Spa and Thermal Resorts

Because of Turkey’s location on top of a major geothermal belt, it is among in the top seven countries in the world for quality and quantity of thermal springs with over 1000, with temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 110ºC. Most are in the Marmara and Aegean regions and because of their proximity to popular travel destinations such as Istanbul, Izmir, Pamukkale and Marmaris, public transport is easy. Many of Turkey’s historical places developed because of their springs, like the ancient city of Hieropolis which was built upon the rich mineral springs of Pamukkale, and the ancient Lydian city of Kaunos, whose people took baths in the rich mineral mud of Lake Koycegiz.

A visit to Turkey would not be complete without a stop at one of the country’s better known spas, whether to treat a health -problem or simply to luxuriate in the soothing waters of natural mineral baths.

A stop at one of the spas described here can easily be added to a tour of Turkey’s most famous destinations.

The health-giving properties of Turkey’s natural hot springs have been renowned since antiquity.

Highly recommended for their thermal spring facilities are the following spas listed by province:

Adana: Haruniye

Afyon: Omer Gecek (Sandikli)
Ankara: Kizilcahamam, Ayas, Haymana
Balikesir: Gonen
Bingol: Kos
Bolu: Buyuk Kaplica
Bursa: Cekirge, Oylat
Canakkale: Kestanbol
Cankiri: Cavundur
Denizli: Pamukkale, Karahayit
Diyarbakir: Cermik
Erzurum: Pasinler
Izmir: Balcova, Cesme, Sifne
Konya: Ilgin
Kutahya: Yoncali, Harlek
Manisa: Salihli
Mugla: Sultaniye
Rize: Ayder
Sakarya: KuzuIuk
Samsun: Ladik, Havza
Siirt: Billoris
Sivas: Kangal
Van: Hasanabdal
Yalova: Yalova Termal, Armutlu

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