Today we traveled forty-five minutes from our apartment in Aghia Paraskevi to visit a lake that came highly recommended by our Resident Assistant, Lake Vouliagmeni. Upon our arrival, we realized that between the gorgeous cliffs, turquoise-translucent waters, and little white umbrellas, we had landed in paradise.
We decided to get in the clear water when all of a sudden, I felt a nip at my heel and realized there were tiny little fish swimming all around us. These are the same fish that you will find at spas that use them for pedicures.
The myth of this lake is that Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, used to bathe here and this is why the water is so magical.
The lake is a natural mineral spa that has healing powers similar to a fountain of youth. Okay, so not exactly that magical, but it does relieve arthritis, headaches, eczema, and other dermatological conditions. My skin does feel a lot softer and I left feeling rejuvenated.
Whether the lake actually has magical healing powers is of little importance; the experience is priceless. The spa is enjoyable and not overcrowded like the nearby beach. People of all walks of life and ages can enjoy the delicious food, tables and umbrellas, and mineral spa.
There is a small fee to get into the lake area, but it is modest and the lake is a must-see. Not only is it a great place to swim and relax, but also to eat and just enjoy being alive. I saw that they were setting up for a wedding; with the backdrop being the high rocky cliffs and the gorgeous sea foam green waters of Lake Vouliagmeni, I can’t imagine anything better.