Turkish Bath

Modern Turkish bathWhen on holidays in Turkey and staying in Kalkan, visit a Hamam for a truly relaxing experience. The Turkish Hamam is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. Hamans have played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing and as architectural structures, institutions, and (later) elements with special customs attached to them. Europeans learned about the Hamam via contacts with Turkey hence the European name for it: 'Turkish' Hamam or Turkish Bath.

Taking a Turkish bath involves first relaxing in a room (known as the warm room), heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.

If you're interested in experiencing an authentic Turkish bath while on holidays in Turkey, book one at the beginning of your stay, as it's a great way to prepare the skin prior to lying in the sun (at the end of your stay you're likely to loose some of that golden tan). There is a Turkish bath 5 mins from the villa at La Sera, opposite the Elixir Hotel, as well as a number of places in town, such as the Rhapsody Spa (left).



You have the flexibility to do what you want when you want, when you spend your holidays in Kalkan Turkey, at a private villa.


Kalkan harbour and local guletsTurkish ceramics produced in Kalkan Sunset view of islands from Villa ParamelleVast array of dried fruits at Kalkan marketRuined church in the Ilhara Valley near CapadocciaTraditional Turkish ceramics produced in Kalkan