Ypati Thermal Spa

The Ypati Thermal Spa is about 18 kilometers west of Lamia on the road to Karpenissi, in a verdant area of the Fthiotida Plain, next to the foothills of Mount Oeta. It occupies a total area of about 900,000 square meters.

The Ypati Thermal Spa, together with the surrounding area as well as the hydrotherapeutic and hotel facilities, became the property of GNTO under the provisions of Law 1624/1951, following a series of purchases, exchanges, donations and expropriations.

Decree No. 244/2013 of the Athens Administrative Court of Appeal (Government Gazette 3025/Β/28.11.2013) transferred full ownership of the spa to HRADF and by Law 4389/2016 the Ypati Thermal Spa is included in the properties listed in Annex C, which remain the property of HRADF.

Facilities & Services

The facilities of the Ypati Thermal Spa include a hydrotherapeutic center of approximately 2,680 square meters, and underground space of 1,264 square meters. The building includes luxury baths, which are surrounded by a number of waiting and rest rooms for bathers. The hydrotherapy clinic has a total of 80 baths, including luxury baths, regular baths, special treatment baths, and baths for people with severe skin diseases.

The building has mechanical ventilation systems to remove gases, and water-jet spray cleaners operating at 80º Celsius for cleaning the baths.

Facilities also include:

  • Reception and waiting area
  • Outdoor swimming pool of 187 square meters, which opened in 2006 and serves more than 16,000 visitors annually
  • Outdoor pool café
  • Physiotherapy clinic in the hydrotherapy center

Additional buildings on the site include:

  • A 154 square meter building, housing the social insurance office for the Ypati area
  • A 50 square meter building that formerly housed the national telephone company and the post office, which now serves as a storage space
  • An 80 square meter ground floor shop space
  • Three hotels that are currently closed. Including:
    • Hotel Xenia of approximately 6,000 square meters. Built in 1959, first opened in 1960 and refurbished in 1986
    • Hotel Lamia, classified as a listed property
    • Hotel Ypati, classified as listed property
  • Ground floor retail space of 300 square meters, which formerly operated as a restaurant operating on a seasonal basis
  • Ground floor Café-Restaurant of 188.4 square meters and with auxiliary spaces of 72.8 square meters
  • House for doctors performing rural service, with an area of 120 square meters, and consisting of three buildings that are used by the municipality
  • Sports facilities covering 32,000 square meters in area comprising:
    • 2 tennis courts
    • 2 volleyball courts
    • 1 basketball court
    • 1 soccer field

This land was granted by decision of the Ministry of Agriculture in 1988 (Decision No. 112306/19.2.1988), free of charge, with full freehold rights, to the community of Loutra Ypati, for the construction of sports fields.

  • Church of Agios Konstantinos. The total area of the Church together with the courtyard and the surrounding area is estimated to be 2,500 square meters.
  • Primary school. The total area of the school together with the courtyard area is 6,500 square meters
  • Cemetery with an area of approximately 8,500 square meters

History of the Ypati Thermal Spa

Loutra Ypati is located at the foot of Mount Oeta. The village is a municipal district of the Municipality of Lamia and has 645 inhabitants. The name is due to the thermal baths in the village, which was created as a spa town in the late 19th century. The natural springs were known for their healing properties as early as the 4th century BC.

The waters of Ypati spring rose after a great earthquake in 427 BC. The organization of the spa began in 1805, and in 1903 the Ypati Thermal Spa was the only well-organized spa in the country. In 1960 a standard hydrotherapy clinic with modern facilities was built and put into operation. The hot springs of Loutra Ypati hold a special place among the springs of Greece, due to the reputation of their waters

Properties of the thermal spring water of Ypati

The natural spring water of Ypati, according to Ministerial Decision No. 27370/30.12.2014 (ETA Protocol No. 0681/30.01.2015), is recognized as therapeutic. The therapeutic spring water of Ypati is unique among Greek springs for being rich in both carbonic acid and hydrogen sulphide.

The spring water has a temperature of 33.2º Celsius, and is characterized as hypothermic, hypertonic and strongly carbonated. The water contains medium levels of sulphide, as well as chloronate, calcium, potassium, strontium, boron, bromide, and lithium.

The water temperature is similar to normal body temperature, which makes it particularly suitable for hydrotherapy.

The carbonic acid content of the spring makes it suitable for treating:

  • The circulatory system
  • The nervous system
  • Dysfunctions and disturbances of cardiac function
  • Hypertension
  • Illnesses due to severe illness
  • Recovery from chronic diseases of the nervous system
  • Neuralgia, convulsions, etc.

The hydrogen sulphide content of the spring makes it suitable for treating:

  • Various skin diseases, chronic rashes and especially eczema, dermatitis, urticaria, and acne
  • Chronic rheumatic diseases and arthritis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Post-traumatic stress

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

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