Isteia-Aedipsos (Greece)

October 7, 2019

The name Aedipsos (Also Edipsos), meaning healing, gives an immediate sense of the special qualities of the waters in this ancient part of Greece – on the island of Evia.

According to Greek Mythology, the Goddess Athena asked her brother Hephaestus, the God of Fire to create the healing springs of Aedipsos for her protégé Hercules to rest and recover after each of his tasks. Thermal springs emerged after Hephaestus struck the earth with his hammer. Early writers such as Athinaeus, Plinius, Plutarch and Strabon, while Aristotle studied their healing powers.

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Roman emperors such as Hadrian, Septimus Severus and Marcus Aurilius visited while the town flourished, and it was the Generals Sulla, who gave his name to the baths established in a cave located behind the present day National Tourist Organisation’s hydrotherapy facilities, and ensured that the town was protected.

His name has also been lent to the most luxurious hotel here, the Thermae Sylla Spa and Hotel , completed in 1897, at the time that Loutra Edipsos, was experiencing a revival, evidenced by the Belle Epoque villas and hotels which now lend a turn of the century elegance to the town.

The old Agioi Anargyroi Hydrotherapy Centre, a large red building in the heart of town, was designed by Ziller, the 19th century celebrity architect

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As Aedipsos was revitalised during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the waters renowned for their medicinal and relaxing qualities and the developing resort not too far from Athens, attracted an international and cosmopolitan clientele such as Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Greta Garbo, Winston Churchill, Omar Sharif, royalty, politicians, shipping magnates, industrialists, artists and writers.

Not only are there five main springs which supply several spa hotels and thermal wellness centres in the town, but there are as many as 80 locally, and even a cascade pouring warm thermal mineral waters onto the beach over brightly coloured deposits of the minerals. Elsewhere on the beach the thermal water rises up under the sea, so that bathers can enjoy the best of both worlds!

Today the waters are enjoyed in privately owned spas, pools and hotels, and the Hydrotherapy Centre built in 1985 by The Greek National Tourism Organization for the relief of rheumatism, arthritis, nerve, skin and respiratory diseases, fertility problems, and many other conditions.

Isteia-Aedipsos Mineral Springs

  • Kompoyianni
  • Letta Vasilakou
  • Damaria

Earliest known use of the springs:

Pre-history (20,000 years ago)

Hottest Spring:

86ºC

Chemical Elements:

Sodium, Chlorine, Boron, Potassium, Carbon Dioxide,Hydrogen Sulphide, Iron, Zinc and Copper

The Ancient Name is Thermae of Heracles