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The city was dominated by Hittites, Phrygians and Lydians respectively in the known history. Dominated by Persians in 6th century BC, the city was conquered by Alexander the Great and after the death of Alexander, it was ruled by Kingdom of Pergamon. Upon the conquest of Anatolia by the Turks, Karasar Turks had settled in the region and name of Karahisar comes from that. Domineered by Germiyanids in 12th century, the region then joined the Ottomans. During this process, the city was named Hapanuva by Hittites, Akroinon by Byzantines and Romans and Karahisar-i Devlet or Karahisar-i Sahip by the Seljuks and Ottomans. The city where Field Battle of the Commander-in-Chief took place is neighbour with Eskisehir, Kutahya, Usak, Denizli, Burdur, Isparta and Konya. The province is within the borders of Aegean Region and one of the coldest areas in the region in terms of climatic conditions.
When you visit Afyon, be sure to visit Karahisar Castle, churches, mosques, natural caves, all hot springs and martyrdom. To chase the traces of the former civilizations, you can visit Elmadag Amorium Ancient City, Apameia in Dinar, Synnada in Suhut and Doger in Ihsaniye. Sandikli Kurtini Cave, Sultandagi Buzluk Cave, Suhut Karacamal Cave will amaze you with their nature. You can visit Ayazini, Memec Kaya and Egerli churches and you can witness a nation’s history amidst the martyrdoms in Kocatepe. Shopping centres in Afyon will meet all of your needs. There are various restuarants offering local foods. You can taste clotted cream, soudjouk, crisp flaky pastry with poppy seeds, delight and bukme (a dessert with lentil) and have a great day in picnic areas and take nature walks.
Afyon features many properties and thermal hotels appealing to your budget. You can rejuvenate with various cures according to your needs at the properties that provide service with full-board and half-board concepts and you can relax your mind and body thanks to the massage, SPA sessions and steam bathes. Pek çok tesisin açık ve kapalı havuzları bulunurken tercihine göre her ikisinden de yararlanabilirsin. Developed enormously in terms of thermal tourism and hotel management, Afyon has such quality that will satisfy the visitors with the moves it has made in health tourism. Some of the properties also provides support to the guests to find cure with physicians, physiotherapist, nurse and caregivers.
It’s very easy to access the city. There are direct buses from almost all city centres and you can also prefer railway from some of the cities. Afyon Zafer Airport could also be a fast option. Turkish Airlines, Germania Airlines, Atlasglobal, Germanwings and Pegasus Airlines offer flights to this airport. There are shuttle services from the airport to the city centres and various districts. If you want to reach to Afyonkarahisar with your private car, remember that the city is located 425 km to Istanbul, 260 km to Ankara, 275 km to Bursa, 324 km to Izmir and 229 km to Konya.
Afyon’s water with plenty of mineral that is thought to be good for health is used for rheumatic diseases and utilized not just as bath but also as mud bath. The city features many hot springs with different water characteristics. Some of the hot springs are Afyonkarahisar Centre, Bolvadin, Gazligol, Heybeli, Omerli, Gecek, Hudai. Even Gazligol and Hudai hot springs are very popular, you should visit the one that suits you most as the water characteristics vary. Afyon hot springs are thought to be good for calcification, skin, urinary tract, gall bladder, cervical discal hernia and herniated disk, articular stiffness, cardiac and circulatory system, mange, cutaneous disease, neuritis and lumbago.
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