can come whenever you want and visit some of the other spas on the island.


The old bridge over the stream


The current bath house 


The room is lit by shafts of light that come through the small windows


Notice the small clock on the wall so you don't stay in too long


There are rooms to rent here.


These streams come from boiling springs and are too hot to touch

People do a sort of breathing therapy around this pond of boiling hot mineral water.


Andrea and Amarandi relax in the warm water


Old Turkish bath

 


There is a warning not to touch the water of the stream which is boiling hot and leaves colorful sediment along it's bed.


Erica is no longer the caretaker but it is because of the hard work of she and her husband that the baths at Polychnitou are what they are today.

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