European Route of Historic Thermal Towns
Thermalism can be defined as the therapeutic use of hot springs. Thermalism has been a common practice in Europe from ancient times to the present day. Europe is home to many spa towns with different styles of architecture and an array of spa traditions. This spa culture can truly be considered a unique European heritage.
Afyonkarahisar is the capital of thermal tourism in Türkiye and is an important center of culture, nature, and gastronomy. Afyonkarahisar has a history stretching back more than 5,000 years. It has been home to many empires such as those of the Hittites, Phrygians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and Ottomans. The thermal tradition first took form here in ancient times and was continued by all societies that lived in the historic city.