Scenic Köyceğiz Lake, located near Dalaman Airport and within convenient distance of Fethiye and Marmaris, is well known for its natural hot springs and mud baths. The lake narrows into a channel, flowing into the Dalyan river, which empties into the Mediterranean at one of Turkey's most spectacular beaches - the breeding ground of the Caretta Caretta sea turtle. The reed-edged river meanders toward the sea, surmounted by 4th-century B.C. Lycian rock tombs. Nearby are the ruins of the ancient city of Caunos.
Situated next to a natural channel between Köyceğiz Lake and the Mediterranean Sea, the Rıza Çavuş Thermal Baths form a water pool and a mud pond, with flow rate of about eight litres per second. The mud and mineral baths can accommodate 1,000 people per day. A second spring, Velibey Thermal Baths, is located 1.5 km north of Rıza Çavuş, has similar qualities and a flow rate of 20 litres per second.
The Rıza Çavuş natural hot springs contain sodium chloride, hydrogen, sulphur bromide, fluoride, natural radioactivity (3,770 picokuri/litre =139 bekerel/litre), with a total salt and mineral content of 28 gr/lt. Temperature of the mud and water is 30 to 38 oC, and pH is about 6.5.
Having very attractive physio-chemical qualities, these hot springs are good for the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological and gynaecological diseases, as well as neurological and physical exhaustion.
The Köyceğiz baths do not offer overnight accommodations. Most visitors stay at small hotels and pensions in nearby Dalyan. The baths can be reached from Dalyan by small boats.
The treatment consists of covering the body with a layer of mud and then soaking in the hot mineral water.
For further information:
Köyceğiz Tourism Office
Muğla - Köyceğiz Tel and Fax: (0-252) 262 4703
Hot Springs and Spas