A visit to a hamam is an essential part of any trip to Istanbul and we just don’t think it’s advisable for you to leave Istanbul without having a bath.
The city’s hamams vary enormously and you should take care in selecting one, as they can vary greatly in cleanliness too.
If you are only going to visit one or two hamams, we suggest you choose the ‘big two’, Cağaloğlu Hamami and Cemberlitas Hamami. Sure they’re touristy, but they’re also gorgeous historic buildings where most of the clientele will also be having their first experience of a hamam, so you won’t feel out of place.
The Cağaloğlu hamam was constructed in 1741 and is the last hamam to be built after a long period during the Ottoman Empire. It was constructed in İstanbul Eminönü and it has separated sections. It’s popular and normally visited by tourists. Entry €20.
The Cemberlitas Bath is located on Cemberlitas Square in the midst of some of Istanbul's greatest monuments. It was also built by architect Sinan in 1584. It has 2 sections, female and male.
Another wonderful hamam is the Suleymaniye Hamami. Sultan Suleyman had this Hamam built by the famous Architect Sinan in 1550. It’s the only mixed hamam in Istanbul. There are no different sections for each sex, thus the families may comfortably enjoy this hamam together. It has two way free shuttle services for the hotel guests if the booking comes through their reception.
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» Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı)
» Sultanahmet Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii, The Blue Mosque)
» Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
» Gran Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
» Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı, also known as Spice Bazaar)
» Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)
» Chora Church (Kariye Müzesi)