Top Things To Do in Pamukkale, Turkey aka The Cotton Castle of the Middle-East

May 7, 2017

Pamukkale, Turkey

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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Things to Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

Things to Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale Turkey

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.

Things to Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

Things to Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

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.

Things to Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

Things to Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

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Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.


  1. Comment by bc21578

    bc21578 May 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Too old for long bus rides, lol? What about long train rides?

    • Comment by Barb

      Barb May 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      I think trains are much better. I am happy to take trains anytime anywhere.

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