Krinides-Kavala (Greece)

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January 13, 2018

Former domain of the early Macedonian Kings, who appreciated the fertile soil and the thermal waters in the area, Krinides-Kavala is today known for being the home of the first Christian church in Europe, a vibrant seaport ciy in northern Greece famous for its therapeutical muds.

Krinides Mud baths are located next to the archaeological site of Philippi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site centered by the large ancient theatre, still used today for concerts and performance. The area is set at the southwestern foot of the Lekanis hills and along the Zygaktis river, where in 50AD Apostle Saint Paul baptized Lydia, founding one of the earliest Christian communities in the continent.

Due to its historic importance, the area is protected and major hotels an only be found in neighbour Kavala, 13 km far from Krinides. The town is a dinamic seaport in northern Greece, rich in fine sandy beaches and magnificent summer villas.

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Krinides Mud Baths

 

The area of Krinides was well known from the era of the early Macedonian Kings for its fertile soil and thermal water. In 356 BC Greek Macedonian King Phillip II seized, fortified and renamed the city to Philippi. That was the first historical point for the baths. The ancient theatre and the acropolis were built at that time.

The second turning point for the baths started in 42 BC after the Battle of Philippi. The Romans inhabited the area and developed it into the biggest urban centre of the area. The Agora (commercial forum) was expanded and the first organized hot baths were built.

The third major part of the baths history began in 50 AC when Saint Paul the Apostle visited the area and baptized Lydia in Zygaktis River. The first European Christian church was built at the site and was named after her.

The last turning point dates back to the early 1980’s when the modern installations were built next to the abandoned post byzantine hamam. In 2010 a major refurbishment and modernization of the whole installation began and is expected to be complete in 2018.

The modern mud baths of Krinides are situated 2km away from the ancient Agora, where the first bathing installations were built during Roman times. They consist of a clay treatment pool which is divided in two with a male and female side, the healing water showers, the post-byzantine hamam and the massage area.

The warm waters are described as hypothermal, hypotonic, and healing and are rich in calcium, magnesium and bicarbonates. The healing clays, also naturally warm (27ºC) contain Montmorillonite, Kaolinite and Muscovite.

Mud baths, or compresses to target specific areas of the body, are offered as part of a structured treatments of 3-weeks, usually taken once a year (it's necessary to keep at least an interval of 4 months between each full-treatment). The basic treatment begins with a 25 minutes dive in the clay pool and ends in the showers where the clay is removed from the body with a healing water shower. Drinking therapy is also very popular amongst visitors.

Krinides Mud Baths have three main effects on the body

  1. Mechanical:the body is relaxed by being lifted in the clay, but also receives a uniform hydrostatic pressure, which heps to remove the pain.
  2. Thermal: with significant effects on skin, breathing and circulation.
  3. Chemical: thanks to the organic and inorganic compounds. The clay is sais to have intense anti-inflamatory, absorbent,anti-allergenic, analgesic and nourishing-rejuvenating effects, and is most popular for treating musculoskeletal and skin conditions.

The hamam offers private hydrotherapy baths of up to 20 minutes long, and there is also a wide range of massages at visitor's request: Thai massage, hot rocks massage, clay massage...

Springs:

Krinides

Earliest known use:

356 BC

Hottest Spring:

28ºC

Chemical Elements:

Calcium, Magnesium, Bicarbonates