Natural Thermal Spa’s and Springs Galore in Turkey -A holiday to relax, rejuvenate and refresh

Turkey is one of the few countries in the world with thermal
source richness. The country has over a thousand natural thermal springs and
are gaining popularity world over. The temperature of these hot springs varies
between 20-110 degrees Celsius (68-230 Fahrenheit), and the flow is between
2-500 liters per second.

Turkey is using only a small percentage of the
country’s potential in terms of mineral springs,but today the Ministry of
Tourism and private investors are contributing more to Turkey’s map of spa

The ancient Romans discovered the therapeutic powers of
Turkey’s many thermal springs. Spa holidays with their pampering and its health
and beauty treatments may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but the health
giving properties of Turkey’s natural springs have been renowned since ancient
times. The Romans were well aware of the therapeutic powers of thermal springs
and mineral waters, building the ancient city of Hierapolis close to the waters
of Pamukkale.
Speaking about these natural wonders, Mr. Ozgur Ayturk,
Culture and Tourism Counselor of the Turkish Embassy in India said that, “With
some of the best climates year round and with unique natural surroundings, and
some of the best natural thermal springs, Turkey is an ideal destination for
relaxation, rejuvenation, excellent physical health and the search for
well-being. State-of-the art and picturesque hotels and resorts are also
available near these natural springs for complete comfort and holistic stays
along with quality-trained and licensed professionals.”
 Some popular Thermal
Spa Destinations:
 Ankara – Kizilcahamam
It is located 86 km from Ankara, at 975 meters above sea
level. The water (37-47 C) contains sodium, calcium magnesium, bicarbonate and
chlorine. It’s good for drinking and bathing benefiting the treatment of
rheumatism, neuralgia, gynecologic and digestive disorders.
 Afyon – Orucoglu
Orucoglu Thermal Center, next to a modern 428-bed complex,
is 14 km from Afyon. The temperature of the spring water is 49 C and is rich in
carbon dioxide, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, bromide and fluoride. The
water has beneficial effects on arthritis, sciatica, disc hernia, neuritis,
neuralgia, lumbago, osteoarthritis, and is also beneficial after orthopedic
surgery and various other surgical treatments, such as post-operative therapy.
Patients with skin ailments like psoriasis, eating problems, stomach, intestine
and gall bladder, kidney, urinary tract and gynecologic disorders, and muscle
and nerve fatigue also benefit from it. The composition is good for balancing
the iron ratio, and has rehabilitation value in the treatment of hemiplegia.
Balikesir – Gonen
Situated to the north of Balikesir, it has a treatment
center with 381 beds. Thermal waters (52 C) contain sulphur, chloride, sodium,
hydro carbonate and carbon dioxide. Suitable for both drinking and bathing
cures, the waters are beneficial for dermatologic, liver, rheumatic, urinary
and nervous complaints.
Bingol – Kos
The Kos hot springs are located 20 km from Bingol on the Karliova
road. The facilities include a hotel, several motels and guest houses, outdoor
and indoor pools, restaurants, tea gardens, and a parking lot. Both locals and
foreigners come here for healthy relaxation with peace in mind.
 Bolu – Karacasu
It is located 4 km south of Bolu on the Ankara – Istanbul
highway, with a 250 bed capacity center. The water (44 C) contains calcium,
magnesium, sulphur, bicarbonate, and benefit the cures of rheumatism,
neuralgia, sciatica and gynecologic, liver and kidney diseases.
 Bursa – Cekirge
Most of the thermal springs, in both modern and historical
settings, are in the Cekirge district of Bursa. The waters (47-78 C) contain
bicarbonate, sulphur, sodium, calcium and magnesium. It’s suitable for drinking
and bathing cures, and are beneficial for rheumatic, gynecologic and
dermatologic diseases, post-operational problems and for the metabolism. A wide
range of accommodations in tourist to deluxe-class hotels are available, as is
medical supervision.
 Canakkale – Kestanbol
It’s located 15 km into Ezine district south of Canakkale, 2
km from the Sea of Marmara. The waters of the various springs range between 21
C and 67 C, containing chloride, sodium, iron carbon- dioxide and calcium.
Beneficial bath cures, mud-bath cures, steam and geyser cures are available at
the thermal springs.
 Denizli – Pamukkale and Karahayit
It’s located 20 km north of Denizli with over 500 bed total
capacity hotels and motels. Thermal waters (42-56 C, radioactive) contain hydro
carbonate, sulphur, calcium, carbon dioxide and iron, and are suitable for
drinking and bathing helping heart and circulatory complaints as well as
digestive, gall bladder, rheumatic and kidney diseases. Pamukkale is also a
popular tourist destination in the Aegean region.
 Eskisehir – Hamamyolu
Most of the thermal springs are near Hamamyolu Street in the
center of Eskisehir. The waters (38-45 C) contain bicarbonate, sodium, and
calcium and are suitable for both drinking and bathing cures of rheumatism,
neuralgia, post-operational problems, digestive problems, kidney stones and
gynecologic complaints, and for the metabolism.
 Izmir – Cesme
They are located at the bay of Ilica and Sifne, 7 km east of
Cesme (75 km west of Izmir) which has accommodation in every category and class
with a total of 2,000 beds. The waters (42-55 C) contain chloride, sodium,
magnesium, fluoride, and are suitable for drinking and bathing cures,
benefiting dermatologic, gynecologic and urinary complaints as well as
metabolic disorders.
 Konya – Ilgin
It’s situated 88 km northwest of Konya with basic
accommodations available but with an excellent treatment center. The water (42
C, radioactive) contains hydro carbonate, calcium, sodium and carbon dioxide,
and are beneficial for rheumatic, dermatologic, gynecologic, urinary,
circulatory and heart diseases, and also for glandular and digestive
 Kutahya – Harlek (Ilicakoy)
It’s located 27 km from Kutahya. The water (25-43 C)
contains bicarbonate, sulphur, calcium and magnesium. The drinking and bath
waters are beneficial for sufferers of rheumatism, hepatitis, bladder, skin and
metabolic disorders.
 Mugla – Sultaniye
It’s located in Koycegiz district of Mugla, at Sultaniye
village. The water (32-42 C) contains chloride, sodium, hydrogen sulfide and
bromide. Both the drinking and the bath waters have a relaxing and beneficial
effect on sufferers of rheumatism, skin and blood disorders, heart ailments,
bronchitis, nervous complaints, kidney and urinary complaints, metabolic
disorders, and for elderly patients and convalescents.
 Sivas – Balikli (Yilanli) Cermik
This interesting and unique spa is situated 17 km northeast
of Kangal in the province of Sivas. The water (36 C) contains bicarbonate,
calcium and magnesium. The uniqueness of the baths comes from the fact that
there are many small fish (2-10 cm long) in the water that play an important
part in the cure of psoriasis. The waters are also beneficial for rheumatism,
skin diseases, arterial sclerosis and gynecologic complaints. There are motels,
restaurants and camping facilities as well as shop for provisions.
These thermal springs are situated 11 km southwest of Yalova
with a capacity of about 800 beds between hotels and guest houses. The waters
(57-60 C) contain sulphur, sodium and calcium, and are suitable for drinking
and bathing cures beneficial for rheumatic, gynecologic, urinary and nervous
complaints and controlling cholesterol and lipid levels.

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