Things To Do In Pamukkale
The Pamukkale white travertine terrace is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. Millions of people visit this natural phenomenon yearly and so it is safe to say that the town is well equipped for tourists. There are plenty of things to do in Pamukkale to keep you busy and excited. It is thrilling to seek out adventure sports while on holiday but it is also equally important to find the time to relax and unwind. Pamukkale helps you do exactly that. It’s the perfect combination of adventure and leisure.
Walk barefoot on the white Travertine Terraces
If you are in Pamukkale, the absolute first thing you must do is head over to its natural thermal hot springs and walk around barefoot. The travertine terraces are a sight for sore eyes. Use the south entrance that is closest to the village so that you can walk upwards through the terrace and enjoy the full experience. You can also take a dip in the pools, so be sure to wear a bathing suit under your clothes.
Take a dip in Cleopatra’s Pool
Indulge in this 2000-year-old artificially sculpted man-made pool. It is believed that the pool was a gift to Cleopatra from Marc Anthony and is perhaps one of the most famous gifts that Marc Anthony gave the Egyptian Queen. Whether the story is true or not, you will definitely feel like royalty when you dip into its waters. One must be careful while in the pool, however, as the floor is uneven from the ancient architectural remains found underwater due to an earthquake.
Enjoy panoramic views in a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Turkey is best known for its hot air balloon rides! It is a great way to get a full view of the thermal pools as well as the ruins of the old city of Hierapolis. Thrilling and relaxing at the same time, it is an activity that is not to be missed when in Turkey.
Paraglide over the Pamukkale thermal pools
Paragliding as an adventure sport in Turkey has been recently booming. It is a fun activity to do here as you will get to see stunning aerial views of Hierapolis-Pamukkale, especially at sunset. The ride averages about 20 minutes and there are many companies/operators that offer this service. It can be a wonderful experience even for first-timers.
Take a tour of the Hierapolis Museum
Hierapolis is a Greek-Roman city, founded in 2nd century BC. The remains of this once-thriving spa city can still be seen. The Museum is located inside an ancient Roman Bath and gives access to some fantastic discoveries and archaeological finds of this region. The museum is mainly divided into 3 exhibit rooms. The first one has findings from the excavation sites of Laodicea & Hierapolis, which includes statues, pillars, gravestones, sarcophagi etc. The second room displays smaller finds like bowls, cups, tools etc. from several civilizations of the last 4000 years. The third room showcases some of the marvellous marble works that were once found in the Hierapolis Amphitheatre.
Picnic at the Pamukkale Nature Park
At the bottom of the travertine is Pamukkale Nature Park where you can sit and enjoy a picnic lunch or snack in the gardens. Take a paddle boat ride around the lake and feed the ducks. The familial atmosphere you experience here will be different from the touristic one everywhere else in Pamukkale.
Rejuvenate in the Karahayit Hot Springs & Mud Pool
Let your muscles relax and your worries disappear as you take a long and relaxing dip in the mineral-rich waters of Karayahit. These red pools are known to have healing qualities and are the ultimate spa experience along with a mud Bath. The village of Karahayit also offers spa treatments and it’s a great way to finish off a long day.