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issue 1 / Summer 2014
At the Faskomilia (Sage) Cliff
Vouliagmeni Lake Restaurant:
Light & Healthy Menu
enefits of thermal springs
Water exercise: The smart way to get fit!
/ What are they and how do they benefit us?
The living world of the lake
Lake Vouliagmeni History
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Here comes the sun!
Posidonia Cup 2014
Memorable children parties!
One day at the lake
Corporate Cocktail Party
Yoga: Philosophy and versions
The Fairy at LakeVouliagmeni
Explore the southern side of the city!
3 Run the Lake
3 years Run the Lake
The perfect lower body warm-up exercises
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We welcome you with the first issue of Vouliagmeni Lake Magazine.Lake Vouliagmeni, a historical place of exceptional natural beauty, is a benchmark for serving many different activities for many years now.Being completely committed to the three principal elements, constituting the nature of the Lake, Nature Wellness Leisure, our goal is to transform Lake Vouliagmeni into an enjoyable experience for the visitor through a whole range of activities and services, provided by qualified professionals.Our respect for the natural environment with upgraded amenities will make you forget everything you knew or have heard so far about the Lake and discover its new profile! A new profile that could not be better illustrated than through the pages of the magazine that you are holding!Our first issue invites you on a magical tour into the past and the present so that you learn everything that you need to know about the Lake and become aware of all the options provided to you in order to enjoy your visit here. Spend a day at the lake and see whats new. A visit will convince you in that! And be sure that you are very welcome every time you are back in here!
Enjoy Voulagmenis Lake new profile, just unique!
Nikolas PapazisisGeneral manager of Vouliagmeni Lake
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Lake Vouliagmeni - HistoryTake advantage of the small distance (just 25 km from the centre of Athens) and visit the priceless monu-ment of nature, lying at the foot of Mount Hymettus: Lake Vouliagmeni is the ideal environment to enjoy a short getaway!
You will be at least fascinated by the cliffs and the natural pine forest that surround the lake. But apart from this magnificent envi-ronment the lake has a rich history to tell...
Where the legend begins...In ancient times the lake was widely known as Eschatiotis as many believed that the lake was the last point of land (eschatos means last, extreme in ancient Greek). It was also known as Gorgopis, named after Gorge, the daughter of Megareus and wife of Corin-thus, who is said to have fallen in the lake and drowned once she was informed about the death of her children. Some also call it Lake Heraion from the ancient temple, which is dedicated to god-dess Hera, at only a kilometer at the west of the Lake.Another version states that the ancient name of the lake Zoster i.e. zone or belt in ancient Greek, is closely linked to geology because of the morphology of the closed gulf. Furthermore, it is said that in this area there was the sanctuary of Apollo Zoster (6th century BC). The lake according to this version was formed later, during the Christian era, when the roof of a huge underground cave collapsed due to an earthquake. Some legends even associate the lake to the sacred island of Delos and the Gods of Olympus. Also local legends claimed that the fairy of the lake trapped young men at the bottom.
ChronologyIn the area near the narrow channel of the lake several ev-idence of human settlement has been found. That is a sign that the area has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC (Ear-ly Helladic Period). Nevertheless, the lake is not mentioned by any ancient author or historian, nor by Pausanias, who de-scribed the entire Vouliagmeni peninsula. Stalactites show that the Lake didnt have always its current form. Its current spectacular shape is probably quite recent and it came from various geological changes that cannot yet be determined chronologically. More specifically, it is assumed that a huge vol-ume of hot water has been running inside the cave that caused the erosion of the walls and forced the roof to collapse. As a result, a large part of the relief submerged, giving the lake its present name Vouliagmeni from the Greek word vouliazo that means to submerge. Note that during the Ottoman era, the lake had many names such as Vouliasmenos (another version of Vouliagmeni) or Karachi, i.e. black water in Turkish, while during World War II German researchers claimed that Lake Vouliagmeni is the most healthy thermal water spa in the Balkans.
The labyrinthine caveAt the bottom of the lake there is the entrance of an underwater cave. The cave extends for at least 3,123 meters in a limestone area. In this region there is also the largest underground tunnel in the world, 800m long, 60 to 150m wide and up to 80m deep. The total length of these underground tunnels reaches 4.3 km. Finally, it is worth noting that nowadays cave diving is allowed only for scien-tific purposes.
Friends of Lake VouliagmeniFriends of Lake Vouliagmeni, by being extremely proactive in the preservation of the natural landscape of the lake for over 20 years, are the guardian knights of this natural monument. In particular, the club, which has lately become an organisation including many active members, started its operations in the mid 90s in order to protect the natural environment of the lake as well as promote the health and longevity that swimming can offer. Since then, it has a large record of preserving the lake against any constructionor other kind of human intervention.
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Greece already has 20 spas officially recognized by the Special Committee for the Protection of Natural Thermal Resources. Among these stands Lake Vouli-agmeni, whose precious natural gifts are appreciated by more and more visitors every year.
The healing properties of hot springs have been widely known since antiquity. Definitively, Herodotus was the first who identified their beneficial effects for humans which consequently Hippocrates de-veloped through his scientific approach. The latter