I didn’t hear of Pamukkale until friends mentioned the urge to take a trip to the cotton hot springs. Obviously, the description of the springs caught my attention and before you knew it, my friend and I were on our way to Pamukkale. Thank goodness I found out about this place before I left Turkey or I would’ve kicked myself in the face for leaving the country without visiting this natural wonder.

Pamukkale is beautiful and unreal. The thermal waters are, of course, warm and the views from the mountain are amazing. You just can’t leave Turkey without visiting this place.

Pamukkale

For thousands of years, people have bathed in Pamukkale’s warm pools. Its white coating comes from carbonate minerals left by the flowing water so it’s not cold and soft like snow.

Pamukkale 4

Good To Know

How far is Pamukkale from Izmir?

From Izmir, it took about 3.5 hours by bus to Denizli, then a 15-minute minibus from Denizli to Pamukkale. I believe the total cost for transportation was about $30 and that included a bus meal. That is so awesome. Greyhound, how bow dah?

How far is Pamukkale from Istanbul?

By plane, it’s around 1 hour and by bus 11 hours. Take your pick. Whatever mode of transportation your destination is Denizli.

Now questions aside…here is Pamukkale…

Pamukkale 1

Take off your shoes and enjoy the warm waters.

Pamukkale Sky

For the most part, the white sediment is smooth, but if you accidentally do slip and fall or stub your toe don’t assume it will hurt any less than rock.

Pamukkale Waters

Pamukkale waters are renowned for its healing properties. The waters are said to benefit the eyes and skin and even claimed to heal asthma and rheumatism. Does anyone want to prove that?

Feeling like I’m floating at Pamukkale!

Hierapolis

Right next to Pamukkale are the ruins of the ancient city Hierapolis. It was well-known as the healing centre where doctors used the thermal springs as a treatment for their patients.

The city suffered many takeovers by different groups. However, it was a major earthquake that finally toppled the city forcing inhabitants to abandon it in the 14th century.

Hieropolis

The area is pretty extensive with many ruined buildings.

Wish I Had More Time

Unfortunately, my friend and I did not have enough time to explore everything, but if you get the chance, here is a short-list of places to visit while on the Pamukkale-Hierapolis complex.

1. Kaklik Cave – Best-known as the underground Pamukkale, the white sediment can be seen here, too plus rimstone pools and waterfalls. Oooh la la.

2. Cleopatra Pool AKA Antique Pool – Supposedly a gift to Cleopatra, the geothermal pool is warm all year long. It is called “antique” due to the broken columns resting on the pool’s floor. In the 7th-century, an earthquake collapsed the nearby structures causing marble columns to fall in, hence the name. So visit the Cleopatra Pool and dip in for a warm swim with history.

3. Roman Amphitheatre Of Hierapolis – I think this might be a little bigger than the one in Ephesus. Regardless, it is another beautiful amphitheater and a building I regret not visiting.

Have fun at Pamukkale!

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