Nearly 500,000 tourists enjoyed the comfort of natural hot springs in northwestern Turkey last year.
Turkey’s Yalova province, a top destination for nature lovers, offers domestic and foreign tourists the opportunity for a relaxing thermal holiday any season of the year.
The province draws tourists with 17 facilities with a capacity of 5,000 beds, certified by the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry as well as businesses with municipal certificates.
A center for healing for civilizations dating back to the Roman era, Yalova’s thermal spas in 2021 attracted nearly half a million visitors, including 120,000 tourists from the US, Germany, Iran, Russia, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Umit Gurbuzoglu, deputy head of the Health Ministry's Thermal Hot Springs Enterprise, said Yalova is a special favorite for Russian tourists.
Russian vacationers enjoy Yalova's atmosphere, including the hot springs as well as nature, he added.