Pamukkale and its Historic Relevance
A natural site in Turkey’s Denizli Province, Pamukkale is one of the most sought-after places in the country for travellers. The white terraces of travertines with refreshing hot springs discoverable here are a treat to the eyes. Pamukkale, translating to ‘Cotton Fortress’ in Turkish, has been used as a spa by Romans in the olden times. Its modernised ‘Antique Pool’ is used for swimming purpose even today. The ‘Antique Pool’, as per a legend, was a present from Marc Anthony to Cleopatra. All in all, there are 17 hot water springs in this area and their temperature ranges from 35°C to 100°C.
Hierapolis, a nearby holy city and a World Heritage Site, is not to be missed! It was renowned for its sacred hot springs, the vapours of which were linked to the God of the Underworld i.e. Pluto. Hierapolis is mentioned in the Bible as well.
When to visit Pamukkale?
By exploring Pamukkale, lying at a height of 100 metres, you can check out the fascinating travertine formations and colonnaded roads, temples and bath houses. You cannot find all of them together so easily! Spring, falling between February and April, is believed to be the best time for visiting Pamukkale. The average temperature is approximately 20°C and the weather is pleasant. To avoid crowds, try visiting the formations and the ancient site before noon. This is simply because day trippers cover them in afternoons and evenings. During summers, the blinding sun rays and its reflection emerging from the travertines may compel you to wear sunglasses.
Where to stay?
Travellers can pick an accommodation based on their personal needs and demands. There are luxury hotels, as well as mid-priced and budget hotels in Pamukkale and Denizli. Some properties offer on-site thermal pools to further allure potential guests.
Where to eat and drink in Pamukkale?
This 2-minute guide to Pamukkale encourages you to step into the following eating venues: Traverten Pide, Lamuko’s Lokanta and Mehmat’s Heaven. They have enticed travellers since years. Ayran and Raki are the drinks to be tried out here!
How to reach Pamukkale?
Pamukkale is accessible by bus, train, car and plane.
- Nearest airport: Denizli Çardak Airport OR Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.
- Nearest train station: Denizli train station.
- Bus: Pamukkale is well-connected to nearly all cities of Turkey, by bus.
Pamukkale witnesses more than a million tourists annually. Check out the place yourself to truly realise the magnificence it holds.
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