Pamukkale travel guide
Approaching Pamukkale in Turkey, you are reminded initially of a landslide; venture closer and you gaze upon a landscape that invokes a picture of peaceful serenity, with its river valley and white travertine terraces which appear to have been transported out of an Eastern masterpiece. Pamukkale, known also as Cotton Castle, is truly something amazing.
Consulting your city guide to Pamukkale, you will discover that this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best places you could ever visit in your lifetime. There are an amazing array of cultural attractions and things to do, all wrapped up in a wonderfully peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Enjoying the magnificent beauty of Pamukkale is definitely an experience all by itself. Head towards the cliff bath pools for a truly unforgettable time. These baths overlook Pamukkale and are made from calcium. To ensure that the travertines remain white, you will need to take off your shoes to walk on top of them but it is a wonderful sensation to have. There is a gigantic swimming pool natural created by Mother Nature just pass the highest travertine which you can swim in with ancient Roman ruins as its marvellous backdrop. This is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Mediterranean and a trip here will usually include an excursion to the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. Shop around for these tours as each one will include or exclude certain aspects.
For those interested in Biblical history, head for Laodikya. Around 10km outside of town, this was one of the Seven Churches of the Revolutions. As it is considerably well less known than other cultural attractions in the area, such as Ephesus, it has fewer tourists so is much quieter and relaxing. There are some amazing Roman ruins surrounding it with stunning scenery as a backdrop.
Pamukkale has many more cultural and historical attractions that are well worth visiting. Take a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre of Hierapolis, located just pass the travertines; the red spring known as Karahayit, located five minutes outside the town; and do not pass up on the chance to visit the Kaklik Caves. Here, the caves resemble the town of Pamukkale as if it were underground. They are located about 30 minutes away from the town centre.
There are a variety of restaurants in Pamukkale but if you are looking for an authentic taste of the region’s cuisine opt for the smaller family-run restaurants where they use only the freshest ingredients. Definitely ask for ‘borek’, which are Turkish pancakes.
Most tourists opt to stay at one of the hotels in Pamukkale Koyu, which is located at the bottom of the cliffs. The village has retained some of its old and quaint characteristics, but the surge of tourists have allowed it to create discos, shops and restaurants. However, hotels here are pleasant, spacious and very friendly.
Pamukkale is well deserving of its high status in the tourism industry. It’s amazing array of cultural and natural beauty attractions justify their UNESCO World Heritage title and its friendly atmosphere and people make it a place worth visiting at least once.