The journey from Goreye to Pamukkale was another very tiring bus ride. If you decide to travel from Istanbul to Pamukkale, you can take one of the five flights a day or you can hop on the bus if you a low-budget traveller. It will take you around 11 hours to reach Pamukkale. It is best to take the night bus and you can sleep throughout the whole journey. When I arrived from Cappadocia to Pamukkale, I was exhausted. At this point I started to realize that I was too old for long bus rides. Pamukkale stands for “ the cotton castle”. It s a little village and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s really beautiful but you can see the whole town in a few hours. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is one of the most important ones of the Turkey tourist places. The Pamukkale thermal pools are well-known tourist attractions of Turkey, therefore you should make sure to see them on your next trip to this fascinating country. Chilling in the Pamukkale hot springs is the best way to wind down after a long journey around Turkey, so I can only recommend this to everyone. There were not too many things to do in Pamukkale, as it was a small village, built around the hot springs, but the visit to the terraces was something we really enjoyed.
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The terraces of carbonate minerals are really beautiful from the distance. We took our shoes off and pulled our pants up to walk in the warm water. It was slippery and I fell, but luckily I had a waterproof camera, so nothing happened to it, when I dropped it. I learned my lesson last time when I dropped a camera in Vegas and it was ruined. Now I only buy waterproof cameras. It was amazing to walk in these hot springs in Turkey. We enjoyed it even if we didn’t totally dip into them. After visiting the hot springs, we visited the ruins of Hierapolis up on the top of the mountain.
It was interesting to see these ruins. They were built 3rd century BC. After taking some photos we went back to the hotel and we quickly realized that there was not much more left to see in Pamukkale and we decided to get a bus ticket to go back to Istanbul on the same night. The village was so small that we had a hard time finding things to do around there for the next few hours until the bus was departing. We made friends with the locals who taught us a local board game. We were playing the board game to kill time. After that we went to a hotel ordered a couple of cocktails by the pool and napped for the rest of the afternoon until the bus departed at night. It was another very long ride from Pamukkale to Istanbul. We were greatful to have had the experience to visit the famous Pamukkale thermal pools in Turkey, so we didn’t mind the long journey in the end.
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