Athens East Suburbs

Loutsa

girl tries to lift up a windsurfing sail in the gulf of Loutsa east to Athens

Artemida or Loutsa as it is usually commonly called is the beautiful east seaside suburb of Attica’s prefecture. It is located around 25 kilometres away from the center of Athens. Its geographical position is also very close to the municipality of Spata and to the airport of Eleftherios Venizelos.

The municipality of Artemida borders Rafina to the north and Porto Rafti to the south. It also borders to Pikermi and Spata. The place is  accessible through car via Attiki Odos (Rafina exit), Spaton - Artemidos road and Artemidos avenue.

The main feature of Municipality of Artemida is the huge coastline and the existence of many beaches along the length of it. It is a traditional destination for excursions and entertainment for Athenians and tourists. The place consists of very good  touristic infrastractures. There are a lot of options for restaurants, fish taverns, Luna parks, cafes, bars and nightclubs. Loutsa area becomes more alive especially during the summer period. A lot of people visit the beautiful beaches to enjoy swimming , to relaxe or even to try their capabilities in water sports.

Artemida is not only a beautiful seaside place but also a historic one. During the ancient years it was an important religion center. In Loutsa was goddess Artemis (also called Artemida or Amarisia) worshipped by the faithful Athenian citizens. The deity of Amarisia originates by the worshipped goddess from Amarinthos which is located in Euboea. According to the myth the heroine Ifigeneia should have been sacrificed to goddess Athina. This Sacrifice would repel the ancient enemies of Athenians the Trojans from the sea.

The sacrifice of Ifigeneia wasn't finally realised. After this fact the two brothers Orestis and Ifigeneia decided to construct the temple of Artemida. The temple of Artemida is one of the most important findings of ancient Greece and it has a great historic importance. The holy place of goddess Artemida is located southern from Loutsa in the area of Vraurona. A few meters besides this holy place is accommodated the archaeological museum of Artemida.

Agios Nikolaos in Loutsa is the place where the wind gusts insert to the gulf of Artemida. The ideal north and south winds that blow in the area have rendered Artemida a perfect surfing center. In a daily basis a lot of windsurfers and kitesurfers visit nissakia and the gulf of Loutsa in order to enjoy their favourite watersport. The two little islands (nissakia) are easily visible from all the points of the gulf. In front of nissakia are recorded some of the most impressive windsurfing and kitesurfing demonstrations. Additionally the place is ideal for various of watersports such as sup, water bicycle and for sailing boats. The athletic spirit is vivid.

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