One of the magnificent natural landmarks in Turkey is Pamukkale. The area with its mineral springs and cotton-white travertines and the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.
Pamukkale is located in the Aegean region, 30 km north of the town of Denizli. Water jets coming from the ancient city of Hierapolis, rich in mineral salts, create bizarre, petrified, dazzling white cascades due to calcium carbonate. Water jets have carved the terraces and formed warm water pools in the depressions.
Most have a dazzling white color, but unfortunately environmental pollution affects the freshness of colors. Of course, you should also be prepared for the crowds of tourists and the short time you have if you book a trip to Pammukkale. Personally, we recommend that you rent a car and visit the place without a guide to inherit the moments and breathe in the history and legends of the place.
Nearby are the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. It was founded in the 2nd century BC.
If you arrive in Pamukkale, be sure to stop in Denizli to buy the beautiful hand-woven rugs and try the local delicacies.
Here you can also visit the Roman Theater: built in the second century, the theater is in surprisingly good condition, and the 46 rows of seats with nearly 7,000 seats are still used for the International Music Festival in June.
And I leave the best part for last Cleopatra’s pool
is fed by the same mineral springs as Pammukkale. You will have the opportunity to swim in the same waters in which Cleopatra, Pharaoh of Egypt, swam. Unlike the lower basins of Pammukkale, the water of the ancient pool, loved by Cleopatra, is crystal clear and slightly carbonated.
For me personally, this was the most beautiful part of Pamukkale, swimming in a pool and seeing the ruins of a building standing there hundreds of years ago was a unique experience.
The only thing I recommend for your visit there is to go as early as you can. Enjoy fabulous moments!