Milos island thermal springs
THERMAL WATERS AND SPA
Milos is an island full of geological wealth. Major mining companies estract bentonite, kaolin, perlite and pozzolan, and their activity has somehow curbed the development of tourism, mainly for conflicting interests. On the other hand, these companies have preserved the island from a wild and extended tourist development. Among the many untapped wealth (eg.: geothermal energy, gold mining, the exploitation of which the population has so far declined), there are thermal waters, often unknown to tourists and to the islanders themselves.
Thermal waters are scattered over the island, inland as at sea. In Adamas there are "spas" operated by the municipality. From July 15 to October 15, from 8 to 13 - cost 2 €, approx.
Milostravel thanks Dr. Petros Armenis, medical and passionate historian and philologist of Milos, who briefly describes below the thermal waters of Milos.
The thermal waters of Milos (spa)
Milos is a volcanic island located within the northern Aegean, and therefore it has warm soils, water vapors and thermal wells.
The thermal waters of Milos have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. Hippocrates in his "Peri Epidimion" quoted the waters for dermatitis and obesity.
Milos today has a little spa in Adamas, in a cave called "Ta loutra tou lakkou ", the baths of the pit. The water has a temperature from 35 to 41° C, and the well is characterized as a basis of sodium chloride. It is recommended for neuro arthritis and osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle pain and neuralgia, rheumatism, leucorree.
In olden times the thermal waters of Milos were used to treat skin diseases, due to their sulfur content. Another source, known as "Loutra Alikìs", was recommended for women's diseases and infertility. Today the cave is walled and does not work. (Baths of Aliki, opposite to Milos power plant, near the sea, seems to generate the same water type).
In general, the thermal waters of Milos are not exploited. Hot springs and geysers are found anywhere near the sea, but their easy accessibility are in areas of Kanava (Baths of Aliki above) and on the right side of Paleochori's beach.
Instructions for use: Before using thermal waters I suggest you consult a physician for:
- Ensure that the disease is treatable with thermal waters
- Ensure that the general state of the patient allows these baths.
Each bathroom must not exceed half an hour, and the patient may test his tolerance to it. We recommend up to 21 baths.
Petros Armenis, M.D. in Milos