Most visitors, during their stay in the beautiful city of Athens, have plenty of opportunities to get a real taste of all that’s wonderful about Greece. Whether it’s visiting some of the most important historical monuments in the country, such as the Acropolis, exploring traditional Athenian neighborhoods like Plaka as well as the modern city center, taking in some of the world’s top museums, or getting a taste of that famous Greek nightlife, Athens delivers an experience unlike no other.
The capital of Greece and the surrounding historic region of Attica, though, have thousands of unique faces, and countless other fascinating places to see and experience – especially for those who either have a few more days at their disposal, or are keen to venture out and discover some of the cities hidden gems.
One of these special parts of Attica is the Vouliagmeni Lake, a naturally brackish (salty) lake located in a beautiful seaside area just 25 km away from the center Athens that’s become known as the ‘Athenian Riviera’. The water of the lake – which is only half a meter above sea level – is brackish due to its being linked to the sea via a cavern, which allows sea water to mix with the lake’s source of naturally hot fresh water (the water temperature of the lake is usually between 22 to 29 degrees Celsius).
Scientists have in fact discovered that the lake was created around 2,000 years ago, when a large part of the roof of an underground cave collapsed. Today, the area surrounding the lake has been designed to offer visitors a unique thermal spa experience that’s ranked one of the best in the country (its facilities are fully certified as authentic thermal springs).
The lake’s water is rich in salts and minerals, and has both relaxing and healing properties. The whole area’s design in fact offers the visitor plenty of space for relaxation and sunbathing, or simply enjoying a coffee or alcoholic beverage, as well as a variety of great food options. It’s also a popular destination for sports and outdoor enthusiasts, offering many excellent experiential activities.
Vouliagmeni Lake is not only a unique geological phenomenon, but also a landscape of unique experiences that really should be considered if you’re planning a visit to Athens.
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Chrissa Krassa has been involved in the tourism sector since 2000 as the Director of the Philoxenia Tourism Exhibition. She is co-founder of Top Tourism, a non-profit company promoting Greek tourism and culture. She is also ambassador for Greece to the World Food Travel Association.