Best time to visit: Summer. Although it might get quite hot in summer, at least all you need is a dip in one of the many natural pools, which you can do that freely. If you are visiting during winter, climbing up the cascades barefoot (no shoes allowed, you have no choice), accompanied by chill-to-the-bones wind and icy cold water running down the travertines could be a pain. (experiences may vary)
Recommended stay: Artemis Yoruk Hotel
If you book ahead of time, you will be able to grab a "bed and breakfast + 24 hour free tea" great deal for as low as € 9. The Hotel is conveniently located opposite the bus stop, featuring a refreshing pool and a rooftop restaurant. The receptionist was friendly and charismatic, he upgraded our room (for free), gave us honest reviews of everything (even advised us not to sign up for paragliding due to bad weather), and told HILARIOUS jokes.
Day 1: Travertines (UNESCO World Heritage site)
|Friends made on the travertines.|
Admission cost: 25 Lr (without a tourguide)
45 Lr ( with a tourguide)
No shoes allowed on the Travertines, so bring a bagpack to put your shoes in. The hike up to the top of those travertines was incredible with refreshing water running downstream. You can dip in one of these calcium cliff natural pools overlooking Pamukkale.
Roman city of Hierapolis
|My travel mate/botfriend/GPS.|
At the end of your walk, there will be a magnificent Roman amphitheater of Hierapolis. You should hire a local guide if you are really into history ( English and Russian tours available)
Cleopatra Pool (Hot spring)
This is your once in a life time chance to travel back in time, swim with the roman ruins dating back to 2nd century B.C. Entrance fee is 32 TL ( not included in your general admission ticket to visit the Travertines) .
Why not? There are free. Water was are not as warm as the Cleopatra pool, but still the experience was so amazing, words fail. If you are not in a rush, sit in the pool long enough to watch spectacular sunset, people-watch and spend quality time with your travel partners.
Day 2: Excitement continuesPamukkale Nature Park
Highly recommended by locals, we took a 3 Lr dolmuş trip to Karahayit Red Spring. The journey was about 10 minutes, including a drive (extra slow) pass a narrow street market where our driver bought some fruits WHILE DRIVING THE VAN. The red spring is not as big as the Travertines. However, water here is warmer and if you are interested in mud baths, try it here!
We departed for Selçuk in the afternoon.
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