Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s top attractions and one of the world’s best destination in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey.
Things to do and places to see in Pamukkale
Tourists and locals visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis frequently not only for its extraordinary look and its ancient history but also for wellness and recreational activities. It is Scientifically proven that it can cure many diseases, the water attracts people and there are many thermal hotels in the area that serve 12 months a year.
- You can walk down barefooted in the waterfalls from the village. The place is crowded when the tour-buses arrive. No shoes are allowed on the travertines. If you don’t want to walk back to top, you can use the buses dropping off people back to top, which depart from near lower end of the travertines. You should wear swimming suit. A lot of people bath in the baths here.
- It is also worth making the effort to get to the remains of the ancient city of Aphrodisias—one of the best preserved Roman sites in southeastern Aegean. You can rent a van from Denizli to get there. Local bus companies will arrange bussing for 30-40 TL.
- Bathe in the mineral hot springs. This is an enclosed pool, with additional entrance fee of 25 TL as of July 2011, above waterfalls.
- Of moderate interest might be visiting Denizli. It’s a bit dull but there’s a lively market.
How to reach Pamukkale
The nearest major city is Denizli, where you will likely arrive first before getting to Pamukkale.
- Closest airport is Denizli - Cardak Airport is 65 km or 1 hour away and there are flights twice daily toIstanbul.
- Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is another alternative to the area. Pamukkale is 252 km from the airport, a drive of about 4 hours (4-1/2 to 5 hours by bus)or 6-7 hours by train. (Check TCDD  for train schedule.)
The nearest train station is in Denizli, which currently has services from Izmir only. The Istanbul service (Pamukkale Express) was suspended in 2008, presumably because of track renovations, and it is not certain when/if the services will re-start.
Bus to Pamukkale and Denizli can be found from almost all the cities of Turkey. Bus services include water, hot drinks and a snack. There are virtually no bus companies that take you directly to Pamukkale despite what the ticket sellers tell you. The bus will drop you in Denizli and then you have to get on the free minibus to Pamukkale (about 20 km away).
From Denizli bus station, take a dolmuş, It is a type of cheap communal taxi that usually seats about 10 -12, from nearby Denizli. Frequent mini-buses serve the village of Pamukkale in a 20 minute ride. It cost 3 YTL per trip. It is also possible to make reservation of the bus ticket from Pamukkale Village. And the bus company can arrange shuttle bus to bus station if there is enough number of people.
Where to Stay to see Pamukkale
There are lots of accommodations available in Turkey but if you want to stay somewhere close to Pammukkale then also it is easy to find. There are hotels like Hotel Dört Mevsim, Artemis Yoruk Hotel, Kale Hotel, Melrose Allgau Hotel etc. For more information visit nice Place to stay in Antalya.
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