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Galatasaray Hamam
Galatasaray Bath
#About the Turkish Bathhouse from the 15th Century

Galatasaray Bath (Hamam), one of the oldest and most famous Hamams in Turkey, was built at the end of the 15th century, during the time of Sultan Bazid.

Turkish culture has been rooted from the culture of cultivation and taking care of the body for hundreds of years, and the Hamam here is one of the best.

In order to adapt it to the modern era, the Hamam was renovated in the 1960's, and a space for women was opened.

Today the Hamam serves mainly tourists. It is neither cheap nor authentic, so if you want to spend time in the Hamam with the city's residents, be sure to find another Hamam.


Massages can be received in a separate space from the central space.

In the summer days there are traditional performances, Turkish music or belly dancers.

As with any Hamam, ask for a massage therapist, unless you are experienced and want to get Turkish massage - a particularly dislocating experience...

The Çemberlitaş Hamami, the largest in the city next to the big bazaar in the Old City, or the small and historic Hamam Amin Sinan is also good.

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aalolu Hamam
Cagaloglu Hamam
#About Istanbul's Recommended Hamam

If most of the hamams are like tourist attractions, the Cagaloglu Hamam (Çağaloğlu Hamam) is an authentic hamam, first built in the 18th century.

In fact, this hamam, in 1741, was given as a gift to the city of Istanbul by Sultan Mahmoud. Over the years, many of the world's rulers and many celebrities have enjoyed it while visiting the city. In addition to bathing, it offers a great variety of treatments and is recommended for those who want to experience the real Turkish bath.

In the hamam, located on Professor Kazim Gorkan Street 34, in the old town, you will enter the hallway, directly into a room full of marble and Corinthian columns, into a mist of warm steam. Men and women go into separate section where they will be given a variety of treatments in order, including body bath, dry scrubbing, massages, bathing, rebounding, more massage and finally overlap.

In the hamam you can also experience a wet sauna and several treatments, enjoy the lounges and sip a cup of hot tea. When you are done, you will find that all the dirt that you have accumulated by wandering the city has been cleaned, and you will be loaded with new energies to continue the trip.

#What is the Hamam?

The Hamam, the Arabic word for a Turkish bathhouse, is a damp bathing place originating in the Middle East and North Africa. It has a wet and dry sauna, with a pampering heat that penetrates the bones and a cold bath after sweating. In the hamam people lay and sweat calmly, and when when the heat is too much they wash off in cool water.

The name "Turkish bath" is an incorrect name given by the Europeans, since they only knew about the hamam from the Ottoman Empire. But hamams are not Turkish, they are Roman bathhouse. A custom that was practiced in many cities throughout the Roman Empire. The connecting thread to the Turkish bath came from the time when the city was called Constantinople and was ruled by the Byzantine Empire.

Cultural and social, the hamam served for hundreds of years as a separate meeting place for men and women. Here the townspeople heard local gossip of the week, and removed some of the conservative burden of tradition. This was especially noticeable among women, for it was the only place where the women of the city allowed themselves to be free from the rigid masculine control that surrounded them elsewhere. The men, for their part, developed fantasies and told tales about what was happening inside the walls of the female wing of the hamam.

Today there are "saunas" all over the world that are parallel to the Turkish bathhouses, with the clean and sanitary options they offer - sweat and then wash in cold water and sometimes get a pampering massage. But the magic of the East and the hamam, still attracts many.


In each hamam, ask for a massage therapist, unless you are experienced and want to get Turkish massage - a particularly dislocating experience...

Want to visit another hamam? - Try the Çemberlitaş Hamami, next to the big bazaar in the Old City. This is the largest and most important hamam in Istanbul.

Hamam Amin Sinan is a smaller hamam but also historical.

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#A Visit:

Therme Bucureti
Therme Bucharest
#About Bucharest's Special Baths

Balotesti, a 10-minute drive from Bucharest, has Thermal Baths (Therme Bucureşti). This is a huge and exotic paradise, a pampering and enjoyable place where you can wash and swim in 8 pools of thermal water, which is constantly heated to 33 degrees Celsius.

Apart from the water experiences, you can stroll through the huge gardens, internal and external, one of the largest in Romania, with hundreds of thousands of plants and trees.

In 3 spa areas, you will get a relaxing experience, spa, and entertainment. The first is called the Center, which has the largest swimming pool in Romania, with a bar within the pool and toboggan slides. The large pool has a revolving door that can be passed through to the outside of the pool. In winter, the experience is stunning, when you are in the cold and the snow, immersed in the hot water.

In the Elysium complex you will find a pampering spa with thermal saunas and massages, while in the palm area, the third one, you will discover the 500 palm trees, the relaxation and meditation experience.


Bring your own towels, otherwise, you will need to buy some here.

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Rudas Baths
Rudas Baths
#About the Turkish Bath of Budapest

The Rudas Baths, at the foot of the Buda hills, are among Europe's largest baths. If it's winter, take a moment and look up from the baths to the green slopes of Buda. In this way, you will also benefit from winter and even snowy beauty, as you move in the warm water.

The baths were established by the Turks, while they ruled Hungary. This can be learned from the Ottoman architecture, which is reminiscent of a Turkish bath, masculine and sweaty. The somewhat chauvinistic atmosphere that separates women from men also hints at the origins of these baths. By the way, it seems that time does not stop and is changing, because in the past the baths were for only men. And in recent years baths for women were opened, but still they are separate.

There are 6 thermal hot water pools and an octagonal pool surrounded by columns. The water from this pool comes from dozens of thermo-mineral springs and is used to heal muscle aches.

There are also wet and dry saunas, massage services and more.


Bring a towel with you.

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Gellrt Thermal Bath
Gellért Thermal Bath
#About the Luxury Baths of Budapest

The design in the Art-Neavou style in the Gellért Thermal Bath, along with the fancy Gellért Hotel, gives this place the title of real royal baths. Entrance is about 10 euros per person. the design of the ancient building includes many mosaics, marble columns, and offers a combination between historical ancient traditions and modern innovations.

The history of these baths begins way back in the Ottoman occupation period, that ruled Hungary from the 15th century. The hot water springs existed here long before that. After the construction external pools were also added. The baths as they are now only opened in 1908. The current facilities are of course convenient and modern, according to today's standards.

Between the marble columns and the turquoise mosaics, there are a variety of internal and external pools. There are 5 hot water pools, in different temperatures, and 9 additional medicinal pools. 3 external pools also include a children's pool, wave pool, and a few thermo-mineral pools, with hot water from the thermal underground water springs, between the temperatures 26-38 degrees, coming from the nearby Gellért Hill.

In the thermal baths there is also a sauna and bathrooms for an additional fee, including massages, water therapy, mud treatments, a beauty parlor, and more.


It is nice to place a visit here after a day of walking.

Bring swim caps with you - it is a must for the big swimming pool.

You can enter the Bath up to an hour before closing.

The bathing is for both men and women.

Hotel guests enter the thermal bath for free.

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SPA Beerland
SPA Beerland
#The Perfect Combination of Spa and Beer

In the Czech Republic, a nation that lives on beer, created the wonderful combination of beer and spa. Not that it's too hard or too creative, but admit it's original to connect these two pleasures! You get into a Jacuzzi, massages and all kinds of body pleasures - all combined with beer. A lot of beer!

The beer spa of SPA Beerland does this job very well.

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Szchnyi Spa
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
#About the Popular Thermal Bath of Budapest

Want to bath in thermal baths just like in olden times? The thermal baths are an experience, and part of the experience in visiting Budapest. After all, this is the "Spa City" of Europe. In every corner there are thermal baths, whose water comes from hot water springs located under the city. These baths are known for helping to heal skin, digestion, and nerve problems.

Széchenyi Thermal Bath (Széchényi Spa) is the most popular bath in Budapest. These baths are located in the eastern part of the city, in Pest. This is a large site, and popular, thanks to its location in the public park. If you do not require total silence, then this place is pretty nice, even with the large crowds.

Nothing can be done - to here many locals and tourists come and visit. These are the largest baths in Europe, and are located in the largest public park in the city, Varosliget City Park.

To tell the truth, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is a huge place. There are three external swimming pools, with a wave pool for kids, and 12 more thermal baths with different temperatures and designs in the open air. Next to the baths, there is a sports center, spa, gym, physical therapy center, sauna, massages and more.

With the design, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the newest in the city, but has existed for a rather long time, since 1913. The design, accordingly, is from another period. The neo-Baroque style of the baths gives a special atmosphere to those bathing. In one visit, there is some doubt if you will be able to experience all the pools in the complex. But, you are more than welcome to come and try!


Bring your own towels, otherwise, you will have to buy some here.

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Vouliagmeni Lake
Lake Vouliagmeni
#About the Spa Lake with Impressive Cliffs

About an hour drive from the center of Athens is Lake Vouliagmeni (Limni Vouliagmenis), nicknamed the Sunken Lake. This is a beautiful lake located in the suburbs of the big city. Its splendid location, close to the sea and with views of impressive cliffs, gives it an impressive and dramatic look. It is a favorite among locals, as a preferred place to swim.

The lake water is sweet and comes from a natural warm underground stream more than 100 meters below the surface. In the lake the stream water mixes with the salt water. The water's temperature varies between 21 to 27 degrees Celsius, and turns the lake into a sort of spa, that is fit for swimming all year long.

Especially nice are the small fish that peck at your feet, at anyone who stands in one place for too long.


On the lake's shores are showers and restrooms.

Nearby is also a cafe, not that cheap, but nice.

The entrance fee is 12 euros per person.

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