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OFF TO PAMUKKALE

PAMUKKALE, TURKEY (NOV 2015)

I have spent a good amount of time in Cappadocia yet there are still so much to see but it’s time to say goodbye and head to my next destination: Pamukkale, which is another unique destination in Turkey that travelers shouldn’t miss. On my last day, I bought my one-way bus ticket at the Goreme bus station in morning and left that evening.

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Bus station in Goreme

The bus arrived at Denizli the next day then we were transferred to a van that took us to Pamukkale town. Then I walked to Bellamaritimo Hotel (highly recommended, comfortable bed, great service, great breakfast!), which thankfully allowed me to check-in early.

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Pamukkale is a double treat to its visitors. Not only you will see the visually stunning landscape made up of white travertine terraces with hot springs, but also you will get to visit the Roman ruins of Hierapolis. There is no need to get a tour. Just enjoy a full day of enjoying the pools and the ruins on your own.

Travertine Pools

This is the main attraction of Pamukkale and it’s not hard to see why. They say that the town was named Pamukkale, which means “cotton castles”, because of the white, cottony appearance of the travertine terraces. But I must mention, that the ground is no way as soft as cotton. 😛 Before you enter the site, you will be asked by the guards to remove your footwear and carry them with you as you climb barefoot up the terraces, this is to protect the white appearance of the travertines but oh, the ground is so hard for the feet (or at least for mine). By the way, people can swim in the natural hot springs for the full experience.

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Note that footwear is not allowed to preserve the white appearance of the travertines.
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Not snow but calcium!

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These are hard

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Flowing hot spring water
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The most awaited sunset

Hierapolis

After climbing the travertine terraces, you will see the ruins of Hierapolis, a museum, and the antique pool. My favorite part of the site is the beautiful, well-preserved Roman theatre.

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The Hierapolis antique pool.
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The antique pool is said to have health benefits if you bathe regularly in it.

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