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"Go to a Hammam" Selcuk Things to Do Tip by Snipernurse

Selcuk Things to Do: 174 reviews and 401 photos

I went for my first Hammam in Ephesus. If you don't know already, here is the low down on a Hammam, or a Turkish Bath. This is the traditional bath given in Turkey, it uses no water since running water was not common for the Ottoman empire. Guys and girls are usually seperated, but are sometimes put together. You get down to your birthday suit and a large towel. You are then escorted into a large steam room area with a large marble slab in the middle. You are asked to rinse of, and then lay on the marble slab until you work up a great sweat. I myself was not able to withstand the heat and had to rinse off in cold water once. You will certaintly work up a significant sweat. The point of this is to open your pores for a deeper clean. After this you lay on a stone slab and they take an abrasive towel and scrape away the top layer of dead skin, not painful necessarily. After this you are laid on another stone area where a large Turkish man massages you with soap bubbles. The length of your massage depends on where you go. This large turkish man will be strong, and will work you're muscle hard!!! You'll know when to turn over when he gives your behind a resounding smack. Overall I have to say I felt incredibly refreshed and clean after the hammam, and this is a must experience for anyone who travels in Turkey!! Cost is about 20$

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  • Written Jun 21, 2008
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