“We could go on and on about every detail…”
At Pamukkale, you'll experience a 'marvel of nature' and a Roman City, side-by-side.
This exotic destination appears in almost every list of places to be seen before you die and visited by almost two million each year. This is a place where nature assumed the role of artist and created majestic beauty. The white travertine cascades resembling frozen waterfalls and terraces of shallow pools were created by the waters of thermal springs reacting with the air. Its allure was first noticed by the Romans. The magnificent ancient city of Hierapolis was established near the travertine by the Romans. Those unique travertine and the ancient ruins were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The travertines have been formed over millennia by the precipitation of calcium at the mouth of the hot springs, causing sediment to form. White travertines are the purest form of travertine in the world, meaning that the minerals you’ll find in the hot springs of Pamukkale are uncontaminated by anything else, truly purifying your body in the way that few other places on Earth can claim.
Pamukkale would enchant visitors at first sight. Under the spell of travertine, the Pergamon Kingdom established Hierapolis close to 2,000 years ago. Then, like now, the area served as a thermal health center and visitors from various parts of Anatolia flocked to the city to receive a balneal treatment in search of health or beauty. Today, those who seek beauty or health still dip in the thermal pools. You may also enjoy swimming the timeless pools as your ancestors did, and enjoy the majestic sight of the travertine. The natural beauty created over thousands of years is so fragile that only certain areas are open to paddling or dipping today. Those seeking a cure, should arrange a longer stay at Pamukkale to enjoy balneal treatments, mud baths, and massages in thermal spa resorts around the travertine city of antiquity.
Under cloudless skies, Pamukkale boasts a magnificent spectacle at sunset when the beautiful hues of the setting sun blend with the shining travertine.
Unquestionably, a worthwhile stop in your journey between Cappadocia and the Aegean coastal cities of Kuşadası and Izmir, the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus.