Loutra Apollonia on Lake Volvi


A little east of Thessaloniki in the center of Macedonia on the Greek peninsula of Halkidiki is Lake Volvi. This picturesque pond, with an area of ​​about 70 km 2, has a tectonic origin. Above sea level, the lake is located at an altitude of 37 meters. Its depth in some places can reach 23 meters, and its dimensions are approximately 21x6 km.

The surroundings of Volvi are characterized by lush flora and fauna and, in accordance with the Ramsar Convention, have received the status of a conservation zone. Here you can find hundreds of plant species, many of which are on the verge of extinction. The fauna includes more than two hundred species of birds, 14 species of reptiles, 30 species of fish and mammals, and 5 species of amphibians.

The climate of these places is characterized by hot, dry summers and rainy warm winters, so Volvi never freezes, which allows residents of Thessaloniki and other nearby settlements to relax in these places all year.

Lake Volvi has a neighbor sister - a small lake Lagkada (or Koroni), with which it is connected by a canal, artificially restored by the authorities in the 80s. And millions of years ago, the lakes of Volvi and Lakgada were a single huge body of water, the so-called Magdanian basin.

Photo and description

The picturesque Lake Volvi is a lake of tectonic origin located on the peninsula of Halkidiki, about 40 km northeast of the city of Thessaloniki. In the writings of the famous ancient Greek historian Thucydides, the lake is mentioned under the name "Bolby".

Lake Volvi is located at an altitude of 37 m above sea level and is the second largest lake in Greece. Its area is approximately 68 sq. Km, and the average depth is 13 m (maximum - 23 m). Residents of nearby settlements use lake water to irrigate fields. The lands adjacent to the lake are used as pastures.

Lake Volvi and its environs are famous for their rich flora and fauna and are a conservation zone under the Ramsar Convention. More than 300 species of plants grow here (unfortunately, some of them are currently under threat of extinction), and 200 species of birds, more than 30 species of mammals, 14 species of reptiles, 5 species of amphibians and about 30 species of fish live, among which and several endemic.

These places are characterized by mild Mediterranean climate with warm rainy winters and dry hot summers. The lake does not freeze even in winter and, given the proximity to Thessaloniki (only about an hour away), it is especially popular with fans of outdoor recreation all year round.

Not far from Lake Volvi there is also Lake Koroni (now also known as Lake Lagcada), which has almost dried up today. About a million years ago, connected today only by a narrow channel (artificially restored in 1980), the lakes of Koroni and Volvi were part of the huge Migdanian basin.

List of diseases for prevention

since 1937, the loutra of Nea Apollonia has been recognized as therapeutic for such diseases:

- diseases of joints and peripheral nerves,
- pulmonary diseases,

- Rheumatism
- sciatica
- Backache
- Epicondylitis
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
- Cervical Syndrome
- Osteoporosis
- Migraine
- Skin diseases (eczema - psoriasis - rash - allergic dermatitis)
- Gynecological diseases
- Diseases of the bladder.

Under the guidance and supervision of qualified scientific personnel, inhalation is most suitable for treatment of respiratory diseases, such as:
- Rhinitis
- sinusitis
- Pharyngitis and laryngitis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Allergic asthma
- Restrictive lung diseases

Prices in thermal springs:
Hamam, Sauna hydromassage-6E / person
-simple shower or pool-4,50E

- single room 25E per day
- double room 30E per day
- triple room 36E per day