Yalova, a city located in the Marmara region, was once a part of Istanbul until 1995 when it was declared a province of its own. With a population of 262,000 as of 2020, Yalova is situated along the coast and boasts of its natural beauty.
The city is famous for its hot springs and thermal hotels located in a lush green area 7 miles southwest of Yalova, on the southern part of the Sea of Marmara. Yalova is easily accessible from Istanbul and Bursa through well-connected State roads and a suspension bridge, making driving distances shorter.
For those who prefer water transportation, cars and passenger ferries regularly ply between Yenikapi & Pendik piers in Istanbul and Yalova. These ferries have varying lengths of up to 75 minutes. A less frequent car ferry service from Darica to Eskihisar is also available, especially for drivers looking to avoid congestion while entering or leaving Istanbul.
At Yalova's hot springs, visitors can enjoy a variety of therapeutic treatments, including massages, Turkish baths, and drinking cures. The resort features several excellent hotels, restaurants serving authentic Turkish cuisine, cafeterias, green spaces, and forest trails. The hot springs attract both locals and foreigners who come here for relaxation and rejuvenation.