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Thermal Spas of Afyon


Afyonkarahisar, known to the residents as Afyon, has quickly made a name for itself as a year long destination for relaxation and spa treatments. It has been known for decades by Turks that the thermal waters of Afyon are unlike any outside of Turkey. The Turks’ best kept secret, however, is becoming much less of a secret. Thousands of tourists journey to Afyon every year to take advantage of the healing properties in the water and enjoy other relaxing spa activities at one of the twenty two modern spa resorts.



Each of the several thermal springs in Afyon have different healing properties that are beneficial to the body because of the minerals in the water. For example, the Gazlıgöl Thermal Spring is miraculously renowned for helping cure rheumatism, cardio-vascular problems, digestive issues, kidney diseases, urinary tract and metabolism disorders and different skin problems. This is neither coincidence nor scientific anomaly since it is rich in carbon dioxide, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, bromide, and fluoride. The water from Afyon’s thermal baths is notoriously warm too, normally around 60°C or over.



Mud baths are also an increasingly popular service that spas offer in Afyon. It is believed that when mud dries it has a tightening effect that helps the skin with wrinkles, makes skin appear more beautiful, and also helps the joints. The mud at the Sandıklı thermal baths is made by combining a special soil with healing water that is 68°C. The mud is known to stop mild aches and pains, improve circulation, and help remove toxins. Once you have covered yourself in mud, the sulfur pools that people wash themselves off with afterwards is thought to help the immune system combat illnesses.


As you can tell there are no shortage of reasons to take the trip to Afyon, whether you are concerned about your health or simply want to get away and relax. These luxury thermal spa resorts have hundreds of ways of putting you at ease with thermal baths, mud baths, saunas, massages, and so much more. Afyon is the perfect destination for taking the time to benefit your long-term health, while you relax and feel like you are doing absolutely nothing at all.

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