The spa town of Aidipsos, or Loutra Edipsou has been a popular place to “take the waters” ever since ancient times when the hot springs attracted jet-setters including Aristotle, Plutarch, the Emperor Hadrian and, more recently Winston Churchill. Today you can chose from luxury spas where water gushes from designer fountains, to al fresco bathing under your own umbrella where the hot springs run into the sea.
The main harbour where we moor after a day’s sailing, attracts fisherman from the town to gossip and try their luck along the breakwater. Behind, leading up to the hot springs, the lively sea front bustles of a summer evening with people selling charcoal roasted sweet corn and designer jewellery, as well as mineral mud cosmetics; natural sponges; herbs and lotions. Here you can eat in one of the many sea front restaurants and watch the sun go down before trying a moonlit dip in the hot springs.
Actual spa medical treatment involves squirting jets of sulphurous water into parts of the body in ways that make you wonder whether being ill isn’t infinitely preferable but you can go for a mixture of cream and mud massages that keep the minerals strictly external.