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Pamukkale

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
4hrs 30min by bus from Antalya
When to go
From April to November
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Pamukkale

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

Turkey's emblematic geological site of Pamukkale looks like a giant beehive made of cotton wool and large numbers of tourists find it worth the visit.

My suggestion:
There are lots of restaurants and cafes in Pamukkale village which is just below, although it's not very interesting apart from that.
My review
A geological marvel, the result of the mineral salts contained in the hot water springs, Pamukkale looks a bit like giant, snow covered steps, which have warm warm in their hollows, from where it gets its Turkish name which means cotton castle. The site is a complete marvel which you climb up in bare feet until you reach the top, where you will find the site of Hierapolis.
Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

This wierd, geological formation looks like a mound of snow, but is in fact the result of sedimentary deposits interspersed with sparkling thermal pools.

My suggestion:
Remember to take your swimwear so you can have a soak in the hot, thermal waters at Pamukkake. It's an amazing experience that you'll never forget.
My review
Pamukkale means 'coton castle' in Turkish! Its strange appearance is due to sediment that has been deposited by the surrounding thermal waters. Indeed, the site has no less than 17 'natural' spas! When I arrived in this Turkish town, my jaw dropped at the sight of clear blue water falling from tiered waterfalls into a snow white ground. It was one the most stunning sights that I have ever seen.    
Clemence Zisswiller Seasoned Traveller
33 written opinions

A famous geological site in Turkey, Pamukkale ressembles a "cotton castle", the meaning of its name in Turkish.

My suggestion:
Plan some extra time so that you can visit Hierapolis, upstream of the springs and travertines.
My review

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale is one you should add to your own to-do list while in Turkey. For an acute sensorial experience, take a walk in these hot springs. There are indeed 17 hot water springs depositing calcium carbonate, which eventually hardens into travertine.

A product of nature, Pamukkale is set apart from the mountainous scenery surrounding it. In the sun, the whiteness of the limescale is almost blinding. I love these font-like creations. I discovered this site one October, while living in Turkey, and I believe this is the best time of year to visit it.

Reserve a few hours to wander round Hierapolis. The ancient city was founded in the 2nd century BC by one of the kings of Pergamon. You will discover a large necropolis as well as other ancient buildings. Bring your swimming suit for a dip in the thermal pool, which is always open. Famous for its therapeutic properties, the pool attracts a lot of visitors...

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