Pamukkale (Cotton Castle)
Pamukkale, 18 Km from Denizli is Turkey’s popular tourist attraction and an inspiring Nature Park with its cotton-look terraces. An abundance of underground water that gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis once, has gradually carved superb cotton castles by depositing calcium salts at this place over the years.
Water with healing powers in Pamukkale
Local and international tourists visit Pamukkale not only for its natural setting and ancient history, but also for the healing properties of its waters. Over the years the mineral rich waters of Pamekkale are known to have cured many diseases, and this has been proved scientifically too. The waters of Pamekkale attract thousands of visitors and the local hotels cater to their needs all the year round.
An UNESCO World Heritage Site
The natural wonder and the scenic setting of Pamukkale are second to none. The snow white stalactites and the hot water springs are often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Pamukkale and Hierapolis have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1988. To maintain the pristine white color of the travertine and avoid any damage to them, it has been allowed to walk only on certain areas since 1997. The local authorities have made essential facilities to safeguard this natural wonder and yet allow tourist to enjoy this place. Visitors are now allowed to walk over the travertine, but only on their barefoot.
Pamukkale (Hierapolis in the Ancient World)
The history of the ancient city of Hierapolis is impressive as well. The Romans had built this ancient spa city to facilitate visitors reap benefits of the healing powers of mineral rich hot springs. Swimming in the hot spring pool (Cleopatra Pool) can be quite relaxing. There are separate cabins to change your dress and safe-boxes to keep your precious belongings.
How has the calcium terraces formed in Pamukkale?
Deep inside the earth beneath this place lie vast sources of water heated by some volcanic lava. The calcium rich waters get heated, and bursts open to run down the hillsides. Upon cooling, the calcium precipitates and sticks beneath as a hard sediment. This frozen white calcium form cascades and this has been happening here since the last 14.000 years according to scholars.
Our Tour Services to Pamukkale
We arrange regular tours from Marmaris to Pamukkale, the one way journey is around 3 hours. While our well-kept air-conditioned vehicles ply over the express highways, you can enjoy the comfortable journey along with the scenic beauty of countryside Turkey. Our tour guides help you learn more on anything that might be interesting to you. We take care of all the entrance fees, food and insurance through the tour.