15 Best Things To Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

The beautiful western town called Pamukkale in Turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations among people. Popular for its mineral-rich thermal water flowing down from the white travertine terrace, the city has a lot many tourist attractions to offer to its visitors. This impressively surreal wonder of nature hosts a tremendous amount of people every year, and if you are someone more of a nature worshiper, you should be a part of this amazing journey too.

Here's the list of Places to visit and 15 best things to do in Pamukkale:

1. Travertine

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The beautiful and majestic white calcite cliff of the city was formed due to the area’s hot springs. The structure of the travertine is formed exactly the same way how stalactites form within limestone. The meaning of Pamukkale is “Cotton Castle” and when you look at the travertine, you will feel that the sparkling white color of the travertine does make it look like a weird natural forest of a kind. The majestic travertine is a treat to your eyes. Something that you should not miss out on at any cost.

2. The ruins of Hierapolis

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The city of Hierapolis was built and founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon and soon after the 190 BC, it was converted into a fortified military colony. During AD 60, however, the original city was destroyed by an earthquake and after that it was rebuilt again. It is then, when the glory days of the city has begun. During the 2nd and 3rd century, the city became one of the most prosperous cities when the hot springs of the city became spa centers. Right at the eastern side of the ruins of the city, you will find the Temple of Apollo and the quite famous Plutonium, both of which, share some of the greatest histories altogether.

3. Temple of Apollo

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Back in the Roman era, Apollo was the most important and highly worshipped God among the locals of Pamukkale. In his honor, there was a temple built in front of the foundation of Hierapolis and the ruins remain till now. There are plenty of exciting myths and stories surrounding the temple which can make any historians go gaga over the place. If you have a knack for such stories, this is the place for you to be.

4. The Hierapolis Theater

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When you look at the slope above the majestic Hierapolis ruins, you will see the beautiful and mighty theater. The theater has a façade which is over 100 meters long with a seating of two tiers with 26 rows. The theater was built during the reign of Roman Emperors Hadrian and Septimius Severus and it has been preserved pretty well ever since.

5. Hierapolis Museum

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Although small, the museum inside Hierapolis is an amazing one and it has a lot of things to exhibit from the Roman era. The museum is inside the former Roman Bath House. A visit to the museum will actually bring the ancient city to life in your eyes. You can experience some of the most amazing and beautiful artistry and cultural heritage of this beautiful ancient city including some of the most precious stones one can ever find. So if you are a history buff, this museum is going to prove to be a treat to your eyes.

6. The Antique Pool in Pamukkale

If you are one among those who love getting a bath in the nature, then Pamukkale antique pool is the place to be. You can enjoy your bathing time just like the Romans did back in those days – but of course, without togas. The pool is beside the Temple of Apollo and it is extremely breathtaking. Soothe your sore travel muscle inside the hot water of the pool which is mineral-rich and has a steady temperature of 36 degree C. it is possible that it is the most atmospheric hot spring you will ever come across.

7. Laodikeia

Once home to Cicero, Laodikeia was one among the busiest cities during the Roman Era. Above all, it had a great deal of importance as a city as it was the hub of all kinds of business deals, a center for trade and a medicinal city. As soon as Christianity started taking over the world, a huge amount of Jewish and Christian people started living in the city and it became a great spot of interest. Now, you can see the ruins of the city, still glorifying its old days.

8. Pamukkale Castle

Another amazing places of interest to visit in the city is the Pamukkale Castle. It is also known as the Cotton Castle, which was basically built somewhere between 11th - 12th century. Although this place has an amazing history behind it, most tourist doesn’t really understand the value behind this place and don’t bother coming up to this place. So if you want to visit this place, there will be a great chance where you can get an amazing lone time away from the crowd.

9. Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias is one of the most important historical places in Turkey. People from all over the world come to visit the place every year. There are a lot of Chalcolithic finds here, which shows that the place was originally settled somewhere in between 4th millennium BC. The ruins of Bronze pots and various other pottery state, that there might have been an Assyrian trading colony doing business during the same period. For the history buffs, this is another amazing place to be!

10. The Caravanserais

Caravanserais is an array of small huts or inns which basically dot the plains of Pamukkale. The Selijuk Caravanserais was founded in 1253 by Emir Karasungur. You can find a beautiful arcade courtyard, triple-aisles winter hall and a marble-faced East façade. This is one among the most beautiful places you should visit at least once in Pamukkale.

11. Civril

Civril is another quite important pre-historical settlement that was first excavated during the 1950s by none other than Lloyd and Mellaart. It has an evidence of people living during the Bronze Age (1250 BC) up to the Byzantine Era (400 years later). The ruins found in the Civril is one among most amazing things you will ever experience in your life.

12. Karahayit Hot Springs

Only five kilometer away from Pamukkale, you will see the beautiful hot spring with mineral-rich water at the temperature range of 55 degree C. Beneath the hot spring you will see a bathtub, or a pool where you can easily take an amazing bath and relax yourself.

13. Colossae

You can see the beautiful ruins of the ancient Phrygian city Colossal, and admire the history. The ruins of the city lie in the Lykos Valley, which just near the Lykos River. This is somewhere around 20 kms on the east of Denizil. However, during the time the Romans took over the place, the city was already overshadowed by the importance of cities like Hierapolis and Laodeikia. The city, however, still is renowned among the historians and you should not miss out on this one.

14. Saraykoy

When you go to the western edge of Hierapolis Valley, you will see the city of Sarayköy. This is one of the most beautiful places in old Karora which lies in between the borders of Phrygia and Cara.

15. Denizli

On your way to Pamukkale, you will find Denizli. And although everyone passes through this amazing place, a really small group of people stop in between. The town had immense importance during the 14th century and it was discovered by the great Arabian traveller Ibn Battuta. He described the town as a great point of commercial deals which had seven mosques, a residence for the Prince, with baths and bazaars. The city had to face two major destructions due earthquake, one during the 18th century and the other around the late 1899.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Pamukkale

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  1. #1 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 1647 itineraries
    The Travertine- Pamukkale Thermal Pools

    Tags: Geological Formation, Hot Spring, Unesco Site

    Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The unadulterated geographical marvel, one of the marvellous natural formations in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site- the Travertine is set of natural pools formed by the deposition of calciu...Read more

  2. #2 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 1422 itineraries
    Hierapolis Museum

    Tags: Archaeological Site , Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Address: Orenyeri Kasabası, Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey

    Timings: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Located in close proximity to the Antique pools atop travertine, the site of the museum was originally a Roman bath. Featuring interesting remains of the Roman Empire, the museum is a 2nd century roma...Read more

  3. #3 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 1367 itineraries
    Pamukkale Natural Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Tourist Center, Picnic Spot

    Address: Pamukkale kasabasi, Pamukkale, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Opened in 2011, Pamukkale Natural Park is an ideal picnic spot for tourists on a vacation and also a popular wedding venue. You can spend your entire day in this outdoor park, explore the beautiful na...Read more

  4. #4 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 1326 itineraries
    Cleopatra Pools

    Tags: Water Body, Waterfront, Hot Spring

    Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the privately managed natural thermal pools, Cleopatra pools are great for enjoying a relaxing swim in the hot springs. The mineral content of water is considered to have medicinal healing prop...Read more

  5. #5 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 1287 itineraries
    Roman Amphitheatre Of Hierapolis

    Tags: Historical Site, Tourist Center, Architecture , Amphitheater

    Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

    This ancient roman amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 12000 is a huge architectural masterpiece and was once used as an arena stadium, field and theatre. Mind-blowing acoustics and well-maintaine...Read more

  6. #6 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 1300 itineraries
    Hot Air Ballooning In Pamukkale

    Tags: Tour, Entertainment, Hot Air Balloon

    Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

    One of the most interesting activities to do on a trip to Pamukkale, a hot air balloon ride on the unusual topography of Pamukkale is a must-do! The Ancient ruins of Hierapolis, the travertine and Men...Read more

  7. #7 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 984 itineraries
    Antolia Cemetery

    Tags: Ancient Ruin, Cemetery, Tomb

    Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

    Collection of the tombs and ancient ruins of the cemeteries of noble men belonging to the Roam era; great walking area! 

  8. #8 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 655 itineraries

    Tags: Outdoors, Village, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Goncalı Mh., 20000 Denizli, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Known as a site born again through archaeological restoration, this ancient village is located close to Pamukkale. Dating back from 3500 BC (the late Chalcolithic period) to 3000 BC (the early bronze ...Read more

  9. #9 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 942 itineraries
    Kaklik Caves

    Tags: Cave, Historical Site

    Address: Honaz County, Pamukkale, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Commonly known as the “Underground Pamukkale”, Kaklik caves have similar structure as the travertine and are one of the most visited tourist attraction in Denizli region. The attraction wa...Read more

  10. #10 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 217 itineraries

    Tags: Outdoors, Village

    Address: Karahayıt, Pamukale, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This village is situated at the north of Pamukkale and was once famous for Rust-red hot mineral waters loaded with iron and calcium.  The Triumphal entry gate reminds the visitors of the village&...Read more

  11. #11 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 547 itineraries
    Byzantine Churches

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located within the ancient ruins of Hierapolis in Pamukkale, the remains of Byzantine churches with rooms for the priests and aisles can be accessed from the Byzantine gates- constructed in the Byzant...Read more

  12. #12 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 321 itineraries

    Tags: Temple, Historical Site, Monument, Picnic Spot

    Address: Karacasu-Ileçsi, Geyre, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located just 80 kilometres away from Aphrodisias, this is an exhilarating historical and natural site. Attractions like: The city of Aphrodite, big stadium, Odeon, monumental gateway and the temple of...Read more

  13. #13 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 4 itineraries
    Lycus River Thermal Hotel Image

    Address: Karahayit Mevkii Pamukkale, Karahayıt Mahallesi, 20290 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey

    Google Reviews
    P PAT

    1. Swimming Pool is dark and water seems dirty. Has chlorine in it. 2. Shower mixer did not work properly 3. No milk powder provided for tea and no extra tea bags 4. No elevator for luggage - so relia...

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  14. #14 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 4 itineraries
    Hotel Sahin Image
    Timings: 07:00 am - 11:59 pm Details
    Google Reviews
    Carola Bartz

    This is a touristy spot and you feel it. In walking distance from the travertine terraces which is a plus. The rooms are very small but the roof terrace is wonderful and you have a great view from the...

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  15. #15 of 32 Things To Do in Pamukkale
    - Used in 3 itineraries
    Pamukkale Turizm Image
    Timings: 06:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
    Google Reviews
    Rui Z

    The agent here was very helpful even if I didn’t book tour with them since the time limit. The balloon they quote was way cheaper than any balloon in capadokia.

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