After trekking or bird watching it is a great pleasure to go to the hamam and relax. In NiÄŸde - about 30-45 minutes driving from my pension - there are really nice (men and women separate) authentic hamams to go to. As you know the hamam is a very important part of our cultural Turkish inheritance. We go there to wash ourselves, get scrubbed, massaged and exchange the latest news and gossips. In the middle of the hamam is a big stone round bench which is heated and especially nice to lay down on. It is a treat for tired muscles. The hamam also offers sauna. A nice alternation in relaxation.