Things To Do In Pamukkale, Turkey

Narrowing down the selection of vacation destination is not always easy although there are some countries that should definitely be visited at least once for the attractions they offer. Turkey for instance, should be on top of your list because of the charming and lively atmosphere that it boasts of. A unique destination in the country is Pamukkale and there are some great things to do on a visit to this amazing place.

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Walk the Travertine Terraces

Pamukkale is a natural wonder that was created by the hot springs in the area. These create a mixture of water and calcium carbonate that has flowed down the side of a hill over thousands of years. As the water cools, the calcium carbonate is deposited to create a series of brilliant white travertine terraces and pools that cover an entire hillside. The area is now listed as a World Heritage site and visitors can walk a pathway through the terraces to take in the amazing scene. It is possible to walk from bottom to top, or take a bus to the top of the hill and walk back down.

Relax in the Waters

The hot water pools of Pamukkale have been used as a natural spa for thousands of years and it is still possible to do this. While many of the pools are now off-limits as a way of protecting the site, there are still some available for visitors to bathe in. This is a way to enjoy a natural outdoor spa experience and enjoy beautiful scenery. Anyone that wants to do this should take along a swim suit.

Visit an Ancient City

The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis stand at the top of the terraces and it is possible take a tour of these. Some of the highlights to see are the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Frontinus Gate, and an impressive amphitheater. There is also a museum on the site, which displays much of the history of the city. Pamukk ale is located in the Denizli Province of Turkey and is one of the natural wonders of the world. Anyone thinking about a holiday in the country should definitely consider spending some time at this beautiful destination. The best things to do while there are shown above and these will provide anyone that visits with a relaxing and enjoyable time.

Would you add Pamukkale to your bucket list?


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34 thoughts on “Things To Do In Pamukkale, Turkey”

  1. I was just reading a book about Turkey. I really want to go to Istanbul for starters and then see where we go from there. Perhaps Pamukkale.

  2. Mike | Earthdrifter

    All I hear is great things about Turkey, the crossroads from Europe to Asia, kind of located in the center of the world, gotta get there one of these days.

  3. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    Wow! What a great list of things to see and do!! I would definitely love to check out the Travertine Terraces!

  4. Nichelle @ Airline Miles Experts

    It’s amazing that hot pools emerge from those snowy white plains. This is such a fantastic place to visit. Never heard of Pamukkale before, but this place looks interesting.

  5. Tim | UrbanDuniya

    I’ve always wanted to go there, but every time I go to Istanbul it’s only for a short visit (transit stop, or most recently for a friend’s wedding). Next time, I promise! :D

  6. We are planning a trip to Turkey next July. Will definitely be putting this on the list of places to see now.

  7. Pammukkale is indeed the stuff that dreams are made of. The blue waters seamlessly merge with the white shores to create a mesmerizing effect. Your pictures are stunning and have lovingly captured the beauty of the place. Apart from the natural charm of the place what fascinates is the history of the region and the fact that the place was a Spa city even in ancient times.
    These pools look incredible, as do the Cleopatra ones. I’d definitely be staying the night to watch the sunset too, bet it’s magical!

  8. your pictures are amazing in any case. I have never visited this area, it all looks so surreal, the caves are gorgeous.

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