37:26.57N 24:25.58E Loutra, Kythnos.
Sunday 22nd June, 2014.
Another great sail of 28.52 miles into the small harbour of Loutra on Kythnos. We were lucky as we arrived early afternoon and most the power boats had left to return to Athens about an hour away for them. The harbour was only half full and we were lucky to secure a very nice place on the wall. The island is famous for its clay which traditionally is used for pottery and ceramics but it also makes the ref roofing tiles for all the island’s villages.
A Mesolithic settlement to the north dates from 7500-6000 BC which is the oldest in the Cyclades.
Loutra is also known as Themia because of the island’s hot springs satuated with iron which can be enjoyed by all on the beach where the temperature is 35 degrees. In the spa the temperature is reported to be 45 degrees. Much too hot for us! The spa water has been used as a cure for problems from gout, rheumatism and eczema to gynaecological problems.
Jim believes this is the jewel in the crown of the Cyclades as it is quiet, pretty, restaurants on the beach, hot springs and its own castle looking house and lots of bays to swim just by walking a short distance.