Pamukkale is a massive natural limestone feature in Turkey that meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish. Mineral deposits from thermal springs formed the formation, which features many thermal pools. The remnants of the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis are perched atop this limestone rock. For thousands of years, tourists and travelers have come to this location.
On my road journey through Turkey with @doctorcrypto, the first overnight stop was Pamukkale. We started the day in Bodrum and spent a few hours in Ephesus, an ancient city. We arrived at Pamukkale just as the sun was setting after another 2.5 hours of driving.
It was a pleasure to drive across the countryside. We like having our own transportation since it gave us more independence. On the highways, traffic was low, and the scenery was breathtaking.
We had intended to spend the night in Denizli, but as soon as we entered the city, we changed our minds. I didn’t reserve our lodgings ahead of time, but I did use the booking.com app to find places to stay. We couldn’t find any of the hotels we were looking for in Denizli because it was so chaotic and crowded. We parked the car and tried to figure things out on foot because @doctorcrypto was getting stressed out by all of the crazy drivers. We couldn’t get any better on foot, so we opted to drive the remainder of the way to Pamukkale in the hopes of finding a hotel.
We were so delighted we didn’t stay in Denizli and traveled all the way to Pamukkale. We discovered a nice and reasonably priced hotel directly across the street from Pamukkale. The hotel employees were wonderful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and at ease. In comparison to the frantic intensity of Denizli, the leisurely pace of the little village of Pamukkale was a dream.
We went out that evening to get something to eat. Then we unwinded on the hotel’s lovely rooftop patio. We had a couple beers before retiring for the evening.
We walked across the street to the park the next day. We paid a nominal entrance fee and were informed that shoes were not permitted in the park. Shoes were no longer permitted in the park due to the damage that centuries of tourists had brought to the limestone formation.
Although the rock formation resembles cotton, it does not feel like cotton! But it wasn’t all bad. Even though the stone is mainly smooth, it was still a long walk on bare feet.
The view from the apex of the formation was breathtaking. We were fortunate in that the weather was clear, and we had a clear view for miles.
The lakes that formed in the rocky formations were spectacular. They have a peculiar form. They resemble a fungus or a live organism.
The limestone ponds formed naturally, but they are presently controlled by the park. Because of the harm caused by hotels and visitors, the park authority now has jurisdiction over the water. They feed water to specific pools on certain days and to other pools on other days.
The ruins of Hierapolis, an old Greco-Roman city, are perched atop the formation. Although there were not many undamaged ruins in the region we visited, it was still a fascinating sight to view.
Although Hierapolis has seen better days, I can’t help but be fascinated by these ancient sites.
We returned to the park gate after exploring the ruins. A large crowd had gathered to enjoy the water and the park’s splendor.
Despite the fact that we had already checked out of our hotel, the employees at Hotel Sahin allowed us to shower in one of their rooms after a scorching hike through the park. After cleaning up and cooling off, we piled into the car and drove to our next location.
Join us tomorrow for the next leg of our journey to Istanbul!