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Loutraki 203 00, Greece
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Loutraki Greece mixes the ancient with the modern Loutraki  Greece

Loutraki Greece mixes the ancient with the modern

80 kilometers from Athens on the Corinthian Gulf is the seaside town of Loutraki. Especially popular in the summer, this town offers beautiful beaches, an oceanfront casino and excellent fine, yet relaxed dining at waterfront Paladar restaurant.

Loutraki is famous for its thermal spa touted as healing mineral waters. Since antiquity people have been bathing and drinking this "water of life”. The Loutraki Thermal Spa with indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam rooms and private rooms make it THE place to relax and recharge.

Our hotel the Club Hotel Casino Loutraki offers commanding views of the Corinthian gulf with a beach just steps away. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and ours had an expansive view of the gulf and beach. Downstairs is a small shopping mall for the guests and public. For breakfast, there is a dining area with a buffet-style breakfast with pleasing views of the courtyard.

Dinner was at the modern and sleek Paladar restaurant. The dining area is an open space with a bar running along one wall, and adjacent to that is a wall of windows overlooking the gulf. The food is what I would call “modern Greek” but not going to far astray of traditional Greek fare. Fresh seafood is the rule here; you are right on the gulf and it is truly fresh. If steak or poultry is what you prefer they do that very well too. In creating this restaurant, the owners went with a chic vibe and it is as beautiful as the food.

For short cultural day trips I recommend seeing the Corinth Canal that is an engineering wonder, and to visit The Isthmian Museum. Built in 1970 the museum showcases the history of this area. The ancient helmets, artifacts and the ruins are breathtaking. To see the elevated craftsmanship from thousands of years ago really puts this amazing culture into perspective. Summer is most popular here, and can be very busy. We visited in September, which is an ideal time, as the tourism high season begins to wind down. Loutraki has a lot to offer for two, or solo travelers but it is also family friendly. If you enjoy learning about ancient culture and savor excellent local cuisine, this is a must see and do on your next visit to Greece.