The Pamukkale Rundown
Pamukkale, a part of the Denizli Province, is located in the southwestern region of Turkey. Pamukkale is known for its hot springs and breathtaking travertine with purported restorative properties. The famous terraces are easy to find and cost 20TL for a day-access pass to enter. The one-of-a-kind formations of travertine pools, shelves and stalactites are formed by warm mineral water cooling as it flowed over the edge of a cliff, leaving traces of calcium. Pamukkale has a unique landscape unlike any other and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage along with Hierapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city about 20 km (12.4 miles) away. Here, you can soak in the hot spring or cool yourself in the Cleopatra’s Pool among the ancient ruins. The Hierapolis Archaeology Museum was once a Roman Bath and now showcases ancient artefacts. Pamukkale’s location makes it easy to see nearby attractions, including Aphrodisias, one of Turkey’s most complete archaeological sites, and Laodicea, a city is one of the Seven Churches of Asia (as mentioned in the Bible).
When To Go
Pamukkale is situated in the Aegean region of Turkey. It has a mixture of Continental and Mediterranean climate. The plains along the Aegean Coast have mild winters, sunny springs and autumns, and hot summers. The inland parts of the Aegean region are cooler than the coast and are prone to winds that come off the Aegean Sea.
- Winter: Mild, sunny and pleasant with rain and occasional snow
- Spring and autumn: Sunny
- Summer: Dry and hot, with temperatures of up to 35-36oC (96oF)
The Cardak Airport, located in Denizli, is the closest airport at 65 km (40 miles) from Pamukkale. It has daily flights to and from Turkey’s capital, Istanbul. Alternatively, the Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located 252 km (157 miles) from Pamukkale. From the airport, you can take the HAVAS airport bus service to Denizli. You can also get to Denizli by bus from almost all cities in Turkey. From Denizli, there is a mini bus that will take you the last 20 km (12 miles) to Pamukkale. Another option for getting to Pamukkale from Denizli is ‘dolmus’, an economical communal taxi that seats about 10 people. The ride takes about 20 minutes. You can walk anywhere in Pamukkale in 10 to 15 minutes.
- By air: Cardak Airport is located 65 km (40 miles) from Pamukkale
- By bus: Mini bus from Denizli to Pamukkale
- By taxi: Dolmus communal taxi