Heraion Loutraki near Athens Greece: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Loutraki is a well known area/city near Athens, very close to Corinth. There are lots of things to do there, including a Thermal Spa. We have tested that too. However, for those who want to take the extra mile(s), there is a hidden treasure not far from the city of Loutraki.

So, even if you go there for vacations or for a day trip, you definitely need to visit the area of Heraion, its beaches, the lighthouse and the ancient ruins of Temple of Hera.

It took us just 1.5 hours from Athens to land at the very far end where the lighthouse resides. It was an Open Lighthouses day, so we said why not?Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Pretty nice lighthouse, right? It is called: Melagavi Lighthouse of Korinthia. It first operated in 1897. You need to know that if you are enlisted at Greek Navy then you are entitled to rent a lighthouse for vacations. Imagine staying at this one, gazing at the open seas.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Well, gazing while sitting at this recycled and handmade living room at the open terrace maybe?

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Perhaps, if you wanted to change your vistas you could turn your head at your left and see this.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

What to admire first, right? The beach and the color of the water? The vast sea? The ancient ruins? It is like having 30% of what is Greece in just 1 picture. Even a mega yacht stopped by.

If you fancy to learn more about the ancient temple that is so close to sea, you can simply walk down and explore it.

Here was the temple aqueduct.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Of course as in almost any ancient/sacred place of Greece, a church is build next or over the ancient location.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

And here are the rest of the ruins. There are very explanatory signs all over the place, describing what the temple was about.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient RuinsHeraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient RuinsHeraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

We decided not to take a swim right there but instead move 5 minutes further and chose between a variety of beaches. We found a small isolated one but very close to sweet water showers. That can be a very convenient thing, you know. By the way, what you see below is not open sea but part of… lake.

So, that lake is the famous Lake of Vouliagmeni of Loutraki. Beware, as there is another Lake of Vouliagmeni as you leave Athens towards Sounio.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

There are many shady areas outside the organized beach that you see below. Yet, if you want a bit of beat, the organized one is just fine too.

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

Heraion Loutraki near Athens: LightHouses, Beaches, Ancient Ruins

There is something for every taste. Even water sports.

That was an excellent way for a day trip. Loutraki has many things to offer. Try to “taste” the beaches outside of the main city of Loutraki.

Enjoy!

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  1. This looks truly exquisite. And I love the rule that if you were in the Greek navy you’re allowed to stay in a lighthouse – how totally perfect!

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