Loutraki is a small picturesque town in the Peloponnese, famous for its thermal and mineral springs. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Corinth, it is surrounded by mountains and towered by the peak of Mount Geraneia.
Loutraki is the center of the district of Loutraki- Perachora. Its area is almost 197,000 sq km, its population - 21,000 people. The town is located 84 km from Athens and only 4 km from the city of Corinth.
Since 1925 the town is recognized as a curative resort and is considered to be the first and most popular health resort in Greece.
A Bit of History
Even in ancient times, this region was known as the land of Perea, and on the site of the modern town the ancient town of Therma was situated. Therma, famous for its hot springs was considered to the favorite town of the Olympian gods. The patron goddess of the town was Artemis.
The modern history of Loutraki can be counted from 1847, when the healing properties of its mineral springs were first announced in Italy.
In 1928 Loutraki was completely destroyed by the earthquake and rebuilt.
In 1930 the first casino of Greece was built in Loutraki. Today it’s the hallmark of the town and the biggest casino in Europe.
The origin of the name Loutraki is obvious – loutra in Greek means "thermal springs."