Pamukkale, a popular tourist destination in Turkey

Pamukkale is a beautiful site of natural limestone travertine terraces.


For thousands of years a deep underground spring has been pouring out streams of hot, mineral-saturated water. As it has flowed down the mountainside the streaming water has hollowed enormous circular basins in the earth, and the water’s rich mineral content has coated them in a smooth layer of dazzlingly-white-calcareous rock. To the ancients such beauty could only mean that the place was sacred to the gods. Built near the natural hot springs, the grand city of Hierapolis attracted a steady stream of pilgrims, who came to bathe in the curative waters.

The water is 42-56 degrees Celsius, the pH is 5.98, similar to Pamukkale, but the water has more iron content.


The ruins of a roman city built on top of Pamukkale. Hierapolis has an impressive theatre, necropolis and more.

Where to stay

Pamukkale town has several hotels that can make a good overnight stay between Ephesus and the Mediterranean coastal town of Kas, Fethiye or Antalya. More hotels are found in Karahayit, 5 kms north of Pamukkale.

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