The thermal springs of Pamukkale, which translated from turkish means “Cotton Castle”, located in the province of Denizli, in southwestern Turkey, is about 2700 meters long, and thanks to a height of 160 meters, can be glimpsed and admired by a great distance. Every second, 250 liters of hot water gush from the source. The water contains large amounts of hydrogen and calcium carbonate, which merge to form bi-carbonate of calcium. This natural phenomenon so deposited thick layers of white limestone and travertine which appear to fall along the mountain slopes, making them look like a frozen waterfall, one of the most beautiful natural spectacles in all of Turkey.
To get to the airport is Pamukkale Denizli (Cardak) located 65 km, more or less than 1 hour away. They made two flights a day from Istanbul. Alternatively there is the airport of Izmir (Adnan Menderes). From here, Pamukkale is 252 km from the airport for a journey time of approximately 4 hours. Pamukkale can be reached by train, the railway arrived from Denizli about 1.4 5km from the center of Pamukkale. There are trains to / from Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul. Alternatively you can use the bus network leading in Denizli and then you take the local dolmus (shared taxi) to Pamukkale (about 20 km away).
The best time to see Pamukkale is late spring and summer, almost until the beginning of October. The city is located in western Anatolia, and so has a continental climate. The higher maximum is reached in July and August with values ranging between 30-35 ° C as a maximum, while the average minimum is maintained at around 15 degrees centigrade. In winter, the morning is usually pretty cool with values that are positioned about zero degrees and it is not uncommon to see snow, and still it rains frequently. If you are on holiday in Turkey in the winter is to find affordable accommodation on the coast, esemopio Izmir, Pamukkale and come to the time necessary for the visit.
What to see and do in Pamukkale?
Obviously travertine waterfalls are the key attraction, and also the occcasione geological rare to see a show, only emulated by Minerva Terrace of Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone, the site of Huanglong in China and terraces of travertine Otukapuarangi in New Zealand , the latter unfortunately destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Mount Tarawera in 1886. The springs of Pamukkale offer great opportunity for some amazing photographs. The contrast of vivid colors of chalk and limestone deposits is great with the turquoise waters of the basins that form overlapping multi-level, where you can bathe in steaming hot water.
The archaeological site of Hierapolis’ about 20 km north of Denizli, not far from Pamukkale. The city was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 60 AD, during the period of the Roman emperor Nero. During the reconstruction after the earthquake, the city lost its Hellenistic Style and became a typical Roman city. It ‘also UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the hot springs of Pamukkale.
Originally posted 2012-07-25 14:09:13.