Pamukkale comes from the Turkish description meaning “cotton castle”. It is a natural wonder located in Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey, known for its thermal pools.
This god given miracle of Earth is created from numerous terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water with hot springs flowing through them. It’s a site to be enjoyed through the whole year due to the mild climate of the region.
From historical aspect an ancient Greek-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis was built on top of Pamukkale an area of 2,700 meters (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high.
The thermal waters of the Pamukkale springs follow a 320 m long channel cascading through the carbonate terraces, which are approximately 60-70 meters long. The temperature of the thermal water is 35.6 C, making it a desired natural thermal springs site. It’s not always allowed to enter the cascading pools. Turkey takes measures to protect this amazing natural heritage. But, in case you are allowed to walk in, you must do it barefoot.
Within the Pamukkale-Hierapolis complex is Cleopatra’s Pool and there is a quite interesting legend about it. Cleopatra’s pool was a gift from Marc Anthony to Cleopatra. In the 7th Century an earthquake crushed the surrounding building structures and the massive marble columns tumbled into the pool. Even after the devastating effects of the earthquake the bottom of the pool remained in good condition. It is used as a tourist attraction till this day.
We highly recommend visiting Pamukkale thermal pools in Turkey. It’s one of the last remaining natural miracles of the Mother Earth. Did we mentione that the calcium enriched water will do wonders for your health?!
In order to get there you should arrange a plane or a bus to the city of Denizli – Cardak Airport. From there you can catch a bus to Pamukkale – distance of only 20 km. But, please be advised to carry a bag for your shoes and bring along some slippers for visiting the pools.