Pamukkale, Turkey

Sorry that there has been a bit of a break between this post and the last – I’ve just completed my uni exams for this semester (post-grad law – not recommended if you want to have some semblance of a life) and now finally have some free time to continue with these posts!

So my next stop was Pamukkale – located in the Denizli region in central western Turkey, made famous for it medicinal mineral springs and travertine formations, which are made from the carbonate deposits of the flowing water (as much as it looks like snow, it is not). Pamukkale actually means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish, and when you see the travertines, you’ll understand why the site bares that name. Although they are far from soft.

The old Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis, on of many old city ruins found in Turkey, is also located on the site and a must see for all those ancient history lovers.

Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s major tourist attractions, and does attract many many tourists. I visited in the shoulder season (late September) so I can’t imagine what it must be like in the peak of summer. The ancient city of Hierapolis was virtually empty of tourists, but the travertines were overflowing almost with more tourists than water. So there isn’t much of a chance to spend the day relaxing in the mineral springs, although it still is an amazing place to visit.

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