Edipsos Thermal Spa

The Edipsos Thermal Spa covers an area of approximately 2,350 square meters and includes the old and new hydrotherapy facilities. The old hydrotherapy center – Agioi Anargyroi – was built before 1950 and has been designated, by a ministerial decision, as a modern heritage monument. In 1985 a new building complex for the hydrotherapy center was built.

The beach is 100 meters from the property. The administration and management of approximately 184 meters of seafront and beach have been given to HPPC, and are transferred on a seasonal basis to the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos.

Facilities & Services

The Edipsos Thermal Spa is one of the largest and most modern spas in the country. The facilities include an outdoor pool, baths (luxury and regular), whirlpool baths, hydro-massage and an indoor pool. The outdoor swimming pool serves around 15,500 guests per year.

More specifically, the Edipsos Thermal Spa includes:

  • 84 hydro-massage baths (regular baths, baths for special therapy, baths for extremities, Scottish showers)
  • 10 whirlpool baths
  • Outdoor pool with capacity for 120 persons, operating with a mixture of thermal and sea water
  • 2 indoor pools with a capacity for 8 and 10 persons
  • Physiotherapy center with fitness and electrotherapy equipment
  • Canteen
  • Conference room

The center’s reception area houses an exhibit of archaeological artifacts found in the area of Edipsos. Facilities also include cleaning systems as well as water collection tanks.

There are 21 private hydrotherapy spas operating in the Edipsos area, 17 of which are supplied by the Edipsos Thermal Spa. Part of the proceeds from the sale of thermal water is paid to the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos.

History of the springs

The healing properties of the thermal springs of Edipsos have been known since antiquity. They are mentioned as early as 350 BC by Aristotle and in 300 BC by Athenaeus in his book Deipnosophistae. According to Strabo's description, the springs were known as the “hot springs of Heracles.”

During the Roman period many notable patients sought out the healing powers of the Edipsos springs. Plutarch reports that in 83 BC the Roman Consul Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, who suffered from foot pain, was visiting the waters at Edipsos. From historical records we also know that Antigonus, King of the Macedonians, visited Edipsos in 280 BC, as did, among others, Gaius Poppaeus Sabinus, governor of Moesia, and the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

In the more recent history of Greece, Queen Olga, wife of King George I, stayed at the Tombazis family's Thermae Sylla Hotel in 1907. During her stay in Edipsos she founded an orphanage, named after her.



Properties of the thermal spring water of Edipsos

The natural healing waters supplying the spa come from five springs.

The Kobogianni Spring has a temperature of 70º Celsius ± 2 and is characterized as superheated and moderately carbonated. The water contains a high level of sodium chloride, as well as calcium, potassium, quartz, strontium, boron, iron, lithium, and a medium level of sulphur.

The Letta Vasilakou Spring has a temperature of 72.2º Celsius and is characterized as superheated, hypertonic and moderately carbonated. The water contains calcium, potassium, quartz, strontium, boron, fluoride, lithium, a medium level of sulphur, and a high level of sodium chloride.

The C1 Damaria Spring has a temperature of 70º Celsius and is characterized as superheated, high in chloronate, and containing calcium, quartz, strontium, boron, fluoride, lithium, and a medium level of sulphur.

The spring water is recommended for:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Skin diseases
  • Circulatory system disorders

Hydrotherapy is recommended for systemic, communicable and malignant diseases, liver and kidney failure.

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