Pamukkale meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli with hot springs and enormous white terraces with light blue water. We stayed in Kusdasi and decided to do the trip by local bus and not go with a tourbus. It took us about 3 hours to get there, it’s more then 200 km. It’s a long time but totally worth it.
The local bus was comfortable with enough space and we even got some free snacks during the trip. The local bus stops in Denizli, from there we took a minivan to Pamukkale (15-20 minutes). Because the total trip took us 3,5 hours, we arrived in the early afternoon. Make sure you already buy your ticket for the returntrip in Denizli as you don’t want to spend the night here if the last bus is fully booked.
From the entrance we followed the path along the white teracces that look like snow and icewater. We stopped a couple of times to make pictures and enjoy the view. There were a lot of tourists around, but if you wait for a while, all the tourbusses are leaving and the amount of visitors will be reduced by almost 50%. Gave me the opportunity to make these pictures without a single person on it. The best way to enjoy an uncrowded visit is to spend the night in Pamukkale village and explore the area the following morning.
Hierapolis is an ancient city with well-preserved Roman ruins and museum. The museum has a collection that include coins, jewelry, sarcophagi, statues and reliefs. There is a lot to see among the ruins of Hierapolis like the temple ofApollo, Plutonium (a sacred cave believed to be an entrance to the underworld) and the theater of Hierapolis.
From April 15 till October 2 – Open from 08:00 to 21:00 every day
From October 3 till April 14 – Open from 08:30 to 17:00 every day
Some of the facilities have more limited hours.
The entrance ticket is 35 Turkish Lira (about 9 Euros or 10 US Dollars) and free for children under 18.
Pamukkale Town Entrance: From the town you can walk up the travertines in your bare feet, as shoes are not allowed, through the pools and water, to the top of the plateau in 30 minutes. We took this entrance.
You can start here or head back by minibus to Denizli bus terminal or Pamukelle town. The price is 5 Turkish Lira (1,30 euros or $2). It can be busy so plan enough time to make it back to Denizli or the town of Pamukkale.
This entrance is only accesible if you have your own car. You drive to a large parking lot south of the plateau, then walk for 20 minutes.