Medical Tourism and Thermal Springs in Turkey

Medical Tourism and Thermal Springs in Turkey
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Turkey has paid great attention to the medical tourism sector, particularly hot water springs, to promote and attract tourists the whole year.

Medical tourism in Turkey is not only a leader in the Middle East but also in the world, ranking third after the United States and South Korea.

There are about 1.100 springs, including 500 hot water ones with temperatures ranging from 20 to 100 Cº, prompting Turkey to consider creating cities for hot water springs services.

Italy is the first in Europe, with nearly 300 natural water facilities, Germany is the second with 260, while Turkey is the first in Europe regarding the number of hot water springs.

Moreover, medical tourism in Turkey is not limited to hot water springs; there is also hair transplant, tooth beautification and others.

The Turkish government has approved the formation of a coordinating council to take care of medical tourism since 2015, which aims to regulate the functioning of medical tourism and grant certified certificates to experienced hospitals in Turkey.

Thermal springs are springs whose hot water flows from the ground to form a group of therapeutic lakes. These springs are formed due to surface water leakage caused by rain and snow into the ground. Volcanic areas are the perfect place to form thermal springs as hot molten rocks are near the earth's surface.

Hot water springs in Turkey are a destination for tourism and treatment as they help relax muscles and expand blood vessels from veins and arteries, thanks to hydrogen sulphur.

What are the Benefits of Thermal Springs in Turkey?

  • Help in slippery cartilage treatment
  • Help in pine treatment
  • Help in alleviating pain caused by rheumatism
  • Help in relieving muscle pain and treat joint erosion
  • Help in relaxing and decreasing stress
  • Help in treating many skin diseases, the most important of which are psoriasis, acne and eczema
  • Help treat diabetes patients as hot water springs have manganese, which lowers sugar in people with diabetes.

What is Turkey's Most Famous Thermal Springs?

Bursa Hot Springs – Olyat Cave

Olyat Cave is the third-largest cave in Turkey, formed by an earthquake 300 million years ago, 665 meters deep in the mountain.

It has more than146 stairs so that visitors can wander around and enjoy its hot water springs, which have become one of the most important tourist attractions in Bursa. It ranks second worldwide after the Springs of Switzerland.

Thermal Springs in Bursa – Olyat Cave

Thermal springs and Olyat Cave on Google Maps


Yalova Thermal Baths – Yalova Thermal Spring

Yalova Hot Springs are rich in calcium and calcium fluoride, mainly in Termal Town. Yalova is of great historical value, with a number of the most prominent historical pools such as the Sultan's Bath, the Mother's Bath, Kursunlu Bath and the Village Bath.

Thermal Springs in Yalova – Termal Hot Water Springs

Termal hot water springs on Google Maps

Thermal Springs in Sandikli in Afyon

Located in Sandikli in Afyon, Sandikli springs are one of the oldest hot springs in Afyon. Hudai Kaplicalari spring is one of its most senior hot springs dating back to about 1.000 years.

Its water is said to restore the body's freshness and beauty due to its high amounts of sulphur, and it helps treat many skin diseases, rheumatism, kidney stones, gynaecological issues, and respiratory diseases.

Thermal Springs in Sandikli

Sandikli hot water springs on Google Maps


Thermal Springs in Acidere

Located in Adana, Acidere hot water spring, which has a temperature of no more than 15°C, can cure kidney diseases, stomach disorders, and bowel problems.

Alihocali spring is good for relieving stomach and bowel disorders due to its soda and salts.

Thermal Springs in Acidere

Pamukkale Thermal Pools Turkey - Karahayit

Located in Pamukkale in Denizli, Karahayit hot water springs feature red colour water due to high amounts of iron exiting from the folds of the transformed rocks.

Thermal Springs in Karahayit

There is another type of spring in Denizli with high calcium. Karahayit springs date back to the Roman period, descending from the mountains through a range of waterways to form magnificent and unique circular basins of white rock, one of Turkey's most famous tourist destinations.

sulfur water in Turkey

Thermal Springs in Diyadin

Located in Agri, Diyadin springs feature hot waters in the snowy weather of Agri. It helps treat neuropathy and is a health centre for spiritual and psychological treatment, and its water has high amounts of useful minerals.

The city has hot mineral water basins and a mud pond, flowing at 8 litres per second, and these mud baths host more than 1.000 people a day.

For fresh skin, visitors immerse themselves in mud baths to clean and smooth their skin, and then the mud is removed in the natural pure hot waters.

Thermal Springs in Diyadin

Where to Find hot Springs in Istanbul? Tuzla Thermal Springs

The resort is located in Tuzla on the Asian side of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea region, within walking distance of Istanbul's Sabiha Airport.

People visit the spring for hospitalization and recreation with mineral water, as its water has high sodium levels and is, therefore, an essential destination for asthma patients.

Tuzla Thermal Springs

Thermal Springs in Karacasu

Karacasu is one of the most famous hot springs in Turkey, located in the village of Karacasu of Bolu. They are located between the mountains and forests of the Black Sea region with high-temperature waters. Its water contains many nutritional elements for the human body, such as calcium, magnesium, sulphate, phosphorus and bicarbonate.

Thermal Springs in Karacasu


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