Turkey calls all visitors who want to experience magical mud baths and thermal springs to make themselves younger and healthier
Known for having healing properties, mud baths and thermal springs around Turkey await tourists who enjoy the magic of what many people have relished since time immemorial.
Weall know that except for children, none of us wants to get covered in mud and wait for hours with that mud on our bodies, but what if the mud makes us healthier and more beautiful? Then, it is definitely worth a shot!
Renowned for their healing benefits for centuries, mud baths are accepted as a helping hand in staying young and being healthy. So, what are the actual benefits that have made people come and cover their bodies with mud for years? Those who believe in the power of mud say that the tightening effect of the drying mud is what makes the mud magical. It is a well-known fact that regular mud therapy can help with wrinkles, while healing waters can cure illnesses. Mud baths are believed to cure rheumatism and joint diseases, make skin more beautiful, relieve tiredness and strengthen the immune system through sulfur pools in which you clean yourself after the mud bath.
A legend says that the great beauty Cleopatra visited Turkey's Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea in Turkish) to gild the lily by relaxing in the water and taking a mud bath in addition to her other beauty secrets that women still wonder about. Even praised by Cleopatra, Turkey hosts people who are looking for a cure and beauty in its mud baths. Posing for a camera with all the mud covering your body, which is becoming a mud bath tradition, is a must while enjoying your mud bath.
As an advantage of a region with rich lands, Turkey has many thermal springs and mud baths and if you want to experience the healing effects of mud, Turkey says that you are more than welcome.
Dalyan Mud Baths in the western city of Muğla Nested between the well-known tourist destinations of Marmaris and Fethiye, Dalyan is renowned for its mud baths, which hosted Cleopatra on her legendary beauty trips.With its hot sulfur springs and famous mud baths, Dalyan is marked as a unique spot that attracts tourists' attention. Because it is located on the far side of Lake Köyceğiz on the outskirts of Dalyan, the baths are usually reached either by private boat, which costs around TL 150, or by a guided tour. The surrounding region includes other attractions that make the place worth spending a day: Ancient Lycian rock tombs, the ruins of the city of Kaunos, Lake Köyceğiz and a protected beach where the endangered loggerhead sea turtle lives. Being a popular health spot, Dalyan's mud baths have been visited by celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Sting, Jack Nicholson, David Bowie, Robert Maxwell and Prince Felipe De Carlos of Spain in recent times. The Köyceğiz and Dalyan area has been protected since 1988 as part of the Köyceğiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area (SPA) by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Susurluk Mud Bath in the northwestern city of Balıkesir
Locatedin northwestern Turkey, Balıkesir's Susurluk district is known for its thermal spring and mud bath. Even though this small district has been in the shadow of other tourist thermal spots, Susurluk has one of the four best thermal springs in Turkey. While other mud baths are regarded as a key to making your skin more beautiful, the elderly generally prefer Susurluk's mud bath because it provides a cure for joint illnesses. However, except for the mud bath and the thermal spring, Susurluk has few things to enjoy during your holiday, so if what you want from a mud bath is resting in silence instead of crowded mud baths, Susurluk is a perfect spot for you.
Pamukkale Mud Baths in the western city of Denizli
Beingfamous for its hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing waters, Pamukkale (cotton castle in Turkish) is located in western Turkey and calls on those who are looking for a relaxing experience. With its remnants of the Roman and Byzantine periods, natural wonders and pure white travertines formed by hot calciumfilled mineral waters, Pamukkale has three different thermal regions - Sarayköy, Karahayıt and Gölemezli - that are accepted as health-giving places with springs and mud baths. In Pamukkale, you can spend a day or just a few hours to have a completely organic cure for your skin diseases and find an opportunity to visit the amazing travertines that enable you to see the kind of beauty that nature is able to create.
Sandıklı Mud Baths in the western city of Afyon
If you ask a Turkish person where the most famous thermal spot in the country is located, he or she will probably tell you Afyon. As Turkey's healthgiving city renowned for its high quality thermal resorts and hotels, Afyon is a perfect destination for those who are looking for breathing space with its spring waters and mud baths. In addition to the organic materials in it, Sandıklı's mud has high radioactivity, that's why its mud baths heal mild aches and pains, improve blood circulation, help remove toxins and static electricity from the body, help in losing weight and relax muscles.