Spring of Thermopylae

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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,242 contributions
Quick look
Sep 2021
The situation has not improved since the last review in 2019. Our driver thought we should see it since it is the reason for the name of the battlefield, but we did not feel safe.

Trash! Dogs! Smell!
Written October 27, 2021
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia4,911 contributions
Trash & neglect
Jun 2019 • Couples
Only a few hundred meters from the battlefield and Leonidas monument, this spring has a long history, being mentioned in literature of both Hellenic and Roman times. So it is a disgrace to see it totally neglected, with rubbish strewn around and dodgy access to it. The adjacent buildings are currently occupied by immigrants, who clearly don't respect the place.
To turn this spring back into an interesting attraction (both from a historical and a health point of view), it needs to be cleaned up, with proper entry points (not with slippery timber pallets), a fresh-water shower to rinse off and safe parking provided.
As it currently is, I recommend staying well clear.
Written July 14, 2019
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poolboy33
4 contributions
A magical place.
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is the best natural free of charge spring in Greece wellknown from mythology. It was where Herculles was having spa after his triumphs (sic). The place is natural desserted as the facility is abandoned by the state with a refugee camp and police close by (safety ok but be cautious). Water excellent 40 C all year access slippery but ok. I have mixed feeling for the place as it so good but so saddly abandoned. Highly recommended though situated opposite Leonidas and the digital museum statue. Visit also damasta spring lake 11 km from there as the water is calm and the access is normal.
Written May 21, 2019
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David F
Rehovot, Israel212 contributions
Invigorating dip into history
Apr 2019 • Family
We visited the Thermopylae battle monument then drove to this somewhat abandoned (that would soon change) thermo spring. The area has a few campers scattered around the area and it looked like it was an area of illegal squatters. The impression from the nearby apartments were that we were in a seedy area but we arrived there early. We quickly undressed and entered the hot waters and the ever present smell of smell of Sulfur was evident.

The water flows naturally downhill to, I imagine a few other areas you can enter into the springs but we entered them at the main point. It was great fun under a cloudy and slight rainy morning.

The structures looked like they are in a state of neglect and the entry is free, so...we came for the waters didn't we? It was great fun and very relaxing until a few more families wanted to enter into the waters at the same point. We figured it was time to move on as we saw a long line of elderly folks approaching the main entry point. After a few minutes there seemed to be about 50-80 people in bathrobes preparing to take a dip! Where did they come from? By bus? I have no idea, maybe they were regular visitors from the housing projects adjacent to the site.

While we were preparing to leave we noticed a woman with her car boot open selling local jams and pickled products - she positioned herself perfectly.

All and all this was a very pleasant experience and we HIGHLY recommend you visit this soothing, somewhat neglected but beautiful spring. Who knows, maybe Leonidas and his men dipped here before the great battle?
Written May 2, 2019
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Irina N
17 contributions
A very nice place !
Jan 2019 • Couples
The spring is a wild place where you can swim and relax in the the sulfur rich water. It has many properties and benefits for your skin and health. Acording to the locals, you shouldn't stay in the water more than 20 minutes. A great place where you can take a bath is at 1.1 km away. The feeling you get by bathing in 40 degree water while it's snowing around you is amaizing.
Written January 16, 2019
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Shaul D
Holon, Israel97 contributions
Skip it
Oct 2018 • Couples
Unless you wether have specific interest on wars history or need thermal treatment for hiling, there is no reason to stop here, just another thermal spring
Written November 14, 2018
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HarriHirvela
Imatra, Finland247 contributions
Warm water and sulphur
Feb 2018 • Family
Not at all well kept or maintenanced, but fun location to get out of your car and walk a bit. If you can stand the smell, it is.

Close by seem to be barracks for immigrants or refugees, cannot really say.
Written April 26, 2018
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Michael O
7 contributions
Cool!
Mar 2018 • Family
I Enjoyed this visit very much.
The spring is really warm and probably looks much like it did back then, except for the wooden framing and rails at that site.
You’re allowed to go into the water, which we would have done, but it happened to be cold and rainy that day so we didn’t.
The 3D film they show you at the visitor center is helpful and also palatable for the whole family to get the gist of the battle and strategy involved.
Visiting the site itself is also very interesting, in spite of the fact that the landscape has changed significantly over the last 2500 years. But it was not very difficult to imagine the water being next to the mountain, where it used to be.
It was great to at least stand in the same area where the battle took place and also climb the adjacent hill where the Spartans made their last stand and died valiantly.
It’s analogous to the battlefield of Gettysburg, where there also isn’t too much to see on the field itself, yet the history of the site is enough to appreciate the area.
For me Thermopylae was definitely worth the out of the way trip from Athens. And yes, I also hit the visitor center gift shop to get my Leonidas action figure and the T Shirt with his famous quotation of “Molon Lave”! (Greek for “Come and get them” which he said when the Persians asked for the Spartans weapons/surrender)

I especially recommend this site for any history fan or for those with a military background. Otherwise, it may or may not be an interesting addition. The whole site and visitor center took about 90 minutes or so. Probably less if you’re not especially interested in it.

Our driver, Vasilis, from Olive sea travel, was very helpful both as a driver and a guide. Seek him out if you can.
Written March 25, 2018
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gloriahayswi
Madison WI USA33 contributions
A very happy, unexpected find!
Oct 2017 • Friends
We got off the main road to go to the battle museum but seeing the small signage for a spring, we took the turn & were pleasantly surprised by this unspoiled hot spring. There were only a few locals there, it was a gorgeous sunny day & we had a little time to spare before having to catch a ferry, so I joined in the ancient ritual of soaking. Truly a delight.
Written November 9, 2017
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Shlomitomer g
Israel80 contributions
Natural spa
Oct 2017 • Couples
Seriously a natural wonder! pretty easy to find by gps. Of course, The attraction is free of charge. Even in mid October the cool weather outside didn't ruin the amazing feel.
Written October 24, 2017
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