Yalova the City of Thermal Springs

Yalova is a city located in northwestern Turkey, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara.

The city is well known for its thermal district which can be found only 13 km away from the city center. Istanbul dwellers like to visit Yalova to escape the city for a long weekend and relax in the thermal springs since it is only one and a half hours away by car and just half an hour away by plane. 

Yalova thermal springs is one of the best spots for psychological and physical rejuvenation. No wonder the area was populated since 3000 B.C. According to Evliya Çelebi (an Ottoman explorer); Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, got sick when she was young and lost her eyelashes and eyebrows. The doctors unable to treat her, sent her to the region for a change of air. There young Helena bathed in the springs and drank spring water, and after 40 days she was cured. To celebrate Helena ordered bathhouses and hospitals to be built in the area. Later Constantine established a city in a nearby location naming it Helenapolis after his mother. The columns and ruins that can be found above the springs are from that era.

There is a total of 4 thermal springs that can be found in the area each with different pH and radioactivity values:

 

Yalova Asıl Kaynak: Temperature - 57°C, pH - 7.66, radioactivity - 2.89 eman.

Valide Hanım Kurnabaşı: Temperature - 56°C, pH - 7.46. 

Valide Hanım Kaynağı: Temperature 64°C, pH - 7.48, radioactivity - 0.57 eman.

Yalova Göz Suyu: Temperature 55°C, pH - 6.88, radioactivity - 4.2 eman.

 

The springs are used to cure many ailments including rheumatism, stomach and kidney disorders, diabetes, eye diseases, obesity and even mental illnesses. The waters are used both for baths and for drinking. There are hotels in the area offering treatments and access to the spring waters.

Besides the thermal springs the city offers hiking, trekking and biking routes, peaceful camping sites and of course gorgeous landscapes. Among top attractions is Sudüşen waterfall and hiking, trekking, and biking through these amazingly scenic landscapes are ideal activities. Erikli Plateau, near the Teşvikiye Village, is the favorite destination of campers and photography enthusiasts are in love with this place. For a charming picnic head to the Hasan Baba area, a protected habitat for deer.

Last Updated: 23.7.2019 15:20:21