Loutraki looks different on autumn days. The color of the sea darkens, the bustling crowd of the summer season has migrated away like birds and the children are back at school. At this time of year you can park comfortably find a table and a place in the sun, or have a long last relaxed stroll on foot or a ride by bicycle, even a dip in the calm waters of the bay, which in autumn becomes even calmer like an Italian lake.
Loutraki has joined the family of European Historic spa towns, a list created in Brussels in 2009 and includes 30 resorts in 13 European countries characterized by a rich architectural heritage and whose thermal waters are recognized for their healing properties throughout Europe. Pre-war Loutraki was considered the “top” of the Greek Resorts. At the spring named Karantanis the first water plant in Greece was born and was among the first in Europe, under the name “Source Karantanis SA” it was the first municipal company operating thermal waters.
Loutraki, is famous for its healing natural mineral waters and has been a favorite resort of Athenians for decades.
Athens-Loutraki: one hour’s drive: It is almost an hour from the capital. Taking the new national Attica highway from Athens toward Corinth the region of Attica is soon left behind. The exit for Loutraki is just before we move on to the Peloponnese, near the Corinth Canal where the new highway junction (toll) and the old national road Athens-Corinth (toll-free) meet. A long straight road then leads a few kilometers to the city center.
Casino and monasteries overlooking Loutraki
Loutraki is also known for its casinos, as here in the late 20s the first casino was opened which is now found at the entrance to the city. One of the attractions of the area are the Gerania mount monasteries. The most famous is the monastery of Saint Patapios built on a steep slope in Gerania, almost hanging over Loutraki. The relics of the saint are laid in the rock which has beautiful religious paintings. The terrace at the monastery is the best place around to see the panoramic view of the area. This is situated approximately 6 km from Loutraki , on the road to Perachora village and Heraion (ancient temple on Hera).