sultaniye hot springs and mud baths

At the end of the day of cycling near Dalyan, Turkey, we arrived at the Sultaniye Hot Springs and Mud Baths. Sultaniye is a small village on Lake Koycegiz where ruins date back to the Roman era. Nearby sulfurous water of 40°C seeps from the rocks providing a now popular tourist destination.

Archaeological evidence suggests the goddess Leta was worshiped in this spa location. I told Hubby he could begin worshiping me instead. Sorry no photographic capture of the eye rolling.

The experience for our sweaty group began with a segregated hot pool, one for women and one for men. I can’t say what went on with the guys side however the group of women from our cycling group managed to get in trouble within seconds of arrival.

Two Turkish ladies were already soaking in the pool. As we made our way in giggling and squealing at the hot temperature, not to mention the nurses of the group questioning all the environmental health aspects of the situation we now found ourselves in, the local ladies began motioning frantically attempting to communicate with us.

sultaniye hot springs and mud baths

It was a bit like charades with them pointing to a sign on the wall and back to the water….” You want us to drink the water? Being one of the nurses we were a definite no for that one.

They patted their cheeks and pointed at the sign. “You want us to splash the water on our face?” Still a no go for those strict health care types.

The Turkish women became more frantic and grabbed and pointed at their necks. “We look like we have a disease of the throat?”

Our Turkish guide finally saved us from further embarrassment. The sign read “Please be quiet in the pool”. Oops failed on that rule miserably.

sultaniye hot springs and mud baths

The experience ended with the mud baths; an ooey gooey experience that some embraced more readily than others. Hubby rolled around in it like a dog with an itchy back.

The nurses again tried not to imagine what might actually be in the mud and how many folks had rolled around in it previously.

We were good sports, although I did refrain from Hubby’s enthusiastic rolling methods. at the end of the experience the locals assured us we would be looking at least 10 years younger. Turns out the mildly radioactive water is rich in radon content. I thought I noticed a special glow about my skin.

sultaniye hot springs and mud baths

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How do you feel about a  mud bath? Health inducing or illness causing?