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The Cotton Castle

If you’re looking for a unique destination for your next vacation, this place in sunny Turkey might just be the choice for you. Pamukkale is a natural attraction in south-western Turkey that receives over 2 million visitors annually. Pamukkale, which means”cotton castle” in Turkish, fascinates visitors with its turquoise waters that flow through calcium pools. Recognized as a World Heritage Sites together with Hierapolis, Pamukkale is one of the most ellaborate examples of calcium formations in the world.

The Cotton Castle


Pamukkale has been known for its healing properties since ancient times. The calcite-laden waters are a great natural cure for pressure, heart diseases, digestive or skin disorders.
Pamukkale

Pamukkale castle

Pamukkale Turkey

Pamukkale is surely one of the most extraordinary natural wonders in Turkey. The site offers plenty of accommodation options so that you can enjoy the location for several days. Formed by a hot underground spring, Pamukkale was considered by ancient civilizations a place sacred to the Gods. Founded in 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, king of Pergamon, the city of Hierapolis reached its peak in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, being a famous Roman thermal bath center. Hierapolis attracted a steady number of pilgrims, that came to benefit from the curative waters.

Pamukkale cotton castle

Pamukkale biggest calcium formation

Pamukkale is located 250 km from Izmir and 20 km from Denizli. The hot springs flow at a rate of 400 liters per second and have the temperature is 36 to 38 C with a pH of 6.

Take your much needed vacation and head to Turkey to visit this fairytale land of Pamukkale – a petrified white castle soaked by warm turquoise waters. What can be more relaxing than trying nature’s own spa?

Pamukkale spa

Pamukkale natural spa

photo sources: WikiMedia Commons, fotos_dos_ornelas

6 Comments for "The Cotton Castle"

matt p says on May 4th, 2008 at 9:32 pm:

This place looks awesome, but being american, is it going to be a problem if my wife and I were to visit there?

Tom says on May 5th, 2008 at 6:19 am:

I’m sure the Turks will recover in good time.

Hotel Auditor says on May 5th, 2008 at 5:51 pm:

Hello Matt,

The proof of the pudding is in th eating, you know ;) Please make a post or comment after your adventure :)))

Thai Hotel Expert says on July 8th, 2008 at 10:02 am:

oh wow amazing! will definitely go there someday.

sothis says on September 17th, 2008 at 8:44 am:

hi, i have just encountered with this site when looking some top 10 lists.

i am not sure whether matt will look again in this comments but i’d like to ask why it would be a problem if he -as an american- comes with his wife?

i am from turkey, istanbul and recommend you to come and visit some wonders of the world like Pamukkale (or Fethiye or Uzungöl or Ka? etc.) with your wife or girlfriend or boyfriend or all alone, either you are american or finnish or indonesian or whatever :)

reisen nach says on January 17th, 2010 at 5:03 pm:

Were did you get your blog design?

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