Denizli in Turkey: One of the world’s important health & travel destinations
Denizli in Turkey is the city of health and water
Denizli in Turkey is a gateway between Central Anatolia, Aegean and Mediterranean regions. To have land area in all three regions brings the city up to an important social, cultural and economic interaction point. Denizli is such a colorful city:
— Important Eco Tourism Center with it’s all fantastic botanic parks, lakes and ornithology (bird observing tourism), safari areas, waterfalls, springs, plateaus, camping, and caravan areas.
— A Cultural Tourism Center located on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the most beautiful examples of ancient city establishments; historic silk roads, bridges and marketplaces; legends, oldest Turkish-Islamic tombs, museums and with its local architecture
—Sports Tourism Center with water sports, winter sports, cycling tours, hiking in the mountains, paragliding, fishing & hunting
—Famous Handicrafts Center with its local handicrafts of carpets, shoes and various ornamental items
—Very important THERMAL HEALTH TOURISM CENTER with it’s thermal hot and cold water resources, hot springs, travertines, mud baths and professional therapy programs for healthy living.
Without a doubt, Denizli is a magnificent city worthed to be visited with the sides I mentioned briefly above. However, the specific topic that I chose for you travel lovers, will be on Thermal Health Tourism in Denizli. Well, health always comes first. We need to be healthy first to travel and discover, don’t we ?! 😉
The heaven of thermal waters & health: Denizli in Turkey
Did you know that in terms of geothermal resources, Turkey is among the top seven countries in the world and the first in Europe?
One of the world’s richest thermal water sources is in Denizli. Tekkeköy, İnsuyu, Babacık and Kızıldere Gölemezli, Buldan Yenicekent-Bölmekaya and Çardak Beylerli regions located within the city borders were declared officially by the ‘Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism’ as Thermal Tourism Center in 2006. In those regions, all the thermal facilities, spas, and hotels are inspected and controlled by the Health Ministry.
The first settlement traces in the ancient cities of Denizli reaches back to B.C.6000. A perfect geographical location, favorable climatic conditions, and healing thermal waters were the main reasons for these deep-rooted settlements. Thermal waters in this area were used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years; caused the built of grand baths, the establishment of the greatest medical schools of antique times and the growth of the world’s most famous ancient doctors.
Medicine in the ancient periods
If we talk about Denizli as a ‘paradise of health and thermal water resources‘, it is inevitable to reach towards ancient times. Medicine had a very important place in the ancient cities of Denizli where services were provided through diagnosis, inculcation, treatment and water therapies.
Medicine was accepted as a scientific discipline in the ancient cities of Laodikeia, Karura, Hierapolis, Eumeneia and Herakleia Salbace, were located in Denizli and its surroundings.
I would like to give you few striking examples: In Laodikeia (one of the seven churches mentioned in the bible is here, located 6 km north of Denizli, Goncalı-Eskihisar villages) a very important medical school was founded called “Herophileian”. In this medical school, water therapies related to other treatments were taught to students and applied to patients.
Herakleia Salbace (Tavas-Vakıf village) was another ancient city where the chief gods were Asclepius (the god of health) and her wife Hygeia (god of health and sanitation). In this city, there was a medical faculty where the most famous doctors of the ancient world were raised.
Hierapolis (Pamukkale) is known as “Holy City”. The reasons are healer hot springs, spas and temples. Hierapolis was the most famous treatment center of ancient Roman civilization. If you visit, you can have the chance to see Nymphaeum (Antique Fountain) and the Roman Baths with their magnificent architectural structures.
Thermal Centres in Denizli
During ancient times, only the patients from close geographical areas could have been able to go to Denizli for getting treatments. Fortunately, by today’s easy and fast transportation possibilities; we don’t have to make tough journeys for months. Let’s get the benefits of the miraculous elixirs presented by generous nature. Today’s Denizli City has opened the gates of it’s thermal centers to all guests from all over the world. Every thermal region is different from each other according to different water resources and minerals it contains. At this critical point, which thermal region is beneficial for which disease? If you want to check it out follow me, please.
Akköy-Gölemezli Thermal Tourism Centre
The number of geothermal sources is four. The temperature is between 35°C-60°C. Calcium, sodium, sulfate and carbon dioxide are the compounds of the spring waters. Especially the mud baths of Gölemez district are famous. Effective treatments for various skin disorders, psoriasis, fungus, eczema, hemorrhoids, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Sarayköy Thermal Tourism Centre
There are many important geothermal facilities in this region. The water temperature is around 80°C. It is good for various gynecological diseases, urinary tract infections, various skin diseases, and rheumatism.
Buldan-Tripolis Termal Turizm Merkezi
Located near the ancient city, Tripolis. Buldan is famous for its mineral water resources. There is a positive effect on the digestive system and liver functions. Within the same geothermal field, Yenice springs are found. The water temperature here is 56°C. It is very helpful for Rheumatism, Cardiovascular Stiffness, Liver Dysfunction, Kidney, Stomach, Skin and Gynecological diseases.
Pamukkale Thermal Waters
The ancient name is Hierapolis. 18 km away to Denizli. The therapeutic properties of thermal waters of Pamukkale have been known since ancient times. After centuries later, the quality of healing has been scientifically proven and registered. The travertines resembling the white clouds were listed in the UNESCO Cultural Heritages. Water temperature is 35°C. There is a high amount of Calcium Hydrocarbonate in the water. It has a therapeutic feature in the treatment of cardiovascular stiffness, eye, skin, nervous system and vascular diseases, rheumatism, rickets, Reynaud’s disease, and vascular inflammation. If you drink it warm, it is a good solution for the problems of stomach spasms, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, kidney diseases sourced by sandstones.
Karahayit town’s spas are wonderful sources of health, which contain very rich minerals. Reports, based on hydro-climatological researches, confirm that the unique red-colored spring water and thermal mud are very effective treatments for many diseases such as kidney, colitis, ulcers, chronic gastritis, and intestinal diseases. The water temperature is 58°C.
A friend, whom I met a few days ago, told me by having two weeks cure of thermal waters there, she managed to quit smoking. She had been smoking two packages in a day for 40 years.
You might not be smoking…You might not have any diseases…Just by getting the benefits of thermal waters, you will feel very refreshed, relaxed and energized when you go home back 🙂