Pamukkale Is The Eighth Wonder Of The World In Turkey

Pamukkale (means: cotton castle, also known cotton palace) is one of the natural sites of Turkey. It is in millions of tourists list of things to do in Turkey. So, too many people come to Denizli to visit the Cotton Palace’s thermal pools and Hierapolis ancient city.


It is the largest district in Denizli as a population; has been a center of very important cultures since ancient times and is famous for its healing hot springs. It, famous for its travertines formed by thermal waters containing calcium oxide, is one of the few natural areas in the world. For this reason, it, which is called “The Eighth Wonder of the World” must be on your list of places to see before you die. The ancient city Hierapolis, whose name is intertwined with Pamukkale from the image of white travertines such as cotton, is named after Hiera, the wife of the king of Bergama, who founded the city.

Tips to know before you go to Pamukkale

  • Things to do in Pamukkale; swimming, paragliding, hot air balloon trip, ATV tour, trekking
  • Get a Pamukkale Turkey map
  • There are Istanbul to Pamukkale and Pamukkale to Istanbul flights every day
  • Denizli Çardak Airport (known as Pamukkale airport) is 72 km from Pamukkale.
Pamukkale long shot pic

History of Pamukkale

In addition to the miraculous formations of nature, It hosts an astounding history. You will witness magnificent views there, 18 km north of Denizli, and formed as a result of geological activities. After discovering the impressive sights of it, which has been a health and healing center for 2300 years, you can also do a paragliding or balloon tour.

Cotton Castle Thermal Pools is located in Turkey’s second natural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Cotton Castle is a very rich field in terms of thermal water. Already it has been used as a spa for 2300 years. The fact that Hierapolis Ancient City, which is right next to it, is rich and important had a great effect. People from different geopolitics came here to get healing or to retire rich bosses. It is now known that it is good for some dry and itchy skin diseases.

Hierapolis Ancient City Ruins
Hierapolis Ancient City

It is these thermal waters and minerals that give it this white image. The temperature of the thermal waters in the region varies between 35 and 100. Upon contact with oxygen, calcium carbonate in the water reacts and precipitates. This is the residue that we feel under our feet in the travertines. Over time, this gel consistency hardens and forms travertines. Likewise, it starts to cover the places it flows on.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Visiting Hours And Fees

Opening Hours: 06:30 – 19:00

Entrance Fees : $10 – $20

How To Get To Pamukkale?

The easiest option is to travel to Pamukkale, the heaven on earth, from Istanbul. The journey takes an average of 1 hour and 15 minutes. Denizli Çardak Airport is an hour away from the city center since it is a military airport. After landing at Denizli Çardak Airport, you can reach there by renting a car or by airport services.

Cleopatra Pool Pamukkale
Cleopatra Pool

Pamukkale Location

For more information about the site, you can visit here.

Recommended historical sites in Turkey

There are too many historical landmarks in Turkey but Istanbul has more than the other Turkish cities. You can visit the Blue Mosque and discover its blue tiles’ magic. Also, you can go to Hagia Sophia Museum to live something historical.

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