The stunning white terraces of Pamukkale and the neighboring site of Hierapolis are situated inland, close to the town of Denizli.
Pamukkale literally means 'cotton castle' and is one of Turkey's most impressive natural wonders. It is made up of a series of white travertine terraces cascading down a cliff.
The high mineral content of the natural spring water that runs down the cliff is responsible for the terraces’ white cover. Strict rules ensure the preservation of this natural sight, and visitors are no longer allowed to walk on the terraces. However, nearby thermal waters are open to visitors, who there can swim among scattered Roman pillars.
It was the thermal waters which lead to the founding of the spa town of Hierapolis at the end of the 2nd century BC by the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon.
Today, the remains include the ancient ruins of the baths, temples, the well-preserved theatre, and the largest necropolis or graveyard in Anatolia containing over 1200 tombs.
ODS Turkey recommends Pamukkale for unique historical experiences such as bathing in an ancient Roman bath surrounded by ruins, visiting a well-preserved ancient necropolis or viewing the sunset over a Roman amphitheatre, all set against a stunning landscape.