Pamukkale Travel Guide

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    Sunset, Pamukkale
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Pamukkale Highlights

  • Pro
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    Greatwalk0 says…

     Two interesting sites; good excuse to escape from Istanbul 

  • Con
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    Yank_o says…

     Pity that the real "water balconies" are now dry 

  • In a nutshell
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     Go there asap when the 'calcium' is still white! 

Pamukkale Things to Do

  • Busy Place

    This is both a tourist destination and a place of supposed healing, so there are lots of people. Everyone is quite pleasant, though there is an interesting mix of more -and less- reserved dress styles. As always, I recommend dressing in a style that fits the host country, and in Turkey I'd usually say that's arms and legs covered. I know Turkey is...

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  • The Pools

    It is a beautiful sight from distance (smaller than expected), the white mountain with the water running slowly downwards. It is still pretty when you approach. But don't be mistaken by the usual photos of people in the water: It's not a bathing area. The crowds follow the course of the water, here and there put their feet in a small natural pool,...

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  • Antic thermal pool

    For sure bath in the antic thermal warm pools within Hierapolis ruins like the ancient Romans used to do.( extra 10-12 usd)

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  • PAMUKKALE

    Limestone terraces and pools tumble down the southern cliffs from the ancient city above. Warm spring water (35 C/102 F) containing calcium bicarbonate has been working to form the terraces for some 14,000 years. Limestone is left behind as the water loses its carbon dioxide. The whitish deposits are responsible for the Turkish name for the...

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  • THEATER

    The theater sits above the Temple of Apollo and dates to the 2nd C AD and it replaced an earlier and smaller theater that had been destroyed in earthquakes. Further restoration in the 3rd C gave the theater a capacity for some 20,000 people. Many reliefs represent the Emperor Septimus Severus who was the emperor of the day. Additional renovations...

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  • PLUTONIUM

    The Plutonium is a former shrine to Pluto the God of the Underworld. It was a part of a larger temple complex devoted to Apollo. It was here that Apollo met – legend says – with Cybele, the Anatolian mother godess. The Plutonium was described by the Geographer Strabo: “The Plutonium was a man-high, very deep opening under a gently sloping hill …...

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Pamukkale Hotels

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Pamukkale Restaurants

  • Great Asian Food at Lamuko's

    Lamuko's Lokanta has the best Japanese and Korean food in Pamukkale, there was a wide range of food from Japan and Korea. On the first day I tried the fried rice with chicken, which was spicy and delicious. Lamuko's is next to the Pamukkale Bus Company office, so has a very good location. All kinds of Japanese and Korean food are served, just ask...

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  • Great food in central Pamukkale

    Kayas Restaurant is located in the centre of Pamukkale village, and consists of outside garden tables set under leafy and shady trees. This created a calm atmosphere. The menu was mostly Turkish cuisine, but also Korean and Japanese food was available. The food was of good quality and arrived quickly. My beer went down quickly, too! I had the...

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  • Traditional Turkish food

    Kocak Hotel has 2 Restaurants Indoor cap: 200, Outdoor cap: 500, Breakfast Hall (total cap: 500), Lobby Bar, Pool Bar, Terrace Bar, Cuisines.

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Pamukkale Nightlife

  • Belly Dance

    The highlight of my night walk around Pamukkale came when I saw a Belly Dancer! She made her breath-taking dance and I admired it for several minutes taking a video.You can watch my 1 min 19 sec Video clip Pamukkale Belle dance .

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  • Cotton Castle by night

    I went for a walk late evening to watch travertine by night. Unfortunately lightening was rather poor, but I enjoyed a concert of frogs which were happy when the dark came and all the tourists (except me, haha!) went away. I’ve taken a video to give you opportunity to enjoy this concert with me.You can watch my 2 min 09 sec Video clip Pamukkale...

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  • The pools at night

    At night the Pamukkale pools get lightened and is a very nice view from the village. You can also go there to visit them at night, when there's hardly none...

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Pamukkale Transportation

  • bus to Pamukkale

    There are busses to Pamukkale from all over Turkey.I took photo of a bus schedule during our visit in July 2009

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  • how to go to Pamukkale

    Pamukkale is a little province in the state of DENIZLI.Denizli is situated on the southwest of Turkiye and its 222 km to Antalya 224 km to Izmir477 km to Ankara and 649 km to istanbul there is many bus company which organize travel to Denizli one of the well known bus company have the name of the place Pamukkale Turizm have 5 bus services from...

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  • How to get to Pamukkale

    Pamukkale is located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley.You can get to Pamukkale by train from Istanbul (1 time a day, 14 hours in a way). You can also get there by bus from Antalya (14 times a day, 5,5 hours in a way), Konya (2 times a day, 7,5 hours in a way), Izmir (2 times a day, 3 hours in a way).We came to Pamukkale...

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Pamukkale Shopping

  • Winery and Turkish delights shop

    We visited a wine shop which sells wines out of Pamukkale Winery which has been processing Anatolia's best grapes. We tasted fine local dry red wine from Pamukkale, made from Kalecik Karasi grapes grown in south Denizli region.Turkish Delight, lokum, or loukoum is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater and...

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  • Onyx Souvenir shop

    Buy a good souvenir in Tezcan Onyx shop after taking an excursion to the onyx workshop.You can watch my 1 min 44 sec Video clip Pamukkale Onyx Souvenir Shop with Athena – I’st – Turkish pop music.

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  • Textile in Denizli area

    We have been taken to a textile shopping center for buying towel, bathrobe and other textile products.The Pamukkale/Denizli area is famous for its cotton and the home wares. Many of the other souvenirs and traditional Turkish wares that you can find in other parts of Turkey are cheaper around Denizli/Pamukkale because they are produced there.Many...

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Pamukkale Local Customs

  • WATERS OF PAMUKKALE

    The pools are not unlike those one finds at Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone National Park in the USA, but here, there is a long history of people walking amongst the pools. Until recently even roads went up through the terraces. You can still walk along one section of the terraces with bare feet and sit in a few of the terrace pools. The waters were...

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  • Tezcan Onyx Workshop

    We were brought by our guide to an Onyx workshop with an excursion which was very interesting. Business Type : WholesalerMain Products : onyxNumber of Employees : 50-100Annual Revenue (USD) : 100,000 - 1,000,000Target Market : IndiaYou can watch my 2 min 43 sec Video clip Pamukkale Onyx Workshop with Emre Altus – Gel Gel – Turkish pop music.

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  • Dawn over Hierapolis

    As always I collect scenes of sunrises and sunsets wherever I happen to watch these nature miracles. Every sunrise and sunset is unique and I've never been tired watching them in reality and virtually on my videos. Here in Pamukkale I was happy to see a dawn over ancient Hierapolis.You can watch my 1 min 46 sec Video clip Pamukkale Dawn over...

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Pamukkale Warnings and Dangers

  • Finding your Hotel at 6am!

    I took the overnight bus to Pamukkale and arrived around 6am. As it was a short walk to our hotel, my wife and I started out through town toward our hotel. Once we turned the corner from the bus station, two happy looking dogs came bounding towards us. Then they started barking. Then their friends - 6 other dogs - came in and started barking....

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  • Overnight Bus Drop Off

    If you are coming on the overnight bus from Istanbul you may well be dropped off at the ticket office for the Kamil Koc bus company. At 6 am, they may try to tell you that they are the only bus company in the town, but don't believe them! I purchased my bus ticket to Selcuk from them and ended up on minibus that took an extra hour to make the trip....

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  • Forbidden walk with shoes

    Pamukkale went unprotected for decades in the late 20th century and people walked around with shoes, washed themselves with soap and shampoo in the pools and rode bikes and motorbikes up and down the slopes. The site was losing its attraction. Hot water from the springs was taken to fill the hotel pools and the waste water was spilled over the...

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Pamukkale Tourist Traps

  • Mustafa hotel/hostel, beware!

    This place is located here:Kale Mahallesi Ataturk caddesi no 20, PamukkaleThis is not a hotel, more like a hostel. I will tell you my experience, there are many tourist traps in Turkey, hostels are one of them. First, know that it's a, "You got my back, I got yours", mentality in Turkey, and all to screw the customer. At most, if you don't mind...

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  • new turkish liras

    Since 01/01/2006 the the new turkish lira (YTL) is being used and the old turkish lira is no longer valid. So while you are shopping, keep that in mind. 6 zeros (000000) were deleted from the new notes. so 1.000.000 TL is now 1 YTL. (5.000.000 TL - 5 YTL / 10.000.000 - 10 YTL, etc...) So while you are shopping, when you get the change, make sure...

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  • Most springs in are not for bathing

    A lot of people go to Pamukale to see the white mountains and their springs. And most of you want to take a bath in one of them. Although you could do that in the past, you can't do it anymore. You cal only take a bath in a few springs at the beginning. So if you're looking for a spa, don't go to the mountains.

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Pamukkale What to Pack

  • Pamukkale (Hierapolis) packing list

    It's better not to carry anything, eventually just a small bag, as as to be free to walk. In Pamukkale there is quite hot and the sun is burning during the day in summer time.Unless you have the shoulders covered, it's better to use a protection cream and wear a hat and sunglasses. Don't forget the camera and, in case it's not digital, don't...

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  • Climate in Hierapolis & Pamukkale area

    Rainy Season is from October to April – it hardly rains in summerAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 16 – 26°C ( 60 - 78°F ); min: 5 - 13°C ( 41 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 32 – 35°C ( 90 - 95°F ); min: 18 - 22°C ( 64 - 71°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 18 – 30°C ( 64 - 86°F); min: 8 - 16°C ( 47 – 60°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 12 – 13°C ( 52...

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  • Pamukkale Hotels

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Pamukkale Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk from Karahayit to Pamukkale

    Between Pamukkale and Karahayit countryside is all open & tranquil. No heavy traffic or dense neighbourhoods.I chose to walk the 8 kms, enabling me to survey the terrain. You pass some valleys, the roads fork out, heading into different regions.From the elevation (Karahayit end, past Hierapolis' North Gate) you figure out your orientation as you...

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  • Kaklik Cave

    This magnificent cave located thirty kilometers east of the city of Denizli south to Haydarbaba Türbe and 3 kilometers away. Kaklik Cave was created by an underground stream eating away the limestone and sulphurous rock of the region. It seems strange that a cave should be situated not on the nearby Mount Malý, which rises to 1277 metres and is...

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  • Ancient Water pipe

    I was amused by ancient stone water pipes here in Hierapolis. Never saw such things before.You may watch my high resolution photo of Hierapolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37° 55' 30.72" N 29° 7' 34.14" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Ancient Water pipe.

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Pamukkale Favorites

  • Photo"s

    At the bottom of the "Cotton Castle " on the edge of the road, is a nice pond, with some Ducks. Its in Town, to the left of the Entrance. Its a nice spot to get a good reflection photo of the Terraces, and yourself sitting in the front. There is a seat there for you to sit on.

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  • Pamukkale general background

    Pamukkale means "cotton castle" in Turkish. It is a natural site and attraction in south-western Turkey. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2700 meters long and 160m high.The tectonic movements that took place in the fault depression of the Menderes river basin triggered frequent...

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  • Hierapolis Modern history

    Hierapolis was first excavated by the German archaeologist Carl Humann (1839-1896) during the months June to July 1887. His excavation notes were published in his book "Altertümer von Hierapolis" in 1889. His excavations were rather general and included a number of drilling holes. He would gain fame for his discovery in Pergamon of the Pergamon...

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NYMPHAEUM AT APOLLO TEMPLE
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MARTYRIUM OF PHILIP
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COLONNADED STREET
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NORTH GATE
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NECROPOLIS
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Aphrodisias Day Trip
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Ruins of Hierapolis
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historical sacred old city Hierapolis
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ancient and modern ruins,side by side!
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Go later in the day if you can
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Climb up to see what the fuss is about!
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Views from above :)
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Check out the ancient amphitheatre
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Antique Thermal Pool
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Hierapolis
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The Travertines
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Ancient Theater
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Natural thermal springs
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Hierapolis Archaeology Museum
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Salda Lake
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Belly dancing show
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THEATRE at HIERAPOLIS
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NECROPOLIS at HIERAPOLIS
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Walking the Travertines
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TRAVERTINES
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How to visit the Cotton Castle
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Sunrise in Pamukkale
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Sunset near Pamukkale
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Mosque
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Pamukkale Thermal
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Travertine
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Necropolis or "Ancient Cemetery”
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St. Philippe's Martyrium
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Ancient Theater
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Temple of Apollo and Plutonium
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Northern Baths
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Ancient Pool of Cleopatra
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Christian Church
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Colonnaded Street
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Byzantine Gate
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