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Kamena Vourla (Greek: Καμένα Βούρλα) is a town and a former municipality in Phthiotis, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Molos-Agios Konstantinos, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[1] Population 5,064 (2001). It is crossed by the main highway connecting Athens and Thessaloniki. It is the closest modern town to the site of the battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.). The town was formerly known as Palaiochori.

Kamena Vourla (*)

Kamena Vourla is located in the northwestern side of the North Euboean Gulf as well as the southwestern Malian Gulf and directly behind the city the slopes of mount Kallidromo where it joins with mount Knimida (Knimis, Κνημίς). Hotels were developed in the 1960s and the 1970s. Today it remains to be an important touristic attraction due to its therapeutic baths and springs nearby.

The famous springs became important around 1926 when the chemist Michail Pertesis collapsed as the comprehension of radon that was only and corresponding to a European springs that became designated as a great benefit for people. Nearly ten years later (1930s), the first hotels started to develop. After World War II, Kamena Vourla was transformed into a famous tourist attraction.

Agia Paraskevi Church, Kamena Vourla

Agia Paraskevi Church, Kamena Vourla

8 km away on the road heading uphill features the monastery known as Iera Moni Metamorfoseos tou Sotiros which was built in around the 11th century. Nearby the city features a historic tomb, a monument to Thermopylae with a seal of Leonidas, King of Sparta, located not far from Karya Thermopylon, one of the most beautiful highland settlements in Fthiotida.
External links

http://www.kamena-vourla.gr Kamena Vourla Hot Springs Information, Facilities, Directions, near destinations
http://www.kamena-vourla.com Accommodation in Kamena Vourla, Services, Photo Gallery

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