Natural Thermal Spa’s and Springs Galore in Turkey

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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 tourism.
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, 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 complaints.
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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