Mineral springs were known for their healing benefits since ancient times. Under the Romans, Emperor Neuron systematically took baths to improve his health. The ancient Greeks had the idea of connecting the Aegean and the Ionian seas through a canal. The Roman philhellene Emperor Nero was one of the first to attempt this conjunction – albeit with limited results. The project finally materialized at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. 6.5 km from the Corinthian canal there is the seaside town of Loutraki. Renowned for its mineral water springs since antiquity, Loutraki became a cosmopolitan Spa resort in the 1920s – and has never left fashion ever since. And though retaining its delightful retro feel, it also lives and breathes for the here and now. Enjoy a detoxing experience in its thoroughly modern Spa facilities; test your luck in its glamorous casino- one of the largest in Europe; try local food and drinks in its plethora of restaurants, tavernas, cafes, and bars; or just take a stroll in its waterfront promenade.