The fame of Balikli Thermal spring dates back to the early 1900s when local people discovered by chance its healing powers. The public attention was drawn quickly to this magical place and numerous of pools have been built around the area over the next 50 years. Several lodging facilities have been raised to provide the necessary comfort to people arriving from far away. The miraculous way of treatment by the doctor fish living in the extremely hot thermal waters increases its fame. Nowadays the Balikli Thermal is a unique place in the world, proving to be the last resort of hope for those suffering from severe skin diseases, like psoriasis vulgaris, ulcers, rheumatism and St. Anthony's fire, which up-to-date medicine fails to cure.
The spring water, with a pH of about 7.2, is isothermal and maintains a temperature of about 35 ° C throughout the year. It has features which make it drinkable. The presence of selenium (1.3ppm) is known for its biological and therapeutic aspects. The high level of selenium in the water is the most important factor for wound healing. It is effective either via absorption through the skin or oral ingestion. The spring waters have been reported also as being beneficial in rheumatic diseases and neurologic disorders, orthopaedic, traumatological and gynaecological problems.
Located in the province of Sivas, Turkey, the Balikli Thermal is 98 km from Sivas and 13 km from the city of Kangal. Also known as the Kangal Treatment Center, the resort is situated up in the mountains (1,600m above sea level) in a rural setting and a green valley. Due to the high level of altitude and isolated location from the urban areas, the visitors of Balikli Thermal can enjoy an extremely fresh and clean air combined with sunny weather 280 days a year. The high elevation facilitates the UV rays effect which is essentially good for the skin, giving a positive side effect on the psoriasis affected derma.
There are regular flights from Istanbul to Sivas, Kayseri or Malatya. There is special transport service for patients from Sivas airport to the thermal spring. Road and train connections can be utilized to reach the thermal. A bus line running on an hour basis daily is also available.
Balikli Thermal offers a simple hotel accommodation complex open all seasons long. Accommodation is basic but clean featuring 2 main types of accommodation. The first class accommodations are spacious and well furnished rooms, including a private bath, mini-bar, central heating system, telephone line. The second class rooms have also private bath however the rooms are smaller, and lacking certain features that first class offers. To make you stay more comfortable we recommend booking first class accommodations.
The Spa facilities feature 6 pools (one being half Olympic-size) and 16 private baths, including separate treatment pools for women and men which can be accessed via tunnel from the hotel's main building. Further hotel amenities include a spacious restaurant seating 200 people, a TV room, a mini market, a tea garden, a coffee shop and a playground for children. There is not much to do at the Spa center, except for wading so better bring with you some books, iPod or DVD player.
The Balikli Thermal Spa Hotel can be referred to as treatment center as well due to the strict rules of the treatment, obliging patients to take healthy precautions like bringing their own belongings necessary for overnight stays such as towels, sleepers, soaps or shampoos. Those can also be obtained from mini market placed at the base level of the building.
To make a reservation at the Balikli Thermal Spa please fill out our reservation form and submit it. We will get back to you shortly with full information regarding availability and detailed price information. International and domestic flights, ground transportation as well as daily trips and excursions to local cities and sights can also be booked upon request.