Located just 20 kilometers south of Athens, Lake Vouliagmeni is one of the most recognized thermal wonders of Greece. A place of singular beauty, perfect to relax and enjoy its waters for a few hours. Do you want to know more about him? Then pay attention.
How Lake Vouliagmeni came about
Millions of years ago, where the lake is today there was a hot spring cave.The humidity and high temperatures of these waters caused the cave's roof to collapse, exposing the wonderful panoramic view it currently has.Aerial view of the lake
The lower part of the lake hides an underwater cave formed by 14 tunnels. Although it has not been investigated or explored until the end, it is currently believed to hide the longest tunnel in the world or, at least, is among the longest.
The waters of the lake come from both the sea and thermal springs in the area. Therefore the salinity index is not very high.
The waters of Lake Vouliagmeni
Its waters maintain a temperature between 22 and 29 degrees. This allows you to enjoy the lake throughout the year. In addition, these waters, both those that come from the sea and those that come from the hot springs, are continually renewed.Lake Vouliagmeni - Vasileios Gkinopoulos / Flickr.com
The therapeutic qualities of these waters cause many people with physical ailments to approach the lake to treat their illnesses and pains. Due to its richness in minerals and its temperature, lake water helps relieve bone, dermatological and gynecological problems.
But beyond the therapeutic qualities of the waters, this is a place that can be enjoyed in other ways. In fact, you have to look at the beauty of the lake environment and in the various recreational activities that can be done in its surroundings.
This lake was declared a natural monument several years ago. And in a space with so much nature, a very curious fauna and flora develop. For example, within this lake a species of sea anemone develops that has not been found anywhere else.
Data you should know before going
Lake Vouliagmeni is, as we anticipated, very close to Athens. From the Greek capital it takes half an hour by car, although it can also be reached by bus.
Price of admissionLake Voluagmeni - Christos Vassiliou / Flcikr.com
Such is the fame and the influx of people who arrive to spend a day at the lake, that some time ago it was decided that a ticket be paid. Prices vary according to the day of the week and the age of the visitors:
- Adults: from Monday to Friday the entrance costs 12 euros. On weekends and holidays it costs 15 euros.
- Children between 5 and 12 years old: every day of the week the price is 6 euros. Children under 5 do not pay admission.
- Students with a card: there is a reduced price for them. From Monday to Friday the ticket price is 9 euros. On weekends and holidays you have to pay 12 euros.
Services offered by the complex
Lake Vouliagmeni not only has the thermal space, but you can enjoy and use during the time of your stay the other services offered. They are services such as cafeteria, changing rooms, restaurant (you can eat in it without paying the entrance to the complex) or playground
The opening hours vary depending on the time of year and, more specifically, the hours of sun. Thus, The opening is done when the sun rises, at dawn, and closes when it gets dark. Check before going the schedules so you can enjoy as much space as possible.
Another important fact that you should keep in mind is that This lake is open to the public throughout the year. As we indicated, the water temperature does not change, so you can enjoy this place regardless of the date of your trip to Athens.