What to expect at Turkey’s Cotton Castle – Pamukkale?

Many of you may have seen Pamukkale on the internet or your Facebook’s feed, but you may not know that this is actually in Turkey.

Pamukkale meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish

One of Turkey’s top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey.

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Tourists and locals visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis frequently not only for its extraordinary look and its ancient history but also for wellness. Scientifically proven to cure many diseases, the waters attract people and there are many thermal hotels in the area that serve 12 months a year.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis together are both recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1988.

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Everyone visit Pamukkale in hope to see something like this photo which we have seen it over the internet, but the reality is that…the travertines here are quite dried.

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To keep the travertine white and to prevent crush and damage on them, in 1997 it was forbidden to walk on them and the water is allowed to reach the terraces periodically according to weekly watering schedule. But it is possible to walk on the south part of the travertine with naked foot.

It’s still a very nice landscape but since the water flow is being controlled, we can’t really see the ‘Real Pamukkale’ like those pictures we’ve seen on the internet because it’s pretty dry.

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But of course there is still water flowing on the some part of the travertine and tourist will be able to access and put your feet into the pool.

WARNING: Just be extra careful because the travertine is really slippery and no shoes allowed.

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You might think that the water is some kind of mineral hot spring but in fact, it’s so chill and cold or maybe because it’s winter? Visiting in mid of November thinking that it’s winter, just put the conception aside, it’s really hot up there!!

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Other than Pamukkale, you will be visiting the Hierapolis while you’re on the way to the Travertine, do a bit of detour and get to see the really nice Hierapolis theatre, just a little walk up the hill.

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What to bring/wear for Pamukkale?

  1. Shorts! **For those who visit in Winter time.
  2. A plastic bag or bag to keep your shoes.
  3. A small piece of cloth if possible.

Just bare in mind there is toilet but it’s very limited so if you can just go well-prepared.

Pamukkale Natural Park

Pamukkale Natural Park has opened in 2011 and it has become one of the top attractions for visitors quickly.

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While you’re on top of the hill while strolling through the travertine, you will definitely spot this beautiful park at the bottom. Most tour don’t bring you there but if you have time, just walk to the park as it’s FREE and there is a small cafe beside the park with pedal boats as well.

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10 thoughts on “What to expect at Turkey’s Cotton Castle – Pamukkale?

  1. omg!! suddenly scroll until this page ^^ this place are awesome and make me want to comment at here ! haha..Is it cheap to backpack at Turkey? *The last picture are so funny la~

  2. never heard of this place actually so nothing came cross my mind to even google it. but it’s sad to see the internet illustration and the reality picture you’ve snap. such a big different though it still look beautiful. knowing the fact that it’s drying up is pretty saddening

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