Wellness, healing, and revitalising waters for a holistic spa holiday in Evia. The baths at Edipsos in northern Evia have been attracting illustrious visitors for millennia. Emperors like Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and Constantine the Great came to this small city in Evia to be healed by its waters. Aristotle himself tried to unlock the secret of their therapeutic powers. More recent celebrities who took long soaks in its restorative pools include jetsetters like Onassis, Callas, Greta Garbo (here she was not alone), Omar Sharif, plus countless Greek politicians, shipping magnates, industrialists, artists. Why not take a dip yourself? You don’t have to be a VIP to profit from the springs’ timeless benefits.
What to do in Edipsos
Say goodbye to stress
This is the place where you’ll shed your daily preoccupations and say goodbye to stress. You’ll feel rejuvenated, your mental clarity will be restored and you’ll leave with a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eye. This holistic spa in Evia contains more than 80 springs of varying temperatures in a location where lush vegetation grows right down to the sea. At its several public and private hydrotherapy centres, and in the pools of the town’s hotels, many have found relief from chronic ailments. You can choose sea water or mineral water, mud baths, massages or simply bathe in the sea where the springs pour into it.
Thermai Sylla Wellness Hotel: luxury in style
You’ll feel pampered the moment you step into this luxurious hotel. Not only is it housed in a magnificent listed building from 1896 that was the first hotel in Edipsos, but it’s ranked among the world’s ten best wellness centres by Conde Nast Traveler.
A gift from the Gods
The therapeutic properties of these waters were a source of inspiration for mythology. An ancient Greek myth has it that the goddess Athena asked her brother Hephaestus to create the Aidipsos springs, so that her favoured hero Hercules could rest here after each of his tasks. It is also recorded that the goddess Hera advised Deucalion and Pyrrha to shower in the warm waters in order to produce plentiful and healthy children. Soon after Pyrrha gave birth to Hellen, the mythological progenitor of the Hellenes.
Hidden gems of Edipsos
Edipsos: a journey back to the Belle Epoque
A leisurely stroll along the waterfront at Loutra Edipsos will lead you straight into the turn of the last century. Imposing period architecture is all around you; all that’s missing are the long dresses, bustles and top hats of yesteryear. That deep red building, the old Agioi Anargyroi Hydrotherapy Centre in the heart of town, is a work of Ziller, the 19th century celebrity architect.
You may also inspect the baths and caves of the Roman general Sulla, one of the most significant attractions in the area, located behind the National Tourist Organisation’s hydrotherapy facilities. And then amble out onto the boardwalk of the Kyma hotel for a magical view of the sunset over the gulf.
Sports and other activities, so much else to do
Some activities are water-related, like scuba diving from the Edipsos Diving Centre and fishing, but you can also enhance your wellbeing by hiking and mountain biking here in the heart of Evia.
A Kastalian welcome
As you enter Loutra Edipsos from the south, the stately Kastalia is the first building to greet you.