Best Things To Do in Pamukkale, Turkey

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  • Pamukkale Natural Park: A picnic spot with pools and mud-baths.
  • Travertine: Pamukkale Thermal Pools- Geo-natural wonder, UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Roman Amphitheatre of Hierapolis: Ancient theatre with a seating capacity of 12000.


  • Explore the waterfalls walking barefoot and have a swim in the springs.
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Aphrodisias—one of the best preserved Roman sites in southeastern Aegean. You can hire a cab to get there.
  • Have a therapeutic bath in the thermal pools.
  • Marvel at the ancient Cleopatra pools.
  • Visit Denizli on your way to Pamukkale.
  • Shop for famous Turkish cotton and home ware.
  • For history and geo-nature enthusiasts, a visit to Cleopatra pools, Laodikya, Karahayit and Kaklik caves is highly recommended by Pamukkale travel guide.

Below we have a list of things to do in Pamukkale and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Pamukkale getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Pamukkale with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Pamukkale

Here is the list of things to do in Pamukkale and tourist attractions in city.

  1. The Travertine- Pamukkale Thermal Pools

    Geological Formation, Hot Spring, Unesco Site

    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 calcium. Tectonic movements taking place in the basin of the Menderes River triggered the rise of multiple hot springs in the area, making it a natural spa and hot-bath destination. The hot water from th...Read more
  2. Pamukkale Natural Park

    Outdoors, Park, Picnic Spot, Nature

    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 nature and admire the alluring lake which is set right in the park. You can enjoy the boating activity in the lake and for people who love swimming; there are three exclusive pools in Pamukkale. Grea...Read more
  3. Hierapolis Museum

    4.6 (1422 Votes)
    Hierapolis Museum

    Archaeological Site , Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    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 roman bath and gymnasium made in polychrome marble. It presents artefacts of Roman archaeology and is in-itself worth observing. 
  4. Cleopatra Pools

    Water Body, Waterfront, Hot Spring

    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 properties and swimming here is a must-do activity in Pamukkale!
  5. Roman Amphitheatre Of Hierapolis

    Historical Site, Architecture , Amphitheater

    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-maintained ruins of Roman structure; combine the visit to this amphitheatre with the Travertine terraces. A must-visit on your trip to Pamukkale!
  6. Hot Air Ballooning In Pamukkale

    Entertainment, Hot Air Balloon

    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 Menders valley are alluring and the hot air balloon ride offers a panoramic view of these well above from the ground. Various tour operators and hotels arrange these tours and can be booked locally!&n...Read more
  7. Antolia Cemetery

    Ancient Ruin, Cemetery, Tomb

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

    4.7 (655 Votes)

    Outdoors, Village, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    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 age), the artefacts of Laodikeia are mesmerising. The city was named after the wife of Seleucid king Antiochus II in the 3rd century BC. It was later ruled by the king of Pergamum and then seized u...Read more
  9. Kaklik Caves

    Cave, Historical Site

    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 was not discovered until its roof collapsed naturally and was opened to visitors since 2002. It is located at a distance of 45 kilometres from Pamukkale and is ideal for a half-day trip. The local na...Read more
  10. Karahayıt

    Outdoors, Village

    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’s glorious past. Today, it serves as a luxury hotel destination presenting fine Turkish hospitality. 
  11. Byzantine Churches

    Church, Religious Site, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    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 Byzantine period. These gates also acted as defence towers and are fairly preserved with the beautiful fragments that are still visible.  
  12. Aphrodisias

    4.8 (321 Votes)

    Temple, Historical Site, Monument, Picnic Spot

    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 Aphrodite are worth observing. Ideal for day-picnic, few luxury hotels and restaurants are available in the area. 
  13. Beyaz Sahne

    3.7 (17 Votes)
  14. Tripolis Hotel

    3.6 (4 Votes)
  15. Pamukkale Turizm

    4 (3 Votes)

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  • Tiempo y opciones para ir de Capadoccia a Pamukkale gracias

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    • You will have to take an overnight bus from Goreme to Denizli. It takes around 10-11 hours to complete the journey. 

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