When it comes to health tourism, Turkey is famous due to its more than 1,000 thermal springs, kaplıca in Turkish. Many believe these thermal springs have healing properties, which is why the elderly are particularly attracted to them, although they can provide a fun holiday for any age group. With one of the world's best climates, wonderful nature and one of the healthiest diets, Turkey is the ideal destination for psychological and physical rejuvenation. If you're looking for the best spots for a holiday in a thermal spring resort, this article has fantastic destination suggestions for all ages and budgets.
Yalova Thermal Spring
With one of the best climates in the world, unique nature and one of the healthiest diets, Turkey is the ideal destination for psychological and physical rejuvenation. Yalova Thermal Spring is one of the best spots for a thermal spring holiday.
Where to stay: Thermalium Wellness Park Hotel & Spa is located in the Uvezpinar district in Termal/Yalova with one main hotel building and three separate villas. The main hotel building consists of 80 luxurious rooms, and there are four private thermal pools, two outdoors pools - one with cold water and two with hot spring water.
Çekirge Thermal Spring in Bursa
With thousands of tourists visiting yearly, the city of Bursa in the northwest is like a thermal haven for Arab tourists. Located in the Çekirge district of Bursa, the hot springs and thermal baths are rich in terms of various natural cures, such as sulfur and iron, and are rich in magnesium. These springs are also known as "silver waters" due to their crystal clear view.
Tiara Thermal Hotel in the heart of Bursa is comfortable and spacious with stylish, modern rooms. Experience the pristine, traditional Turkish bath and spa in this luxury hotel, not to mention the thermal facilities that provide ultimate relaxation.
Oylat Thermal Spring in Bursa
Located nearly 30 kilometers south of Bursa's city center, Oylat Thermal Spring in İnegöl district is not as popular as Çekirge Thermal Springs since it is not as easy to reach. The water in the springs is very warm, and the steam bath is heated to 40 C. Sulphur, bicarbonate, calcium, hydrogen ions and iron are found in the thermal spring, one of the most curative thermal springs in the region. The water is also drinkable and has many sedative effects.
Compared to other thermal hotels in Bursa, Oylat thermal hotels are low in quality. But Oylat Aşiyan Thermal Hotel is one of the best with a spa center, thermal water in the rooms and thermal baths suitable for families.
Pamukkale Thermal Spring in Denizli
Known as Hierapolis in Greek, Pamukkale - cotton castle in Turkish - is a gift of nature for those who visit. Pamukkale was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1988 based on its natural and cultural wonders. Famous for hot springs and travertines - terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing waters - Pamukkale is located in western Turkey and calls on those looking for a relaxing experience. With remains from different civilizations, natural wonders and pure white travertines formed from hot calcium-filled mineral waters, Pamukkale has three different thermal regions - Sarayköy, Karahayıt and Gölemezli - that contain hot springs and mud baths.
Where to stay: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel is a perfect choice for those who want to experience thermal springs and luxury at the same time.
Kestanbol Thermal Springs in Çanakkale
Kestanbol Thermal Springs in Çanakkale's Ezine district - nearly 15 kilometers from the city center - has water containing chloride, sodium, iron, carbon dioxide and calcium. The Kestanbol Thermal Spring, despite not being known by local and international tourists, has many beneficial bath cures. The waters of the springs in Kestanbol are between 21 C and 67 C. Steam baths and mud baths are available.
Kestanbol Kaplıcaları is like a boutique hotel in Çanakkale. Even though it is not as luxurious as other well-known thermal springs, the hotel has thermal baths for family use.
Çeşme Thermal Spring in Izmir
One of the most tourist-friendly cities in the country, Çeşme is renowned for its thermal springs mostly in the Ilıca and Sifne districts. The town is easily reachable and offers thermal springs, vivid blue Aegean waters and a mild climate. You can visit its thermal resorts during the summer and winter due to the climate; after swimming in the picturesque Aegean Sea, go to your hotel's thermal pool for a relaxing dip. According to research conducted by the Çeşme Hotels Union, thermal springs in Çeşme have healing effects for rheumatism, joint diseases, tissue rheumatism, psoriasis, acne, eczema, varicose veins, genital infections and high or low blood pressure. Pausanias, a Greek geographer from the second century A.D., wrote about the thermal spring waters, and since then hundreds of articles have been written praising the thermal waters.
The newly established Boyalık Beach & Thermal Spa is a perfect destination to experience a summer holiday and thermal spring holiday at the same time. If you visit in other seasons, you can enjoy the tranquility and mild weather of İzmir while experiencing its thermal springs.
Balıklı Thermal Spring in Sivas
The Thermal Spring of Balıklı, located in the eastern province of Sivas, is different from other thermal springs due to its small fishes from 2-10 centimeters in length) that are known to cure psoriasis. The water of Balıklı Thermal Spring contains bicarbonate, calcium and magnesium. Rheumatism, various skin diseases, arterial sclerosis and gynecologic complaints are believed to be cured by these thermal waters.
The thermal spring in Sivas is generally visited on a daily basis, but for those who would like to spend a night accommodations are available in Kangal Balıklı Thermal Spring.
Ilgın Thermal Spring in Konya
Ilgın Thermal Spring in the southern province of Konya is mostly preferred as a cure for many illnesses, such as rheumatic, dermatologic, gynecologic, urinary, circulatory, digestive, glandular and mainly for heart diseases. Many people who visit Ilgın Thermal Spring later confirm that the water cured their illnesses. Located 88 kilometers from the Konya city center, Ilgın Thermal Spring contains hydro carbonate, calcium, sodium and carbon dioxide.
Accommodations in Ilgın Thermal Spring are not luxurious, but its waters are curing and beneficial, so many people spend more than one day in the thermal spring. Grand İpek Thermal Resort is a good option.
Gazlıgöl Thermal Spring in Afyon
Nearly 22 kilometers from Afyon city center, Gazlıgöl's thermal spring cures rheumatism, cardio-vascular problems, digestive and intestinal complaints, kidney diseases, urinary tract and metabolism disorders and skin and orthopedic problems. The thermal spring is rich in terms of carbon dioxide, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, bromide and fluoride.
The most renowned thermal hotel is Oruçoğlu Thermal Resort, which uses thermal waters from Gazlıgöl Thermal Spring to cures many illnesses. With a capacity of over 500 beds and high-quality service, Oruçoğlu Thermal Resort is preferred by many tourists looking for a cure.