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Taking a Dip in a Turkish Bath

A holiday to Turkey just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Turkish bath! Turkish baths have been around for thousands of years and used to be used by the Turkish public before private baths in the home were common. Although nearly everyone in Turkey has their own bath in their home in this day and age, Turkish baths are still prevalent and you’re guaranteed to find one in almost every neighbour in most major Turkish cities.
The full Turkish bath experience isn’t just about soaping up and making sure you wash behind your ears – a traditional Turkish bath has three stages. When you enter the bath house, which is usually opulently decorated, you will be directed to a private room where you can undress and put on the loin cloth that will be provided for you by the bath house staff. You must wear this loin cloth at all times whilst in the public areas of the bath house – it’s considered extremely rude to try and go au natural and you don’t want to find this out the hard way!
After you’ve changed you’ll be taken to the hot room – this is a room a bit like a sauna which is designed to relax you and loosen off any tense muscles. If there is trained staff on hand this is also the place to ask for a traditional Turkish massage. After the hot room you will be lead to the Turkish bath itself where you can relax or take advantage of the natural spas and scrub up. Some baths will have staff who will scrub you down with a special Turkish soap and cloth that has a great exfoliating effect.

The last stage is all about relaxation: once you’re done washing, you will be wrapped in a number of warm towels and taken to the cold room to cool off and drink Turkish tea or take a nap.
A trip to the Turkish baths is a quintessential activity for tourists taking in the more traditional side of Turkey and is an activity guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

NOTE: This is not my own experience, but instead one provided by onthebeach.co.uk. Please visit their site for more information.

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