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Pamukkale, Turkey
Written by Rashmi on January 29, 2022 Share on

Pamukkale – Best place in Turkey

Pamukkale, also known as “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural wonder in Denizli, Turkey. The flowing water has left behind a carbonate mineral well known for its healing power. Pamukkale is much much more than hot springs, and we’ll tell you about all the fun things to do there in this blog! It’s in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the Menderes Valley, and the weather is pleasant for the majority of the year.

Turkey is a large country, and most visitors do not make it to the Pamukkale hot springs because they are located fairly far away from Turkey.


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What’s so special about Pamukkale?

Pamukkale is worthwhile to visit for a variety of reasons, mainly for its ancient history. The hot springs have had medicinal effects throughout history.
The Turks claim that swimming in the pools will treat illnesses including nutritional and chronic disorders, digestive and circulatory issues, eye and skin infections, and so on.

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Image Credits : Pixabay

Even Cleopatra has used the healing baths. Pamukkale’s travertine pools have beautiful ruins and historical buildings. One of the main sites is the Hierapolis city and it is located above the pool.

Things to do in Pamukkale

  • Pamukkale Travertine pool
  • Hierapolis city
  • Antique pool of Pamukkale
  • Heirapolis theatre
  • Heirapolis museum

Pamukkale Travertine pool

Bathing in the stunning white travertine pools is a must-do when visiting Pamukkale. Calcium deposits from the area’s hot springs resulted in the formation of these natural rock ponds.

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Image Credits : Pixabay

These deposits formed on Pamukkale’s steep slopes in the same way that stalactites do within caves. Over time, they gradually fanned out into pools. To get to these pools, you’ll have to trek all the way from the site’s lower entrance to the upper half, where these modest natural spas are located (barefoot to avoid damaging the travertine).

The pools near the top of the site are the hottest, while those near the bottom have lukewarm water.

Hierapolis city

Around 190 BC, King Eumenes II of Pergamon established Hierapolis as a fortified Greek colony. The city was a military outpost in the beginning and then transformed into a spa resort.

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Image Credits : Pixabay

The city’s ruins have beautiful long roads and are surrounded by tall columns. Visitors can enter the Hierapolis ruins at the Antique Pool by walking up via the Pamukkale limestone terraces.
Don’t miss out on the chance to bask in the splendour of the ruins. In the northern half of the ruins, there is a Necropolis, and in the southern end, there is a Byzantine church.

Antique pool of Pamukkale

Near the Apollo temple, there are a couple of additional ponds worth visiting. These pools, unlike natural travertine pools, were sculpted out of the limestone by the Romans. With submerged columns and marble bits of the temple scattered in the water, it’s a very unique hot-spring experience. You’ve never had an encounter quite like this before!
In addition to the 50 Lyra required to visit the site, you must pay 50 Lyra to swim in these Roman pools.

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Image Credits : Pixabay

The antique pool is free for children under the age of six, while children from six to twelve must pay 13 Turkish Lira. From April through October, the pool is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.You can paddle around the space, which is kept at a constant 36 degrees Celsius. Marc Antony is said to have given Cleopatra this tiny pool as a gift. The structure collapsed into it after an earthquake, and it was simply left there. It is a very popular attraction in Turkey, visited by both residents and tourists.

Hierapolis theatre

If you visit the Hierapolis ruins, the theatre is the primary attraction. It sits on a hill, with a view of the remainder of the ancient Greek settlement below. It takes around 10 minutes to walk from the destroyed city’s entrance to the theatre. The theatre is immaculately maintained and retains much of its historic charm. The view from the summit is really stunning, and there are two levels of seats available. On one side, there are royal boxes for VIP seats with ornate décor that has weathered the ravages of time along the stage.

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Image Credits : Pexels

The entire theatre has been meticulously restored, and while there isn’t much to see or do, you will be seated in the same places that people sat centuries ago. This magnificent theatre is 100 metres long and has more than 28 rows. If you’re visiting Pamukkale in the winter, make a point of stopping by here. The sight is incredibly gorgeous to visit after sunset and the view of travertine terraces from the castle ruins will be outstanding. If you want to get the most out of your visit, go at sunset or sunrise.

Hierapolis museum

This little museum, housed in a former Roman bathhouse, houses an interesting collection of antiquities from Hierapolis.

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Image credits : Pexels

The museum’s visit will help to bring Hierapolis to life. It features exquisite art, stone reliefs, and ancient sarcophagi. The antiquities collection also included sculptures from the adjacent Aphrodisias site. Many artefacts such as intricate stone pieces is recovered from the site.

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  • What is the best time to visit Pamukkale?
    The weather is usually quite comfortable between April and June which is the spring season in Pamukkale.
  • What is the opening hour in Pamukkale?
    Pamukkale is open throughout the day. The ticket covers access to both the hot springs and the Hierapolis ruins.
  • How much does the ticket cost?
    Tickets to Pamukkale and Hierapolis cost 60 Lyra per person
  • Is there any special pass for museum entries ?
    All Turkish Museum Passes include admission to Pamukkale as well. The pass costs 375 Lyra, but it is well worth it because it allows you to visit over 300 museums and archaeological sites around Turkey.
  • Where to stay in Pamukkale?
    While most guests prefer to stay in Denizli and take the bus to Pamukkale, we believe that staying at a hotel near the hot springs is preferable. You’ll be able to visit the site before it becomes overrun with tourists.
  • Where to eat near Pamukkale?
    Pamukkale boasts a number of excellent restaurants where you can enjoy some of the best Turkish cuisine . Few well known restaurants are Kayas, Teras, White house.
  • How to reach Pamukkale?
    You can travel from Denizil to Pamukkale via bus or taxi, from Istanbul to Pamukkale via flights
  • How much does taxi costs from Denizil to Pamukkale?
    It costs 50 Lyra for taxi from Denizi which is a 20 minutes ride.
  • Is it safe to travel to Pamukkale?
    Pamukkale is completely safe, but the white stones are very slippery so strolling should be done with caution.
  • What are the other attractions near Pamukkale?
    Pamukkale natural park,Aphrodisias & Laodicea are some of the main attractions

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