Truly spectacular is the natural beauty of the white travertine terraces and warm, limpid pools formed by carbonate mineral deposits left behind by flowing water.
Pamukkale is a tiny town in Denizli province, in southwestern Turkey with over 2 million visitors per year and is Turkey’s most single visited attraction.
Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish, is also a natural site widely known for its 17 hot springs and mineral-rich thermal waters that flows all the way down white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside at a temperature that ranges from 35°C to 100°C. The Turkish call it the cotton castle due to the resemblances that these white terraces have with the cotton plantations that are cultivated in central Turkey
It is also the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, an ancient Roman spa city with its many artifacts, statues, 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.The Sacred Pool in Pamukkale is also known as Cleopatra’s Pool as the Egyptian Queen is said to have swum there.
With such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders, it’s little wonder that Pamukkale-Hierapolis has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site. With over two million visitors annually, it is Turkey’s most visited attraction.