Written by lashr1999 on 31 Oct, 2005
One thing you have to remember if you take a day tour bus trip from Athens is that you have to prepare yourself to wake up with the sunrise. Most trips take off around 6:30am. That's not so good if you have had a late…Read More
One thing you have to remember if you take a day tour bus trip from Athens is that you have to prepare yourself to wake up with the sunrise. Most trips take off around 6:30am. That's not so good if you have had a late night.
The countryside leading to Delphi was pretty nice. On our way we had a short stop at Levadia, where I ate some chocolate gelato. There were some pretty good size chucks of chocolate inside. After, I took a small nap on the bus, and when I woke up we had arrived in Delphi.
The history of Delphi started approximately 1400 BC. Kings and warriors came to Delphi to consult the oracle of Pythia (the priestess). They offered treasures in order to obtain advice from the oracle. The oracle was thought to communicate with God. The Pythian games were held at Delphi every 4 years in honor of the god Apollo. There were contests among athletes, poets, musicians, philosophers, etc. German archaeologists from 1840 and the French School of Athens from 1892 helped to excavate Delphi.
The temple of Apollo dominates the center. The Sacred Way leads up to the temple. To the right and left there are many buildings, such as Treasuries of the Athenians, the Sikyonians, the Sifnians, Arcades, the Stoa of the Athenians, and others. There are also the remains of the theatre, the Gymnasium, and the temple of Athena Pronoia.
Upon our arrival, we headed to the archaeological museum. The archaeological museum contains finds from the site of Delphi, such as offerings and architectural parts. We saw statues from the different ages of Greece. The Grecian Sphinx that was here is similar to the one in Egypt but is thinner and smaller and has a man-like face. There was a statue of a charioteer and recreations of how the statue would have looked like if it was not destroyed. In fact, many of the statues were burned by those who did not believe in these gods. What was left was reconstructed. The burning happened to the once-gold-foiled statues of the twin kouroi, of the gods Apollo and Artemis. What is left of Apollo looks like a black-charcoal face with a place where some of the material may have melted in the form of a tear, which makes it look like he was crying. There are many other interesting finds in the museum, too numerous to mention.
After the museum, we walked around the actual ruins of Delphi. The most notable for me was the Treasury of Athens, the Temple of Apollo, and the stadium. The visible ruins of the Temple of Apollo belong to the last temple, dated to 4th century B.C. The monument was partly restored from 1938 to 1941.
The Treasury of Athens was built by the Athenians at the end of the 6th century B.C. in order to house their offerings to Apollo. It was restored from 1903 to 1906 and is the best-preserved building on the site.
I was the only one to run to the top to get a picture of the stadium below. I became scared, as I could not see the people on the bus. I ran down for a few minutes, then relaxed when I caught sight of someone on my bus. I was relieved I was going the right way and not lost.
For lunch the tour took us to a small restaurant, and it was good. They served Greek salad, bread, quiche, and chicken. The restaurant was setting up for a 500-person tradition Greek wedding later that afternoon. I found it funny that the people at my table I had just meet were all medical people. Two were going to a diabetes conference and were from Australia and the other was from Portugal, here for a family medicine conference.
After eating, we headed to the small town of Aracova, which was built on the slopes of Parnassus. You can find handwoven quilts, carpets, and rugs, but they cost a lot. They have some good wine and cheese as well. I enjoyed another ice cream before heading back to the bus.
All in all, Delphi is a must visit if you like history. What stands now is mostly in ruins, but the museum shows impressive pictures of what the site would have looked like when it was new. If anyone is considering doing a tour of Delphi, try Key Tours.
Written by AurelieFrenchie on 24 Jul, 2004
This is probably one of the most interesting archaeological sites I have seen in Greece so far, because the Akrotiri has been kept as it was before the volcano eruption that buried it. The archaeologists haven’t restored it and are not trying to rebuild the…Read More
This is probably one of the most interesting archaeological sites I have seen in Greece so far, because the Akrotiri has been kept as it was before the volcano eruption that buried it. The archaeologists haven’t restored it and are not trying to rebuild the town to make it more realistic. Probably because there is already a lot left from this town. The only work they seem to have done to it is putting some new wood and cement supports on the windows of the houses, which was of course necessary to avoid the whole thing to collapse!
The Akrotiri is located at the southwestern tip of Santorini island. Some tunnels through the volcanic ash uncovered the structures, two and three stories high, first damaged by an earthquake then buried by the eruption. Professor Maritanos, the excavator, was killed by a collapsing wall and is also buried on the site, which made him an "island hero". The excavators have never found any human bones on the site, which made historians guess that the Minoan people knew about the eruption, and had decided to leave the island and go to Crete (South of Santorini), which had the largest Minoan community at the time. Unfortunately, the eruption was so big that it also reached Crete and killed these people who had tried hard to find a safer place to live in.
Only a small part of what was the largest Minoan city outside of Crete has been excavated so far. This part contains the square (center) of the village that is believed to have been the meeting point in the past, and the place from where the general (equivalent of the mayor of the town) could watch his people and observe what was happening on the main part of the town. That is why one building on the square has a huge window: the general was probably sitting there observing the activity of the town. Lavish frescoes adorned the walls, and Cretan pottery was found stored in a chamber. Most of the frescoes are currently exhibited in Athens, though you see excellent reproductions at the Thira Foundation in Fira.
Written by AurelieFrenchie on 06 Aug, 2004
The beaches on Santorini are bizarre; they 're made of long black stretches of volcanic sand that get extremely hot in the afternoon sun. The Red Beach is even more spectacular because it has red but also white and black sand when you walk further…Read More
The beaches on Santorini are bizarre; they 're made of long black stretches of volcanic sand that get extremely hot in the afternoon sun. The Red Beach is even more spectacular because it has red but also white and black sand when you walk further down. When you stay on the red sand part, you are surrounded by some amazing red cliffs that remind you of the legend of Hannibal and his elephants who left their blood on the French mountains when they died during the battles! The water there is very warm when you go on a hot day and has a beautiful turquoise color. The beach has one or two little cafes but if you want to have a meal, you can stay at the tavernas next to the beach or the Akrotiri (archaeological site). You access the Red Beach by walking from the Akrotiri. It’s a 15 minutes walk and you get to walk on the red cliffs. VERY spectacular!! Close
Written by pletch99 on 20 Oct, 2002
During the sixties and seventies, Mykonos built up a reputation as a destination for gay travellers. While it is certainly true that the island still welcomes thousands of gay visitors each year, these days, the crowds are much more mixed. Indeed the presence of a…Read More
During the sixties and seventies, Mykonos built up a reputation as a destination for gay travellers. While it is certainly true that the island still welcomes thousands of gay visitors each year, these days, the crowds are much more mixed. Indeed the presence of a large gay community is one of several factors that give Mykonos a real cosmopolitan feel that I really liked. Now, Mykonos has developed a new reputation, that of being a party island. If you are the sort of person whose idea of a holiday is to lie on a beach by day and drink and dance by night, then Mykonos would probably suit you. However, if, like me, you look for a little more in an island than crowded beaches and lively bars and clubs, then Mykonos will probably disappoint.
Having said this, a visit to Mykonos is not without highlights. For a start it is the main place for day trips to the ruins at Delos, which are well worth a visit. Secondly I thought Mykonos Town, the capital, was fabulous. The heart of the old town is situated between the almost circular harbour and a small hill upon which sit the islands trademark windmills. The old town itself is a maze of narrow winding streets absolutely chock full of houses, churches, touristy shops, restaurants, bars and clubs all cluttered together in what is really a pretty small area. The area positively teems with human activity from mid morning until near dawn. Part of the charm is the fact that it is hard to keep your bearings, the streets were deliberately designed to confuse pirates and the effect works equally well on tourists. One minute you are walking past shops you’ve seen several times before, then a turn and you stumble upon a new set of shops and bars just as you are convinced you have seen everything the old town has to offer.
A small sub section of the old town, known as Little Venice, pushes right up against the sea. In this area you will pay a premium for food and drink, with beer up to twice as expensive as bars just a couple of streets away. Some of the clubs have the reputation for being a bit choosy whom they let in. I can’t really comment, since I wasn’t prepared to risk being told that my face didn’t fit. My bar of choice was the Skandinavian Bar\Disco, in reality a two bars separated by a reasonably wide bit of street (for Mykonos anyway) with a disco upstairs. The real beauty of this bar is the ability to sit outside at three in the morning supping from a beer that didn’t require a mortgage to buy. The bar is on a busy through-fare and it’s a great place to people watch.
Much as I liked Mykonos Town, I was left cold by the rest of the island. It is a dry, dusty affair and in many places thoroughly scruffy. The village of Ano Mera is worth a visit if only to see the monastery and church of Panayia Tourliani. The monastery located on the main square of the village, one of the few large squares I saw in the islands, an attractive and slightly forbidding whitewashed structure with a red roof. While it is well worth spending ten minutes to step inside the monastery there is little else other than a few tavernas around the square.
Mykonos is famous for its beaches. The south coast is sheltered from the wind and unless you are very unlucky in the summer you are pretty much guaranteed unbroken sunshine for days to come. The south coast consists of a series of bays each one harbouring a sandy beach. The beaches vary only in the amount of people lying on them and the loudness of the music pumped out by the beach bars. The beaches have been given names like Paradise and Super Paradise, but to me at least the best things about these beaches is the dramatic switchbacks of the dusty roads that lead down to them. Once you get there the crowds lounging on the beach immediately swamp you. By early afternoon there is barely an inch of sand that doesn’t have one of the beautiful people lying on it. While there are plenty of sun loungers and parasols, don’t sit down for even a second if you aren’t wealthy. The guys who rent them out have eyes like a hawk and once you’ve sat down they pounce – a lazy afternoon on a sun lounger is not a cheap experience.
Personally I went to Paradise to see what it was like. It took me about three seconds to decide that I didn’t want to stay – Paradise is a place for people with beautiful bodies who worship the sun. As a slightly tubby Englishman whose idea of fun at the beach is to arrive, swim and leave, preferably somewhere beautiful and almost deserted it wasn’t hard to decide that Paradise wasn’t for me.
Written by lashr1999 on 11 Nov, 2005
After eating breakfast, we headed to do the tour of Lindos, which is a town on the east coast of the island of Rhodes. It was a long drive to get there. When there, I thought that you could take a tram to the top…Read More
After eating breakfast, we headed to do the tour of Lindos, which is a town on the east coast of the island of Rhodes. It was a long drive to get there. When there, I thought that you could take a tram to the top of the acropolis and told an older lady on a tour that that’s what you could do. However, the only way up was to walk up the hundreds of stairs in the hot sun. On the journey you can buy some handmade lace tablecloths from the various old ladies selling them on the side of the mountain.
The Dorian Greeks founded Lindos in the 10th century BC. The acropolis was fortified by several groups of people who took control of it. It was fortified by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the knights of St John, and the Ottomans. This causes much difficulty during excavations as the various groups tore down some older structures and built their own structures. Conservationists have a hard time uncovering who built what and when. The acropolis was dominated in ancient times by the temple of Athena Lindia built around 300 BC. Inside there is a table for offering and the base of the statue of Athena. The acropolis also contains the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the Emperor Diocletian. The Castle of the Knight of St John was built on the Byzantine fortification. The walls and towers of this structure follow the curves of the cliffs. You can see 20 of the 42 columns of the Great Ach of 300 BC still standing. There is also a sculpture of a warship made by Pythocrete. I walked with Tiffany to get back down to the bus. When we were walking down, we saw members from our group going in the opposite direction. We realized that we were going in the wrong direction. We walked down, and it seemed like we were the last ones. We did not see the bus where it had left us off. Tiffany said that she remembered that the guide said the buses would be at another entrance, not where we were let off. We did not want to be left on the island by the bus. We decided to take a cab there since we were late and didn’t know far it was. It was only 2 minutes up the hill by cab, and at least we were not the last ones on the bus.
Next the bus took us up to the gates of the old city of Rhodes, which is a World Heritage Site. The city is enclosed by medieval walls. The walls are 12m thick and the moat is 21m wide. Today the moats have green grass and paths instead of water, but they were impressive at that time. The length of the walls is 4km. Each of these sections was defended in medieval times by a different langues, or tongues, depending on the language spoken where the knights came from. There were seven langues or tongues: England, Germany, France, Auvergne, Provence, Italy, and Castille-Aragon. The leader of each section reported to the Grand Master. There are seven gates through which you can enter the old city. When you enter, try to imagine the city without the tourist shops, restaurants, and the modern touches. It was here that a few Christian knights tried to hold off the invading Muslim Ottoman Turks. The city was eventually seized, and in 1523 the knight and 5,000 who were alive were allowed safe passage to leave the city.
The city is divided into three parts: the Acropolis of the Knight, the Palace of the Grand Master, and the Jewish Quarter. The street where the knights roamed still have some house with coats of arm. You can visit the 3rd-century remains of the temple of Aphrodite, the lodge of the Knight of Aiberne, the lodge of the Battalion of England, the palace of the Grand Master, and the archaeological museum. The history of the place is very interesting, especially after you have read a book, such as "The Da Vinci Code." When you get tired, stop off and get some ice cream or coffee at one of the shops. I know I had to run to a shop to get an ice cream when the guide was talking to beat some of the heat. After visiting the old city, we walked through the new city on our own.
The new town of Rhodes was founded by the Greeks who did not leave with the knights in 1522. Much of the new city was built by the Italians after they took it over from the Ottoman empire. Mussolini had much influence on the city, so there are many Art Deco buildings mixed with neoclassical structures. In the new city there are traffic lights, stores, hotels, etc. From here you can see Mandraki Harbor and the tower of St Nicholas from the 15th century at the end of the pier. There are three windmills that still stand and lead to the tower. Two deer statues stand at the entrance to the harbor. These statues were built by the Italians, who brought actual deer to Rhodes to combat the snakes of Rhodes. It is said that the Colossus of Rhodes once stood close to these statues. After having some ice cream, we walked to the beach, which was a few minutes away. This beach was crowded with people. We went into the clear waters and stayed for awhile before heading back to the ship.
Instead of taking the ships tour of Patmos, we decided to take a cab to the Cave of Revelation. The ships tour cost about 46 Euro each, while instead we would pay less than 5 Euro each round-trip to take a cab that would wait for…Read More
Instead of taking the ships tour of Patmos, we decided to take a cab to the Cave of Revelation. The ships tour cost about 46 Euro each, while instead we would pay less than 5 Euro each round-trip to take a cab that would wait for us.
It is said that St John was banished from Ephesus to Patmos for preaching about Jesus. Here, St John continued his work. The cave was a holy place and a place to get away from the hot Mediterranean sun in those days. St John had a vision of Jesus telling him something through a crack in the cave. The first part of the vision was about seven touches and seven angels holding seven churches. It stated that the churches were deviating from the path and should correct themselves before all is lost. The second part of the vision is about the apocalypse, which will happen if the churches do not change their ways. For nine centuries, people from all over the world have come to see this cave.
We kind of joked how the crack looked like someone’s behind. Costa, one of the friends from our group, had seen some sort of room in the building near the cave. Costa spoke in Greek to one of the priest in the cave and asked him if this was a secret room. The priest kind of looked upset and told him not to ask about it again. We all went back up and followed Costa to the room he had seen. It looked like a tool shed, but based on the priests reaction, there must be some sort of real secret room there.
We walked back to the cab, which then took us up to the monastery of St John the Devine. It was built over 900 years ago and looked more like castle to me. Here, they have a treasury with religious artifacts, but we didn’t think it was worth the 8 Euro to go in and see it. We saw a small tub and then thought back to the latrine we had just seen in Ephesus. We then joked about how many priests could fit into that tub. The tub was actually used for kneading bread. There are many religious icons and mosaics on the walls to see.
In Kusadasi, Turkey, I took an optional excursion to Ephesus. Ephesus is considered to be one of the greatest outdoor museums in Turkey due to the variety of structures that have been excavated and remained intact. An ancient story tells how the city of Ephesus…Read More
In Kusadasi, Turkey, I took an optional excursion to Ephesus. Ephesus is considered to be one of the greatest outdoor museums in Turkey due to the variety of structures that have been excavated and remained intact. An ancient story tells how the city of Ephesus was founded. The son of the king of Athens, Androklos, was looking for a site to build a new settlement. He consulted the Oracle of Apollo, who said the new site would be indicated by a fish and a boar. One day when cooking a fish he caught, the fish jumped out of the pan and then the surrounding bush caught fire. Out jumped a boar, which Androklos killed. Androklos took this as a sign to build his settlement here. His descendants ruled for 400 years. Ephesus over the centuries was ruled by the Lydians, Persians, Romans, and Goths.
There are many wonders of ancient architecture to see in Ephesus. I will mention just a few of the sites I saw that interested me. While walking, I was impressed by the Celcus Library. It was built in 114 AF by Tiberius Aquila as a tribute to his father Celcus. The library was completed in 117 AD. The library is two stories. The interior is covered in marble. The building itself is made of marble and has reliefs with figures of Nike, Eros, and garlands. There are about 16 paired columns, eight on the top level and eight on the bottom level. There are statues in between some of the doors. The statues symbolize wisdom, knowledge, intelligence, and virtue of his father Celsus. There are niches inside the library where scrolls are said to have been kept. When the Goths took over, they burned the interior of the museum but the outer facade was left mostly intact. The Pollio Fountain, built in 97 AD, is another interesting feature located on the western side of the Agora. There are wide arches that support a small pool. The statues follow the adventures of Odysseus after the Trojan Wars and his adventures with the son of Poseidon.
The Gates of Hercules are located at the beginning of Curetes Street. There are two centrally located columns that resemble the posts for gates. On these columns are reliefs of Hercules in lion skin. They show 2nd-century craftmanship. When walking though the gates, we pushed the columns as we walked. Our guide said to do this to see if we could feel the strength of Hercules. It did not work for anyone in our group. Another interesting feature was the latriana, which were built in the first century. These are public toilets that were side by side with no partitions. The wealthy would use these toilets to do their business and talk about business and politics at the same. They used this as a sort if meeting place to talk. When first built, the floor was paved with mosaic and had ornate statues.
Another feature that has to be seen is the Ephesus theater, which was built on the slopes of Mount Panayir in the 3rd century BC. The theater has three sections: the auditorium where the audience sat; the orchestra, which is the place for actors; and the stage building. This ancient theater is still used for public performances even today. There are three huge semicircles broken up by 11 wedges of stairs. The original theater could hold 24,000 people.
Other cool reliefs I saw in Ephesus were the Aries pictures, my zodiac symbol, and the Caduceus medical symbol.
After visiting the site, our next stop on the tour was a handmade-carpet store. They gave us some apple tea as we waited. The carpets were nice, soft, and colorful, but we knew we were not going to buy thousand-dollar carpets. We all waited for the sales pitch to end and ducked out. Then we went to the Grand Bazaar of Turkey, where you could bargain for things you are going to buy. They sell things like GENUINE reproductions of original handbags. I got a pretty cool shirt from here and brought a box of the famous Turkish apple tea. The shopkeepers were pushy but not as pushy and annoying as the shopkeepers at the bazaar in Egypt.
One remark I must make here is about the dogs of the Greek and Turkish islands. When wandering around the Greek Islands, one can not help but notice the number of stray dogs and cats. They are almost everywhere. However, unlike the stray dogs and cats in the US, these seem more friendly. They come up to you waiting to be petted or asking for food. Mostly you can see them sleeping everywhere in the day. You can walk right up to them and they still will sleep. Costa, one of my friends on the tour, said that when he was crossing the street at the bazaar in Turkey, he actually stepped on one of the dogs. The dog just walked away without barking. The dog just looked back as if to say, "Why did you disturb my sleep?"
Guide for saints Mykonos is one of the smallest of the Cyclades Islands of Greece. It is only 7 miles wide and 10 miles long. Greek mythology suggests that the huge rocks around the island are really the remains of the last giants that Hercules killed.…Read More
Guide for saints
Mykonos is one of the smallest of the Cyclades Islands of Greece. It is only 7 miles wide and 10 miles long. Greek mythology suggests that the huge rocks around the island are really the remains of the last giants that Hercules killed.
When stepping off the ship at the port, walk along the waterfront. Here you may see the town’s mascot, Petros the Pelican. Petros was left behind when a group of migrating birds passed the island in the 1950s. The bird was too exhausted to fly with his friends. Fishermen found him and nursed him back to health. The original Petros has passed, but the locals keep replacing him with different pelicans to continue the story. The current version is a very large bird. I watched him from a distance. Only one from our group had the courage to go up close to him. When walking through Mykonos, you may fall in love with the white-washed streets, the blue-domed churches, and the cubical houses. It is said that the long winding streets around the island were built to confuse invading pirates. Today, when wandering the streets, you may find an unexpected shop or place to relax. If you get tired of walking, sit down at a coffee shop, drink some iced coffee, and watch as the people pass by. My friends and I sat down and ate a gyro. That hit the spot!! The southern part of the island is where you can see the famous windmills. If you wander around, you will find isolated places without the tourists. It is here where you can relax. In fact, in one such place we saw them drying fishes near a boat.
Guide for sinners or those who have a touch of bad
We continued to walk around and then found the store that sells bus tickets to Paradise Beach. We bought tickets to go on the bus to the beach. There are a dozen or so beaches on the island. Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are two of the designated nude beaches on the island. When we arrived, there were a couple of topless girls on the sand. While other nude beaches in Europe attract mainly older people, the crowd here is younger and fit, shall we say. There's plenty of eye candy; no matter what you're looking for, there are people of all shapes, sizes, races, ages, and persuasions there.
The sand on the beach is tan and pebbly. The water was blue and clear. You could even see small fish swimming in the water. We waded in the water then took in some sun for a while. On the boardwalk near the beach there are many bars with lively people dancing in them. It was only the early evening and the party had just begun. There was a guy in a thong attracting attention, groups of ladies, and people dancing. That was not his hand that was shaking. Women were in very skimpy outfits and dirty dancing. Let's just say that "Girls Gone Wild" would have plenty of material if they filmed here. It’s too bad we had to head back early, since the last bus back to the city center was at 8pm and we had to get back to our ship. I would have liked to have seen how crazy it gets at night.
Written by AurelieFrenchie on 30 Jul, 2004
During the past 20 years the town of Áyios Nikólaos (8,130 inhabitants), about 43 miles (69km) east of Heraklion, has boomed under the patronage of package-tour groups who fill up hotels along the coastline. During the summer months, the harbour area, with its numerous restaurants,…Read More
During the past 20 years the town of Áyios Nikólaos (8,130 inhabitants), about 43 miles (69km) east of Heraklion, has boomed under the patronage of package-tour groups who fill up hotels along the coastline. During the summer months, the harbour area, with its numerous restaurants, cafes and patisseries, hums with life and the atmosphere is cosmopolitan and brilliant. Despite this, the town has managed to retain much of the picturesqueness of the past, particularly in the centre and the town remains a pleasant place to visit and is a good base from which to explore the eastern part of the island.
The town does not boast any major historical or archaeological sites, but it does have a curiosity: the deep pool in the environs of the harbour, called Lake Voulismeni, has many tales and legends attached to it, and is believed to be bottomless. According to the myths, that’s the place where the goddess Athena came to wash.
Áyios Nikólaos also has the usual Archaeological Museum found in most Greek tourist towns, and this one is worth seeing for its growing collection of Minoan artifacts. The museum houses finds from the cemetery of Aghia Photia, dating back to 2,300 BC, including more than 1,500 vases. Besides all the Minoan finds the museum also has the skull of a young Roman athlete wearing a gold olive-leaf wreath dated to the 1st century AD. Almost everyone who stays in Áyios Nikólaos makes the two excursions to the fortified islet of Spinalónga, and the inland village of Kritsá, with its famous frescoed church dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
To the north of the harbour of Ayios Nikolaos are beaches of pebbles and rocks. Sandy beaches can be found on the northern edge of the town, at the cove of Ammoudi, at Havania and at Ammoudara. To the south of the town, at Istros, is the beautiful Bay of Voulisma with its blue-green waters and yellow sandy beach.
Written by AurelieFrenchie on 13 Aug, 2004
After walking for about an hour on the caldera, taking pictures of the scenery and observing the details of the caldera, we got back to our boat and headed up to the hot volcanic springs where everybody jumped straight from the boat in the sea.…Read More
After walking for about an hour on the caldera, taking pictures of the scenery and observing the details of the caldera, we got back to our boat and headed up to the hot volcanic springs where everybody jumped straight from the boat in the sea. The boat couldn’t go close to the hot springs so the guide asked everyone to jump, which was of course more exciting than just getting off the boat and slowly entering the hot springs. When I jumped into the sea, I first thought the water was pretty cold (we went there in June so it was not as hot as in August) but I knew that it would warm up soon!
The hot springs are located in a little cove, so we could easily go to the end of the springs. Surprisingly, there was a tiny cafe there (or taverna, it was closed in June so I am not sure what they are serving) and at the beginning of the hot springs there is a little white church.
The closer you come to the church, the warmer it gets. After 10 minutes in the sea, you think the water is really hot! In the cove you discover the therapeutic mud on the floor, we knew that this was good for your skin and your hair so we spread mud all over our body, face and in our hair! The only thing I had not thought about was that it is hard afterwards to get it off your swimming costume! (You need to wash it at least 3 times in the washing machine to take the brown colour off!!)
30 minutes later, we had to come back to the boat. I personally thought that this was too short, it seemed like we stayed in the hot springs for only 10 or 15 minutes. I think they should allow you to stay for longer than this, maybe one hour would be great. They always rush you and you don’t always have the time to enjoy the place at its maximum, but I guess they don’t have much choice with all the bookings they have every day.