Pamukkale Travel Guide

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Otherwise known as the Cotton Castle, Pamukkale is one of the oldest hot springs known to man, and has been in use since at least the second century BC as a spa for residents and travelers from all over the world. The entire city sits upon natural hot springs in southwestern Turkey, built up around a series of travertine terraces and hot springs. Everything is built around the ancient city of Hierapolis, which can still be seen from distances of up to 20 km away, and while there was a period of time when the city suffered some significant damage due to over-development, ever since it became recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1988 along with the ancient city itself things have only gotten better in terms of preservation.

From the ancient Roman theater to the petrified waterfalls and travertine terraces to the ancient ruins of Hierapolis as they still stand, Pamukkale is a place of relaxation and wonder in Turkey. Nestled in the River Menderes Valley in the Inner Aegean region of the country, Pamukkale is surrounded by rolling hills and rugged interior, offering travelers much more than just a spa trip. In addition, there are a variety of other sites within easy distance of Pamukkale, such as the Kaklik caves or the city of Laodikya, which holds some specific interest to the Christian world as the location of one of the seven churches of the Revelations as mentioned in the Bible. In addition, the ancient city of Aphrodisias is a short van ride away.

Whether you choose to explore the ancient wonders of the surrounding countryside or simply relax in the hot springs over the course of your trip, Pamukkale is one of the best places in Turkey to come for a completely relaxing vacation, and it is accessible to all levels of travelers.

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