The Therapeutic Baths of Polichnitos
The detour to the thermal bath establishment is on the road leading from Polichnitos to Vatera.
Spa waters spout from numerous springs passing through primary and secondary volcanic porous rock. Water temperatures range between 67°C and 92°C (bath temperatures range between 42°C and 44°C) in baths enriched with natural radon irradiation in the range of 15 – 25 MACHE units and are considered to be of the warmest springs in Europe. They are rich in sodium chloride and comparable to the Visbaden springs in Germany.
The baths and pools are housed in a series of low constructions on the right, built under tall eucalyptus trees. These are the old buildings, which have been operating for numerous years, that were renovated to fit modern needs and include both old and new water channels. The water springs free and steaming hot, and as a result of thermophilic animalcules (algae) growing in it, on its way down gives the floor a beautiful red color. A little further out behind the sedge woods is another building complex that houses the oblong dormitories and vaulted old spa. The three arched bridge of Almiropotamos is yet another sight to see in the area, and one of the last ones still standing today, as is the old spring made of yellow and pink soft-stone.
The Polichnitos thermal baths have been in use since the Turkish domination and have been operating with two pools since 1959. The water is clear and odorless enriched with carbonic acid, chloride and sulfate, sodium and calcium salts, free carbon dioxide, iron, magnesium and manganese compounds, as well as oxygen and traces of iodine and bromium.
In addition to the baths’ relaxing properties, they are also helpful in: chronic rheumatism, arthropathies (chronic degenerative and deforming disorders), radix neuritis, chronic disk arthritis, lumbago, sciatica, skeletal deformities or post traumatic injuries, secondary skin disease, gout, peripheral vasopathies, extrapulmonary tuberculosis, chronic upper respiratory inflammatory diseases, gynecological inflammatory diseases, fallopian tube dysfunction – dysmenorrhea, female sterility and gastritis, particularly indigestion, underdeveloped flora accompanied by hypotonicity and gastric lassitude.
Recently, the baths have been renovated - exterior & interior (with the addition of private bathing rooms, massage areas & children playground).
The Therapeutic Baths of Agios Ioannis of Lisvori
On the way to Lisvori and through an olive grove is the road to the local springs. A rivulet with wicker trees growing in the mud marks the place of the hot water bubbling spring surrounded by a man made wall. The radon irradiation rich water reaches temperatures of 69º C. This water is also rich in sodium chloride and of similar composition and indications as the Polichnitos hot water springs. This spa is equipped with two pools, one of which was built during the Turkish domination times. A renovated 20 bed hostel and small café also operate in the Lisvori spa, next to the Saint John (Agios Ioannis) tabernacle.
Municipal Unit of Polichnitos