Yalova was a town of Istanbul until 1995 when the Turkish government decided to make it its own province. As of 2020, it has 262,000 inhabitants and is a beautiful city in the MARMARA region right off the coast.
Yalova hot springs and thermal hotels are located to the south of the Sea of Marmara, 7 miles southwest of Yalova in a beautifully green area. There is good State road connection between Istanbul - Yalova and Bursa-Yalova and a suspension bridge over the sea made driving distances shorter.
Cars and passenger ferries have a well-established schedule from Yenikapi & Pendik piers that travel between Istanbul and Yalova, varying in length up to 75 minutes. Additionally, there is a less frequent car ferry service from Darica to Eskihisar with the intention of easing congestion for drivers going into or leaving Istanbul.
Yalova hot springs offer a variety of therapeutic treatments like massages, Turkish baths, and drinking cures. The resort includes a few good hotels, restaurants serving typical Turkish dishes , cafeterias, green space, and forest trails. People from Yalova or foreigners come here for thermal treatment or simply relaxation.