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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