Turkey, which is popular with Russians - beach lovers, is increasingly developing health and medical tourism. Where to look for thermal resorts and health hotels in Turkey - in our material.
Thermal resorts and clinics in Turkey are at the very beginning of the development of the Russian market. But already now the figures of official statistics show that the promotion is yielding results. At the end of 2019, Turkish thermal resorts attracted about 100 thousand tourists from Russia. Last year, there were fewer Russians who wanted to take care of their health in Turkey - about 80 thousand people (i.e., the annual increase was 25%).
At a seminar in Moscow dedicated to this topic, experts from TESTUD (Association of Thermal and Medical Tourism of Turkey) told travel agents in detail about the possibilities of the country's thermal resorts.
“We have no reason to doubt that Russians will try our health resorts, as tourists from other countries actively do. Last year, about 750 thousand foreign tourists and 2 million 250 thousand residents of Turkey came to Turkey for health. These data exceeded the values of 2018. It is important that the development of thermal resorts in Turkey is stimulated at the state level, this is a priority vector of development. We hope that soon in the range of all Russian tour operators working with Turkey, there will be package offers with health recreation, ”said Yavuz Yilik, President of the Turkish Thermal and Medical Tourism Association (TESTUD), opening the event.
Mr. Yilik noted that so far Russian travel agents can send all requests of tourists for treatment in Turkey to TESTUD. In the Association, experienced specialists, based on the tests sent and the patient's documents, will select a clinic or a thermal resort.
Yavuz Yilik stressed that Turkey is currently in the top 7 countries in terms of the number and variety of thermal springs, there are more than 1.5 thousand of them in the country. There are also more than 30 thousand medical institutions in Turkey, able to provide qualified assistance to foreign patients.
An important factor influencing the popularity of thermal resorts in Turkey is the prices, which favorably distinguish the country against the background of its main competitors: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Another advantage of Turkey is the practical absence of a language barrier for Russians (Russian-speaking doctors and junior medical personnel work in clinics and health resorts), as well as a visa-free regime for 80 countries, including Russia.
Health resorts in Turkey are also an opportunity to combine treatment with a beach vacation and sightseeing. Many health resorts are located near the beach.
Yavuz Yilik said that last year the Turkish Ministry of Health certified thermal springs. Of the 15 thousand thermal springs, 260 have been certified so far, many of which are located in hotels of different categories or not far from them. Certified sources are distributed across 41 resorts in Turkey.
The most popular thermal resorts in Turkey today are located in Bursa, Izmir, Pamukkale, Dalaman. The resorts located near Istanbul and Ankara are also very popular.
The instructor meets the group in Antalya (Antalya) at the exit from Terminal 1. Meeting the group at 13. 0. Transfer by minibus to the camping near Fethiye (Fethiye tour) will take 3.5-4 hours.
In the camping, we will quickly set up a camp, change clothes, have a snack and go for a walk in the evening city of Fethiye, which in ancient times was called Telmess. The city was very famous and was the center of prophecy dedicated to Apollo. we see the ancient Lycian tombs carved into the rocks, a large amphitheater, and also climb to the dilapidated castle, from where a panorama of the entire city and the entire bay with islands opens up.
In the evening we will return to the camp, prepare dinner and get to know each other better at dinner. And tomorrow great things await us, because tomorrow we go out on the water!
Wake up, breakfast. We will go through the instructions, change clothes, pack all our things in hermetic bags, collect the kayaks (inflatable kayaks are assembled in 20 minutes) and we will be ready to go out to sea! Instructors will show you how to hold the paddle and paddle. It's very simple, everyone can handle it!
Today we will walk a little, about 6 km, cross a large bay to an abandoned island with a lighthouse. We will also get up there for the night. Let's go around the island, looking into all the secret caves and coves. On the way, we will master kayaks and practice rowing, instructors will help and support in everything.
It is important not to burn out in the sun on the first day! Therefore, today we go a little bit, we stand on the island in the shade of trees. The island offers a picturesque view of the sunset, you can dive from the rocks and arrange a photo hunt for the inhabitants of the underwater world with a mask, snorkel and waterproof photographic equipment;)
We will wake up in Turkey early, at dawn. Swim, exercise, eat breakfast and go out to make the best use of the daytime and not burn out in the sun.
We will cross the big bay and walk along the high rocky shores, stop at wild beaches, swim, dive. We will stop in one of the coves on a pebble beach. Let's set up camp, make a fire, cook dinner and enjoy our rest. You can take a walk, sunbathe, dive, or just lie in a tent. And when the sun goes down, we'll go swimming under the stars, chatting by the fire and drinking tea.
Trekking in Eastern Turkey in the Kachkar Mountains for 5 days at altitudes up to 3200 m takes the central place in this journey. Fresh nature, unbroken paths, historical ruins and a small number of other tourists will allow you to relax your soul and get a boost of vivacity , as well as good acclimatization for those who are planning a further ascent to Ararat. The Kachkar Mountains adjoin the Caucasus, here the nature is similar, but much quieter, and there is such an established service as the transportation of goods. Europeans often come here, but our compatriots are just beginning to explore the region. The cultural program shows the cities of Eastern Turkey with their dramatic history, connected in many respects with the confrontation between the Port and the Russian Empire, as well as the ruins of Ani - the ancient capital of Great Armenia, the excavations of Noah's Ark, the beautiful Lake Van. Additionally, you can go to Cappadocia, explore Istanbul far and wide, or climb the biblical peak of Ararat.
Tour itinerary: Istanbul - Erzurum - Kachkar Mountains - Kars - Bayazet Fortress - Noah's Ark - Van - Istanbul
Day 1. Evening flight to Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, from Moscow (St. Petersburg). Overnight at a hotel in Istanbul (additional charge).
Day 2. Early morning flight from Istanbul to Eastern Turkey to Erzurum. The flight will take 2 hours. Arrival in Erzurum at about 10 am. Hotel accommodation. Acquaintance with the city.
Earlier Erzurum belonged to Armenia and was called Karin. Since the early Middle Ages, the city is known throughout the East as the center of carpet weaving in Armenia. The fame of the carpets made in it was so great that the eastern word "khali" - carpet, originated from the Arabic name of the city, Kalikala.
During the Russian-Turkish War in 1829, Erzurum was visited by A. Pushkin. Later, inspired by this trip, he published a travel note entitled “Travel to Arzrum during the 1829 campaign”.
We will have a short city tour - we will see the most famous sights of Erzurum. Among them, for example, the Erzurum Museum of Turkish-Islamic Works and Ethnography (Yakutia Madresesi). Here are exhibited works that characterize the indigenous peoples and local population of the Erzurum province. Overnight in Erzurum.
Day 3. From Erzurum we will start our journey to the Kachkar Mountains, where unforgettable landscapes of the mountains of Northeastern Anatolia await us. Moving Erzurum - Barkhal will take a whole day, but the path will be picturesque and informative. We will begin our journey north through the places called the Georgian valleys, since these territories belonged to the Georgian Kingdom in the Middle Ages. Landscapes of rare mountainous nature, dilapidated churches, containing the styles of Armenia, Persia and the culture of the Seljuk, amaze with their beauty and history. These places are especially good at the beginning of summer, when cherries and apricots are in bloom.
Moving along the highway along the Tortum River, we will visit the ancient Armenian monastery complex Oshkvank, the huge lake Tortum Selalezi - 8 km long and a kilometer wide, cut by mountain cliffs on all sides, and another important Christian church - Ishkhan.
Once in the province of Erzurum there were four hundred Armenian churches and more than fifty monasteries. Currently Erzurum is one of the Islamic centers of the Turkish Republic, and nothing, except for these ruins, speaks of the people who once inhabited these lands.
Towards evening we will finally arrive at the village of Barkhal - the starting point of our trek. Overnight in a guest house with a shower in the village of Barkhal, which is nestled at the quaint peaked peaks.
Turkey offers tourists not only opportunities for recreation, but also for treatment. There are 1,600 thermal springs in the country, 190 of which are known for their healing properties. Their temperature varies from +20 to 110 °, and there are 5 mg of useful elements per 1 liter. For relatively budgetary prices, the sanatoriums offer thermal massage, therapeutic and mud baths.
Mineral water from thermal springs originates from cracks in the earth's crust, through which minerals beneficial to health enter. You can swim in mineral water (this is how minerals come directly through the skin, softening and moisturizing it), you can take it inside.
Treatment procedures are indicated for:
Healing mud is extracted from the bottom of the thermal pools. It is used directly or added to various medicinal mixtures.
Taking thermal baths and mud masks may be contraindicated for:
If there are contraindications, but there is still a desire to go to the sources, you should consult a doctor.
When ski tourism thrives in winter, thermal springs do not stop working, although the water temperature drops significantly, but not critically. Many people prefer to fly to Turkey during the winter and spring months, as prices for accommodation in comfortable hotels are decreasing.
According to Turkish journalists, the four best thermal hotels for winter recreation are:
Making our virtual voyage through the tourist pearls of the Aegean coast of Turkey, we simply cannot pass by such a wonderful place as the town of Datca, located on the peninsula of the same name to the west of Marmaris (it would seem, much further west - there is already Greece).
Not all tourists know about this resort place. And we would say that this is wonderful: such a paradise with amazing nature, clean air and beautiful landscapes should be kept from the influx of tourists. But since we know the secret, then quiet coves with golden beaches, pine groves and turquoise waters await us in this blessed land.
In travel guides, Datca is often recommended for family vacations. Indeed, the place is excellent in many respects, but it should be borne in mind that there are few “resort giants” All Inclusive on the peninsula, and they are located mainly at a distance from settlements. Nevertheless, Datca has been successfully sold on the tourist market for a long time, which guarantees the highest quality of services.
The bulk of accommodation options in Datca are inexpensive "apartments", cozy boutique hotels, villas, bungalows, as well as "four" and "five" B&B, which are preferred by European tourists. Among them there are very interesting options, for example, the unique boutique hotel Kargilos Hotel & Beach, located in a historic building from the late Byzantium, while with its own private beach.
The Datca Peninsula boasts over 50 coves with excellent sandy beaches, some of which have been awarded the Blue Flag. Some of them can only be reached via narrow mountain paths or by boat. However, the effort spent will definitely be rewarded with a wonderful vacation.
One of the most popular beaches in Datca is the gorgeous Karainzhir beach. Here, all kinds of water activities and developed infrastructure are at the service of vacationers: from showers and toilets to cafes and restaurants. The entrance is free, but you have to pay for the use of umbrellas, sun loungers and other amenities.
The holiday season in Datca starts in May and lasts until October. Lovers of very warm water are recommended to go here from the second half of July to the end of September. Small coves warm up earlier. For the active holiday season, precipitation is not typical. The rains begin in late autumn and pour throughout the winter. At this time, only local residents and rare villa owners remain at the resort.
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