New in Turkey: relaxation at the thermal baths

New in Turkey: relaxation at the thermal baths

Culture, Travel Report, Health & Beauty in Turkey

At the end of November I went to Turkey for the Thermal Spa and Health Tourism Conference. The business event was accompanied by an interesting itinerary of a week-long travel with stops at thermal resorts, medical hotels and even hospitals: Ankara/Haymana - Denizli/Pamukkale - Dalaman and Istanbul on the way back, like a cherry on a vegan muffin. Our group, which included only a few journalists, including myself, and many, many travel agents, was hospitably received by the Turkish Thermal and Medical Tourism Association (TESTUD), created this year, led by its president, Mr. Yavuz Yilik. Time will tell if it will be possible and how quickly to change the stereotype that one can go to Turkey not only for the sake of beaches and excursions, but also to be treated here, as, for example, in the Czech Republic, Israel, Switzerland, Hungary, as in familiar Russian resorts ... In the meantime, I'm telling you where I've been and what I've seen.

Turkey ranks seventh in the world in terms of the wealth and potential of its geothermal resources

There are several thermal resorts near the Turkish capital: Kyzyljakhamam, Ayash, Beipazar and Hayman - a city and region 73 km from Ankara, where we stayed for two days. Sources of Hayman treat poliomyelitis, rheumatism, orthopedic, skin and neurological diseases. The temperature of the healing water here reaches 46C, it contains magnesium, sodium, calcium, various salts.

We are accommodated in the Grannos Thermal Hotel & Convention Center: in a giant two-winged building surrounded by colorful hills, overlooking a cozy town, a newly planted pine grove and a lake. The hotel has a spa with medical staff, several indoor and outdoor pools with thermal water of different temperatures, a small water park, bike paths are laid along the territory. It was in Grannos that the conference was held for which we came. Mustafa Kemal Basharyly, head of the Ankara branch of the Ministry of Health of Turkey, even before his speech, walked around all the participants, met each of them and talked a little about this about this - our upcoming trip, Turkish resorts, about his recent trip to Moscow. The hotel organized everything so well that the atmosphere at the pretentious, as I feared, event turned out to be both business and cozy and pleasant at the same time. It was comfortable to work in the sessions and communicate during breaks, the speakers spoke succinctly, coffee breaks kept up on time.

My conclusion: Grannos is suitable for travel in the progressive style of “Bleisure travel”, from the English words “business” (business) and “leisure” (leisure), when you seem to go on a business trip, but after working like it follows that you leave time for rest on the trip. In the case of Haymana, also for health improvement.

Before the next destination, the Denizli resort region, we stopped in Ankara to see the new colossal T. Saglik Bakanligi. The new clinic is, in fact, a city within a city - with huge buildings, state-of-the-art technology, hospital wards that look like hotel rooms. The state and private investors have invested in its construction, T. Saglik Bakanligi is already being called the largest hospital in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

People from Russia most often come to Turkey to treat heart and nervous diseases, stomach, skin, teeth and for cosmetic surgeries

The Denizli region in southwestern Turkey has historically been at the forefront of local balneology. Since Roman times, the area has been a center for thermal therapy, scientific medicine and medical education. Today, there are thermal resorts Chardak Beilerli, Karahayit, Akkoy-Gelemezli, Saraykoy, Babajik, Insuyu, Kyzyldere, Buldan Yenidjekent, Yenikent and the famous Pamukkale, in the past - the sacred city of Hierapolis, the health resort of the Roman patricians. People come here all year round to treat the heart, blood vessels, stomach, stress, skin and ophthalmological diseases.

Pamukkale travertines are cascades of snow-white pools with turquoise water that Instagrammers love so much. The water contains calcium carbonate, its temperature is 35.6C. Everyone wants to soak their feet in this UNESCO heritage site and then dive into Cleopatra's Pool, a thermal pool that revitalizes and is said to rejuvenate.

In Denizli, we settled 5 km from the travertines of Pamukkale, in the Pam Termal balneological hotel at the Nobel Medical Center. Currently, Nobel is the only clinic in Turkey that combines thermal therapy, physiotherapy methods of rehabilitation and mechanotherapy with robot simulators. During one day, which we spent at the hotel, I went through several relaxation courses. I bathed in the “red” Pam Termal travertines, the water of which contains sodium, bicarbonate, sulfate, calcium, magnesium and iron. Thermal water comes out to the surface of the ground on the territory of the hotel, is supplied to the pools when it cools down to 38-40C, and to the drinking fountain in the garden. The taste of the water is rich, but not disgusting, I drank a glass for the sake of my beloved stomach.

Partially restored theater of ancient Hierapolis (current name - Pamukkale)

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