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Pamukkale


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Thermal pools in cloud-white travertines lead to the ancient city of Hierapolis.

With a name that literally translates to “cotton castle,” Pamukkale is unreal and dramatic, with billowing white structures that look just like its name. But these are not actually cotton. These are thermal pools naturally formed from travertine, and filled with warm turquoise water. One of the most striking sights in western Anatolia, Pamukkale is located not far from the city of Denizil but feels worlds away, existing in its own magical realm of white. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and while most of the natural delicate travertine structures are visible but not accessible, there are still plenty of regulated travertine formations that can be walked upon and waded through barefoot, in any season.
Once you climb to the top of the travertines, you’ll find yourself in the ancient city of Hierapolis, a sprawling well-maintained ruin that is as impressive as the travertines below. With a view out over the landscape and ancient roads and arches and amphitheaters to explore, it's easy to spend as much time on Hierapolis as on Pamukkale’s natural wonders. A day in and around Pamukkale will leave you full of awe. The site is truly unlike any other.

Where to stay in Pamukkale

There's a wide choice of accommodation in Pamukkale but picking the best place can be hard. We've hand-picked the very best options with respect to location and price levels, so you can be sure you'll be staying somewhere that's perfect for you. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Luxury spa hotel in Pamukkale
Luxury spa hotel
A great option if you're looking to relax and feel rejuvenated during your vacation.
Luxury countryside resort in Pamukkale
Luxury countryside resort
An outstanding place to relax, with amazing rooms and great amenities at the guests' disposal.
Stylish resort hotel in Pamukkale
Stylish resort hotel
A 4-star hotel near the famous Pamukkale, offering spacious rooms, thermal pools, and a very good breakfast buffet.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Aphrodisias Full Day Private Tour
Aphrodisias Full Day Private Tour
Hot Air Balloon Group Flight in Pamukkale
Hot Air Balloon Group Flight in Pamukkale
Laodicea, Pamukkale & Hierapolis Ancient City and Agriculture Full Day Private Tour
Laodicea, Pamukkale & Hierapolis Ancient City and Agriculture Full Day Private Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Pamukkale

How long should I stay in Pamukkale?
It is easy to see all of Pamukkale and Hierapolis in one day. If you are already close to the area, Pamukkale can be a day trip. Otherwise, it makes sense to spend at least one night there, to comfortably enjoy the whole area in a restful and easy way.
When is the best time to visit Pamukkale?
Pamukkale can be enjoyed in any season. The travertine pools are warm, so even in the winter, Pamukkale is enjoyable, though you will have to remove your shoes and socks to walk through the site. Summer can get very hot during the day, with the sunlight reflecting off the white rocks, but the water is refreshing. Spring and fall are the most comfortable seasons to visit.
How do I get to Pamukkale?
The closest airport to Pamukkale is Denizli Airport. There are regular shuttles that leave from the airport to Pamukkale, and it is also possible to get a taxi. Long distance buses from major cities and towns around the west of Turkey usually have routes that go to Pamukkale. Common cities combined with a stop or a night in Pamukkale are Antalya, Bodrum, Fethiye, and Izmir, all about a 3 hour drive away.
Is Pamukkale safe?
Like most places in Turkey, Pamukkale is very safe. It is popular with tourists and travelers should be aware of the potential for petty crime, and keep an eye on their belongings in crowded places. For the most part, however, Pamukkale is a safe destination.
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