Pamukkale & Hieropolis

The white fairytale baths and hot springs of the World Heritage Site Pamukale are one of the most famous tourists attractions in Turkey. Even if you’ve never been there you might have seen the beautiful pictures of the many white terraces made of travertine.

And I can assure you that when you go there it is even much more beautiful and surreal than you could ever have imagined. But if you think it is all about these thermal baths (as I did…) you’re wrong! On top of the hill the Greco-Roman city Hieropolis was build. Entering the site form the Western gate you can start your walk from the top of the hill, wandering through the remains of the ancient city and walk down towards the many mineral baths.

People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. As recently as the mid-20th century, hotels were built over the ruins of Hierapolis, causing considerable damage. Nowadays only a few of the baths are open for tourists. But, believe me, it’s worth while visiting.

‘Pamuk’ means ‘cotton’ in Turkish and ‘Pamukkale’ ‘cotton castle’. This big white mountain in Denizel can be seen from far. We visited Pamukkale during our vacation in Kusadasi. From there it’s a 3-4 hours drive. We decided to stay overnight, but of course you can make it a daytrip only. We went by car, but there are also many organized daytrips by bus. Just do it and go there, you will not regret! Enjoy!