Day 19: Vouliagmeni Lake
Today, I swam in the lake at Vouliagmeni. It is a huge lake set against a cliff face. It is freshwater although only about 20 metres from the coastline and 50cm above sea level.
The water is warm, 27 degrees celcius in fact. Where cold water from a tap might be 20, this is pretty warm. It is naturally heated by springs which makes it the perfect habitat for Garra fish. Otherwise known as doctor fish and commonly available in little tanks for spa treatments, they nibble the dead skin off your feet. Many websites boast about the extraordinary healing powers of such fish although they are currently banned in several US states for sanitary reasons. Regardless, it is a strange yet pleasant experience. The water is also incredibly clear (although full of algae) meaning that it is possible to watch the fish as they jostle for position around your legs.