Day Boat Trip to Hot Springs of Polichnitos
Visit the ancient mineral springs for a full day outing
During the International Eressos Women's Festival you will have an opportunity to visit one of the world famous thermal baths of Lesvos. This one is located just outside Polichnitos village.
You will leave Eressos on the Santa Helena boat and we will sail East around the coast, passing wonderful islands, views and snorkelling opportunities.
The excursion is by boat cruise and certainly one that you will not want to miss while you are here!
Need to Know
This excursion is organised by Sappho Travel so please visit the office to book, or email Wendy ahead of time.
These trips fill up very quickly and priority will be given to Festival Wristband Holders.
Please bring stuff for snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing and dancing.
There is an access charge at the Baths that is approx 3 euro.
You need to bring a swimsuit and towels for the baths (there are towels for hire)
The thermal springs of Lesvos have been well known since ancient times. They are regarded and used as valid therapeutic treatments for all kinds of ailments and are therefore prescribed by doctors. Mineral and thermal baths were evident in Greece around 500 B.C. The early Greek baths were built near natural hot springs or volcanoes. Greek celebrities and the elite would meet at these natural hot springs to exchange philosophical views and treat physical ailments. Plato considered anyone who did not know how to swim as uneducated. Hippocrates (460-375 BC), believed to be the founder of medicine, recommended hydrotherapy for the treatment of disorders such as jaundice and rheumatism.
How hot it is?
Water temperatures range between 67°C and 92°C. Bath temperatures range between 42°C and 44°C.
The baths and pools are housed in a series of low constructions on the right, built under tall eucalyptus trees. These are the old buildings, which have been operating for numerous years, that were renovated to fit modern needs and include both old and new water channels. The water springs free and steaming hot, and as a result of thermophilic animalcules (algae) growing in it, on its way down gives the floor a beautiful red color.