|Location:||South of Athens. At the town Vouliagmeni, close to the sea. Follow the road towards Sounio, on the left side.|
Adults EUR 8.
All year daily until sunset.
Lake: A=0.4m asl, T=24°C.
Vouliagmeni Lake, Vouliagmenis Avenue, Vouliagmeni 16671, Attica, Tel: +30-210-8962237, Tel: +30-210-8962239.
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|1889||described by chemistry professor Anastasios Christomanos.|
|1992||operated by Thermal Spa Vouliagmeni - Tourist Enterprises SA.|
The Limni Vouliagmeni (Lake Vouliagmeni) is the entrance to a waterfilled cave system. Located at the coastline the cave has connections into the sea, so the water of this spring is brackish. It was never used for drinking, but with a certain geothermal influence, the warm brackish water was always a popular bathing spot. Today the spring is well developed, with free parking lot, restaurant, electric light at night, public beach, and a so-called private beach. There are numerous events which take place at the lake during the year, like concerts, theater, disco, and so on.
The lake is actually a part of a collapsed cave system. A huge doline, about 230m long and 120m wide, with steep walls on three sides, is filled for about one third by a lake. There is no outflow of the spring, as it is connected to the nearby sea and has almost sea level. The surface of the lake is actually 40cm higher than sea level, but with the reduced specific weight of the brakish water this means simply equilibrium. But water removed from the lake is immediately replenished from the cave system.
The water is extremely pure, obviously a reason why it is such a popular bathing spot. To keep it clean the use of soap and sun protection is not allowed in the water. This also protects the sea anemone Paranemonia vouliagmeniensis, and various species of sponges and molluscs, which live in the lake. The lake is part of Greece's NATURA 2000 network, is classified as a RAMSAR protected wetland, and a Place of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a label given by the Culture Ministry.