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Pamukkale Travel Guide

April 4, 2020 by VacStay Vacation Rentals

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Pamukkale Travel Guide

Pamukkale is a hot spring with calcium-coated cliffs and pools in inland southeastern Aegean Turkey. Pamukkale is a town in western Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside. It neighbors Hierapolis, an ancient Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. Ruins there include a well-preserved theater and a necropolis with sarcophagi that stretch for 2km. The Antique Pool is famous for its submerged Roman columns, the result of an earthquake.

Pamukkale, which has been used as a spa since the second century BC, literally means “cotton castle” in Turkish.

The travertine features have their origins in the shifting of a fault in the valley of the Menderes river (between here and Denizli). As the fault shifted, very hot springs with a very high mineral content (notably chalk) arose at this location. Apart from the slightly radioactive minerals, the calcium and hydrogen carbonate react to create calcium carbonate (also known as travertine) and limestone. This is what gives Pamukkale its whiteness and created the pools.

It can get quite hot in summer, a hat and especially sunglasses will certainly be very helpful against the sun and the reflecting sun rays from the chalky cascades. On the other hand, the cold winter climate could make the experience slightly uncomfortable. Climbing up the cascades barefoot, with cold water running downstream, will be a tough task.

When to visit Pamukkale

Peak season is Apr–Oct, when the weather is warm and dry, though temperatures can soar Jul–Aug. Winters (Nov–Feb) are mild and often rainy. Local events include the International Pamukkale Music & Culture Festival (Sep).

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