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"Cotton Castle"

Pamukkale Tourism

Pamukkale is located in southwestern Turkey, in the Denizli Province. It is very famous for its travertines (hot water springs) which is a magical site with turquoise pools and snow-white cliffs. It is one of the most photogenic places in the world.

Pamukkale, which means 'cotton castle' in Turkey, is a natural site with carbonate mineral deposits left behind by the flowing water of the hot springs. There are 17 hot springs in the area, known are known for their healing properties. Many believe bathing in these pools cures chronic and nutritional diseases, circulatory problems, eye and skin disorders, etc. Even Cleopatra is believed to have bathed here! A hot air balloon ride is one of the best ways to soak in the breathtaking beauty of the travertine terraces. There are two swimming areas in Pamukkale - the public travertine pools and the Cleopatra's Pool. Also, there is only one portion where you're allowed to walk on the travertines.

Pamukkale is surrounded by gorgeous ruins and historical sites. The most popular is Hierapolis, the ruins of an ancient Greek city located above the travertines. A 12000 seat amphitheatre is the main attraction at Hierapolis along with Cleopatra Pool and a museum. Most people visit Pamukkale on a day trip from Denizli, located around 19km away. The travertines and Hierapolis are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Must Know Before You Travel to Pamukkale

  • There are 3 entrances:
    -Pamukkale town entrance, walkable from the main town. Opens from 8:00 AM
    -North entrance where buses go. Opens from 8:00 AM
    -Southern entrance for cars and taxis. Opens from 6:30 AM
  • Tickets: TL 700 per person for travertines and TL 130 for Cleopatra's Pool. The ticket to Pamukkale includes entry to the hot spring and Hierapolis and is valid for the entire day.
  • Timings: 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Ticket Reservation: It is not possible to book tickets before arrival. You can only buy them at the ticket office at the Pamukkale entrance
  • The Cottle Castle is accessed via the gate near Pamukkale and requires a 30-minute walk to the top
  • There is a shuttle service from the main entrance, at an additional cost
  • Shoes and footwear is not allowed on the travertine cliffs
  • Lockers are available to store belongings while bathing in the pool
  • Pamukkale is crowded at all times, so visit early morning by sunrise. The best time to click pictures is during sunset as the pools directly face the sunset side.
  • It is recommended to stay at a hotel in the town of Pamukkale. These are within walking distance from the travertine terraces, so you can visit early morning.
  • The water flow through the pools is controlled manually to prevent erosion. So, on some days the flow is full while on other days it might be completely dry. The photos you see online are from days with full flow.

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History of Pamukkale

This city located in Turkey has been utilised as a 'spa' since the ancient times. The high content of minerals arose due to shifting of fault in between the Menderis valley.Due to this shift there were certain minerals which were ejaculated from beneath surface. There were certain radio active minerals present too which happen to give this place its white colour.

Nightlife in Pamukkale

This place is known for its excellent production of wine which are now being known by most people across the world. You can easily grab a couple of beers and enjoy belly dance as well as other traditional celebrations organised in this area.

Shopping in Pamukkale

This place is known to be famous for its cotton wares as well as for its stonewares. You would also be interested in buying certain souveniers from this place as they are compartively cheaper than anywhere else in Turkey.

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What is the best time to visit Pamukalle?

Try visiting this place in the month of September due to two reasons. First, because during the other months it can be extremely hot or extremely cold , hence you wonĂȘt be able to enjoy this spot completely. Second, during the months of September numerous festivals are organised which is something you would enjoy.
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What is the local food in Pamukalle?

Turkish people normally consume fried vegetable such as eggplant, potatoes alongwith yogurt and sauce. Some of the famous dishes of this place are Menemen and cilbir. Tomatoes, Sheep Cheese etc, are also consumed here on regular basis.
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What are the places near Pamukalle?

The top places near to Pamukalle are Antalya which is 180 km from Pamukalle, Kas which is located 196 km from Pamukalle, Izmir which is located 181 km from Pamukalle, Istanbul which is located 343 km from Pamukalle, Ankara which is located 393 km from Pamukalle

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