A visit to the UNESCO protected Pamukkale and the nearby Roman ruins of the spa city of Hierapolis are a must whilst in Turkey. The combination of nature at its most beautiful and an area steeped in history are a sight not to be missed. The name Pamukkale translates to “Cotton palace” and magnificently describes the calcite-laden waterfalls and terraced basins of the area. The nearby thermal spa city of Hierapolis was established at the end of the 2nd Century B.C and thrived throughout the Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods, the ruins of which are visible and can be visited. Located in the Denizli province the journey time to Pamukkale is approximately 4 hours by coach from Marmaris. The tour is child-friendly yet may not be suitable for very young children due to the historical elements of the day.
Pamukkale and Hierapolis
Pamukkale (Cotton Castle)
Pamukkale sits on a cliffside almost 200 meters high and overlooks the plains of Cürüksu in South-West Turkey. Calcite-laden thermal springs originating from the cliff have created a series of waterfalls and dazzling white terraced basins. The terraces have formed a semi-circular step-like formation, ranging from less than 1 meter in height to over 6 meters, and contain pools filled with warm 35°C water. The natural setting and therapeutic nature of the water provides the setting which attracted the original construction of the nearby Roman city of Hierapolis.
Hierapolis flourished and remains of the once vibrant city can be seen including the baths, temple ruins, a monumental arch, a nymphaeum, a cathedral, several churches, a necropolis, and a theatre. Excavation work continues and the site is managed to ensure it is preserved despite the thousands of visiting tourists from around the world each year that come to view the historical and natural wonders of the area. The tour includes a visit to Pamukkale and the opportunity to bathe in the thermal springs (local charge applies) and a tour of the city of Hierapolis. Transport and breakfast and lunch are included. An official guide will also accompany the group for the duration of the tour.
DO NOT FORGET TO BRING:
Sunglasses – Camera – Sun cream – Swimwear / change of clothes – Towel – Comfortable shoes – Entertainment for the coach e.g. Tablet computer, book. If you want to have more information about Pamukkale, please check out the link below.