Kamena Vourla

 

Kamena Vourla is a seaside town in the regional unit of Fthiotida. Kamena Vourla is located on the northwest coast of the North Evian Gulf, while just behind the city rise the steep slopes of Mount Knimis. The favorable position of Kamena Vourla near Athens, from which they are 175 km away, through the Athens-Thessaloniki highway and just 40 km from Lamia, as well as the combination of sea and forested mountain turned the area into a remarkable resort, mainly during the 1960s and 1970s. Today they continue to attract mainly visitors from nearby areas such as K.A.P.I. and others in particular for its therapeutic sources.

At a distance of only 8 km, following an uphill route, is the so-called Monastery of Agia or Karya, officially the Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, whose construction dates back to the 11th century. The view from this Monastery is amazing. Parish church is the church of Agios Panteleimon on the beach and in the middle of the settlement, which celebrates on July 27. Also at a distance of about 24 km (west) from Kamena Vourla is the historic mound - monument of Thermopylae with the imposing statue of the King of the Spartans Leonidas, while also at a short distance (south) is Karya, one of the most beautiful mountains settlements of Fthiotida.

 

Name

According to one version, the name of the town comes from the city of Vourla in the province of Izmir in Turkey (Asia Minor) which in 1992 and during the Asia Minor Catastrophe were set on fire, while their population was slaughtered, ie the "burned Vourla" became Kamena Vourla . According to the Dictionary of the Modern Greek Language, "the name of the town is due to the way in which the drainage and drainage of the swampy area that used to cover the area was done".

The thermal springs
The thermal springs of Kamena Vourla became known around 1926, in the interwar period when the chemist Michael Pertesis discovered that their radon content is unique and superior to corresponding European sources, thus determining their great benefit to humans. So in the 1930s, about ten years later, they began to be used and the first modern hotels were built in the city. After the war, Kamena Vourla gained a great reputation by attracting personalities from all over the world.

Administration
Kamena Vourla is the seat of the municipality of Molos-Agios Konstantinos and their population is 2,742 inhabitants. They are officially mentioned as a settlement after the liberation in 1897 in the Government Gazette 59B - 17/06/1897 to be annexed to the then municipality of Throni. In 1947, with the Government Gazette 137A - 08/07/1947, the seat of the then newly established homonymous community was designated.