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Soothing Baths in Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey

22 Nov , 2012  

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Pamukkale is an amazing display of natural hot water pools  in Denizli Province, south-western Turkey. What you see in the photos below are known as travertines or the terraces that form due to the carbonate minerals that gather up as the flowing water circles.

Pamukkale is actually Turkish for “cotton castle”, a name that we think manages to characterize the true inner “fluffiness” of this place.

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Pamukkale Hot Springs can be visited all year long, but it is absolutely spectacular in the winter time, when natural pools of hot water form and tourists can take long, soothing baths.

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Getting there is possible by taking a plane or a bus to the city of Denizli – Cardak Airport. From here on a bus to Pamukkale is available (20 km). Remember to take a bag for your shoes and bring along some slippers for visiting the travertines. And your bathing suit.

Accommodation will not be an issue, as you will find that the area is highly developed in matters of tourism. In fact it is too developed, although in the winter time you might just get a little privacy.

There is a lot more information in the uploaded video about how these incredible formations were born. Here is a site for getting you started in planning your trip and finding a hotel in Pamukkale.

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5 Responses

  1. ioan says:

    And most people prefer going just to the sea side, stay on the beach all day long, doing nothing…

  2. Hannah says:

    I’m headed here in June and I was wondering if you knew about camping in the area? Or even in Turkey in general, could I do some sneaky urban camping without too heavy of repercussions? Great post, thanks for all the gorgeous photos!

  3. tote says:

    Hannah, unfortunately, we have not been to Pamukkale. yet. But here is where you can start looking for camping accommodation: http://www.campingo.com/turkey-camping.htm and http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g297992-d1482784-Reviews-Ege_Camping-Pamukkale.html.

    Thank you for your nice words!

  4. denizlihotel says:

    This place is amazing. I have been there three times and it still amazes me. There’s nothing like this in other countries, so Pamukkale is quite unique. There is also an ancient city called Hierapolis at the top of Pamukkale, which is also stunning. And 15 minutes from Pamukkale there’s a natural thermal hot spring in Karahayit, which is also nice to see. So If you guys have the opportunity, you should really visit Denizli (town) in Turkey. You will be stunned by the natural beauty of this city.

    A beautiful video of Pamukkale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR6guX5yzHQ&feature=share&list=PLc07RnA7sWckig6moMN0CqXH_0VpZCriP

  5. […] Pumakkale Hot Springs serves as one of the oldest spas in the world. People in the community believe that the hot spring has the ability to heal whoever bathes in it. The heat generated from the hot spring comes from natural heat generated from the earth, inducing a relaxing and invigorating sensation. People can experience a deep connection with nature and one’s self through the hot springs’ good ambiance and uniquely satisfying setting. […]

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