Afyonkarahisar Thermal Springs
Afyonkarahisar is known as the thermal capital of Türkiye. As such, the city is most famous for its thermal facilities, physical therapy, medical spa facilities, and natural therapies. Afyonkarahisar, which has all the resources required for health tourism with its thermal springs, springs, mud baths and mineral waters, offers great opportunities to local and foreign tourists.
The city where people find healing since thousands of years, the "City of Healing Afyonkarahisar" is also known under the name "Healing Phrygia". Afyonkarahisar is one of the richest basins in the world with its mineral-rich thermal sources. In Afyonkarahisar services are provided by specialist doctors and physiotherapists in thermal tourism centres, each operating in different specialities.
Also, the "Afyonkarahisar University of Health Sciences", which is one of three Health Universities in Türkiye, is located in this city, which is an important centre of attraction for health and thermal tourism.
The thermal hotels in the city, have thermal pools, indoor and outdoor pools, children's pools, family pools, Jacuzzis, mud baths, sauna, steam room, massage room, aromatherapy room, skin care room, salt room, straw room, sand room in the most thermal hotels operating in the city , There is also provided ozone sauna, foot detox and doctor fish. Some thermal facilities also provide physical therapy units.
İhsaniye Gazlıgöl, Bolvadin and Sandıklı Thermal Springs and mud baths are known as important thermal centres and healing points in Afyonkarahisar.
Fairy Chimneys (Volcanic Cones)
Due to the geological structure of Afyonkarahisar province, there are many fairy chimneys in different shapes, with or without a cap. These are located in the İhsaniye, İscehisar, Bayat and Bolvadin Districts on volcanic soils. These fairy chimneys, formed by the erosion of volcanic rocks over time, are one of the natural beauties that attract the attention of local and foreign tourists in Afyonkarahisar. For visitors, who want to explore these natural beauties, there are walking and sightseeing routes connecting the districts of İhsaniye, İscehisar, Bayat and Bolvadin.
Natural Habitat Lakes
Afyonkarahisar is one of our cities worth exploring with its natural beauties as well as its historical, touristic and cultural values. There are important lakes in Afyonkarahisar, each of which is a natural wonder and protected for thousands of years.
Eber Lake (Eber gölü), which is within Çay, Bolvadin and Sultandağ’s borders and is located within an area of 150 square kilometers, is waiting to be discovered as a magnificent lake. Located on the bird’s migration route, the lake is a breeding center and habitat for many bird species. Eber Lake, where many plant species grow, is the only place in the world where Eber Yellow is grown. It is possible to see the most beautiful shades of green and blue in Lake Eber, which is known for its floating islets and is home to many fish species.
Preserved in Anatolia is the Acıgöl, which is one of the major lakes due to its bird population. The lake, which is an important habitat for living creatures due to its soda water, is one of the special regions hosting flamingo flocks in summer and winter. In Acıgöl, where migratory birds such as gulls, wild geese, wild ducks, cranes, cormorants, pelicans, storks and raptors such as eagles, hawks and harriers are seen, observing these birds from the bird watching tower is one of the most beautiful activities.
Another lake in Afyonkarahisar to admire its natural beauty is the Emre Lake (Emre gölü). It is possible to see many historical buildings in the Phrygian Valley on a canoe or boat tour (the Boats of King Midas) in the Emre Lake, which is located within the borders of İhsaniye District and the Phrygian Valley.
Akdağ Nature Park
Akdağ Nature Park (Akdağ Tabiat Parkı), which contains the most beautiful examples of lush forests, vast meadows, water resources and wildlife, is a unique place for visitors who seek peace and want to be alone with nature.
Akdağ Nature Park was declared a "Wildlife Protection Area" by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. An excellent experience on the social facilities, horse-back riding routes, hiking, trekking and biking trails, wild life viewing points, canyons and caves, and the ponds await the excursionists and campers.
Each of the historical mansions in Afyonkarahisar constitutes the best examples of civil architecture. The Karahisar Castle and the Hıdırlık foothills, where these mansions are concentrated, and the neighbourhoods around the castle are the first residential areas. These places are under protection as urban sites. The mansions, where the historical houses of Afyonkarahisar are represented in the best way, have been restored and opened to tourism. These historical mansions, where you will take a journey in history during your visit, serve as a museum, restaurant, café and boutique hotel in our days.
One of the settlements of Bayat Boyu, a branch of the Oghuz tribe, in Anatolia is the Bayat District of Afyonkarahisar. Rug weaving has a cultural significance in Bayat Boyu as it was in Oğuzlar. Bayat Rugs, which have an important historical background, emerge as an important product contributing to the cultural texture and economy of Afyon today. Handcrafted rugs decorating young girls' dowries continue to be produced without spoiling the historical and cultural tradition. The Bayat Rugs, produced by using natural plant root dyes with yarn made from pure wool, attract the attention of visitors with their rich motifs.
It is the first and only patented rug in Türkiye, as the root dyes used in these rugs and whose raw material is 100% wool will retain their colour without fading for 120 years.
Afyonkarahisar is one of the trademark cities that have made a name both in our country and in the world in marble. It is known that marble production, which has a history as old as the first settlement in the region, has existed in Afyonkarahisar for more than 3000 years. With its rich and high quality marble beds, Afyonkarahisar is one of the few cities where the marble sector is highly developed. Many civilizations that have settled in Afyonkarahisar from the Hittites until today dealt with marble production as an important source of income, apart from agriculture and animal husbandry. It is seen that marble has been used in many historical artefacts and structures from ancient times until today.