By Phivos Nicolaides
The famous Slovak town of Piestany is located in the western part of Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, on the foothills of the Povazsky Inovec mountains. It is situated in the picturesque valley of the Vah river, the longest one in the country. Piestany is the biggest and best known spa town in Slovakia and has around 30,000 inhabitants.
A popular belief of the origins of the word ‘spa’ dates back to the Roman era, when soldiers would take relaxation and treatment of sore wounds through water. Hot natural spring water at that time was considered to be the best cure for wounds and tired muscles. Thus the term «SPA» originates form the Latin «Salus Per Aqua» which means «health through water».
Social bathing was religiously adhered to as a culture in the ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Minoan, Greek, and Roman civilizations. Among the first to use a variety of baths, the Greeks pioneered the concept of laconica (hot water tubs and hot air baths). The Romans adopted and modified it progressively into balneum and then thermae (Greek for heat).
A spa, as known to us today, is a centre for treatments through various alternate medications, and has grown to include relaxation, unwinding and getting pampered. The worldwide name Spa derives from the Belgian town «Spa», where a natural hot spring was open to the public.
A welcoming address by the Manager of the resort and the Public Relations officer.
Our tour guide Ms. Jana Bebeckova was experienced, highly informative and very helful, making our visit joyful and successful. Thank you Jana.
Περπατώντας ανάμεσα στους χώρους με τα καταπράσινα πάρκα και τους φροντισμένους κήπους με τα αγάλματα θαυμάζουμε αρχιτεκτονικούς θησαυρούς, όπως το Παλάτι Θέρμια ή το Irma Health Spa η οποία για σχεδόν εκατό χρόνια έχουν προσελκύσει επισκέπτες από όλο τον κόσμο. Τα στατιστικά στοιχεί που υπάρχουν, δείχνουν ότι μόνο πέρσι, 425 από την Κύπρο, έκαναν διακοπές στα Spa Piestany. Από την Ελλάδα πολύ λιγότεροι.