The Turkish bath, also known as hamam or hammam, is one of the ancient world’s most widely exported customs.
The tradition of the Turkish bath was born generations ago, adopted from Romans and Byzantines and then perfected by the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks and has continued even until today. There are three traditional and a couple modern hammams in Cappadocia. They all offer the same hammam facilities but we suggest the traditional ones in Urgup, Nevsehir, Avanos and Göreme which have historical buildings.
There are a few main procedures during the bath. When you arrive, the staff will provide you a cubicle in which you take off your clothes and wear the loin cloth.
After changing, you will be taken to the Sicaklik (Hot Room) of the Turkish Bath in which help your muscles loosen up, you will go to the warm room of the bath, the staff (tellak for men and natir for women) will scrub you down using Turkish soap and a special cloth that gets out all your old skin blocking your pores.
Once you have finished, you will be taken to the Sogukluk (Cold Room) and give you towels to wrap yourself in.
Then you can pay for having a massage or you can just relax and order some tea or other drinks else.
At last, after you get dressed, you will feel your skin is renewed and soft like a baby’s skin. That’s the magic of Turkish bath!