Thermopyles – the forgotten hot spring of Greece

Thermopyles Water

While driving from Athens to the Volos port on our way to Skopelos, I planned to make a quick stop at a hot spring named Thermopyles.

When we were almost passing the place, we got off the E75 highway straight to Thermopyles. This place is pretty remote so having a car is the only way to get there. We first stopped at the monument which was honoured to the Greeks who fought during the war between Persia and Sparta at around 500 B.C. It is interesting how such a small Greek army fought against a big Persian army under Xerxes I. I am not here to give you historical lecture so as we proceeded, we found a rusty sign pointing to the left… “Thermopyles Hot Spring”. We were ready to bath in the entrance of Hades.

When we arrived at the spring, the first thing we noticed was the smell. The odour of Sulphur is strong and unpleasant. Luckily you get used to it pretty quickly. Some young guys were bathing at the spring and a few older guys were sitting there. At our right, we saw a big building which looked like a big apartment complex. We just entered the gates, put our shoes off and jumped with our legs in the water. This felt great after driving for almost 3 hours.

The place can become busy as the building next to the spring used to be a hotel. This hotel now serves home to a lot of refugees.

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