The Bucket List: Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, located in South Western Turkey, is a site of natural beauty. The city is made up of gleaming white sedimentary rock deposited from the water of the hot springs underground. There are 17 hot water springs whose temperatures range from 35 -...

Pamukkale, located in South Western Turkey, is a site of natural beauty. The city is made up of gleaming white sedimentary rock deposited from the water of the hot springs underground. There are 17 hot water springs whose temperatures range from 35 - 100 Degrees Celsius.

Literally meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, Pamukkale is a world heritage site and was once a thriving tourist attraction. Hotels and shops were built on top of the rocks which attracted backpackers looking for a quick stop. They would stop and paddle in the warm mineral water of the pool created by the hot springs.

As such a interesting and unique place, the local authorities wished to preserve its natural beauty and decided to strip the hotels and shops from the place. Tourism instantly decreased, however, the site still boasts an incredible site once used by the Priests of Cybele for religious purposes.

Visiting Pamukkale has never been more important. Tourists are able to swim in The Sacred Pool - the spiritual center of the spa city of Hierapolis. Shops, small hotels and restaurants are back and its perfect to combine with a visit to Aphrodisias, the ancient City of Aphrodite - goddess of love, to fully understand the importance of the Ancient Gods.

Take off your shoes and walk up the incredible travertines and witness the calcium formations of the rock as you experience a truly original place, Pamukkale

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