Koycegiz & Sultaniye Kaplıcaları Thermal Baths
Koycegiz is a really pretty town located at the side of a very large lake. It is quite famous for its honey so you'll find quite a lot of shops selling the local honey along with roadside sellers selling locally grown Oranges (Dependent on the time of year).
At the entrance to the town just before the lake front there is a weekly sunday market held and once a month a local craft market is held at the same place. Along the lakeside you'll find a number of bars and restaurants catering to all tastes, these run to either side of the town, the far end to the left from town leads to a small harbour where boats can be taken to Dalyan and Sultaniye Kaplicalari.
For children there are a number of childrens parks along the lake front and a very large council run park with ornamental pool and childrens park at the far side to the right of town, here you will also find a government run cafe, across the road is a small shingle beach.
Take the lakeside road passed the large council cafe and across the bridge heading to Sultaniye Kaplicalari and also signposted to Dalyan. You'll follow the lakeside for quite a while its a good 20 minutes drive, plenty of places to stop and view the lake, along with spotting storks and wild Donkeys in the surrounding forests.
Once you are at the back of the lake just about opposite the main town, you'll spot the 2 white domes which you are heading to, further along this road it is clearly signposted to Sultaniye Kaplicalari.
The place is a hidden Gem. Most of the Tourists seem to be Turkish, or a few British having taken a boat trip over. Parking is just at the entrance and as you walk into the area near the barrier there will be someone collecting an entrance fee which is 4ytl. On arriving you'll smell the pungent smell of sulphur coming from the water. Theres a small pool at the entrance but the main thermal baths are in the covered domes.
These are natural Thermal baths and the water is very warm, the water is said to provide many benefits including healing skin conditions and helping with muscle pains, arthritis and rheumastism. There are 2 covered pools, one for ladies only and a mixed one. The pool is just over a meter in depth and the floor is lined with black stones, helping to retain the heat in the pools. There are 2 small wooden changing cabins inbetween the somes (Theres a larger changing room up by the fish spa).
Behind the 2 dome covered pools is a cafe bar & also a restaurant, there are showers and changing rooms available along with a fish Spa (Extra Payable for this). Just passed the restaurant is an outside thermal pool (Mixed) and to the other side is the Mud Bath, the idea is to cover yourself in mud then sit on the ledges to dry out, there are showers to the side and also a platform to jump in the lake.
We have visited in both winter & summer, it does get too hot & very busy in July & August so I would suggest an out of season visit.
As an alternative to taking the trip back around the lake to Koycegiz, you can turn left out of sultaniye kaplıcaları in the direction of Dalyan, after a mile or so, you come to the river where you have to cross by boat 15ytl per car. The ferry boat holds 3 cars and you have to reverse off the boat at the other side. Once off the boat, Dalaman is signposted to head back in the Fethiye Direction
Directions From Fethiye
Head along the D400 in the direction of Dalaman (fee for Gocek Tunnel currently 5.5ytl each way). Once at Dalaman carry on along the D400 heading in the direction of Marmaris. You will pass Ortaca which is also the Dalyan Turn off and then about 10 minutes further is the sign for Koycegiz. Turn left at this first exit, and they'll be a petrol station to your right. (If you miss this exit carry on to the next exit and follow the road in to the roundabout). Follow along this road and you come to a round a bout with a world Globe in Silver, turn left into the main high street, as you follow this road down you get to a point where you can only go right, this is the town center and the lake is 100m infront. Turn right and park along one of the side streets, or if you carry along further you can park along the lakeside. Parking seems to be free here, just watch the narrow roads.
Heading back you have the choice to take the ferry or come back around the lake through Koycegiz, the ferry is shorter in time/distance.
Some pictures from Koycegiiz and the Sulphur baths
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