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Pamukkale FAQ

  • Why is Pamukkale white?

It is owed to the high amount of calcium carbonate mineral in the travertine rock, which forms up Pamukkale.

  • What to do/visit in Pamukkale?

Pamukkale offers many different attractions for people of different interests, one can enjoy the warmth of the Antique Pool (Cleopatra’s Pool), stroll through the ancient ruins of Hierapolis and discover its history and spend time in the travertine terraces.

  • Is Pamukkale open?

Pamukkale is open everyday between 07:30 and 17:30 in winter and 07:30 and 21:00 in summer.

  • Can you swim in Pamukkale?

  The puddles inside the travertine terraces of Pamukkale are considerably shallow, therefore it is not possible to swim and one can only put their feet in; however the Antique Pool (Cleopatra’s Pool) is a very popular place for swimming.

  • Where to stay in Pamukkale?

Owing to the numerous hot springs of the area, in Pamukkale and Karahayıt (neighboring town of Pamukkale) there is a high number of spa hotels.

  • How was Pamukkale formed?

Pamukkale is formed up of travertine which is a versatile rock that is formed by precipitation as a result of chemical reaction, depending on various reasons and environments. 

  • Which entrance to use in Pamukkale?

There are 3 different entrances into Pamukkale, but the most utilized by the high variety of visitors is the southern gate.

  • Who discovered Pamukkale?

It is known that Pamukkale was already popular in the antiquity as the ancient city of Hierapolis behind the travertine terraces was founded in the early beginnings of the 2nd century B.C., but the city was abandoned in the 6th century A.D. and stayed under the earth, but it wasn’t excavated until 1950’s when the city was discovered by an Italian archeologist group from Salento University (Lecce, Italy).

  • When to visit Pamukkale?

Pamukkale is open throughout the whole year, however it is highly more visited during summer.

  • What to wear in Pamukkale?

It is always suggested to come with casual clothes and sneakers to Pamukkale, but one should never forget to bring some slippers and swimming suits for the puddles in terraces and the Antique Pool.

  • Is Pamukkale in Antalya?

No, Pamukkale is located within the borders of Denizli district which is roughly 200 km away from Antalya.

  • Why is Pamukkale dry?

Since it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, the water has been allowed to run on the terraces with a certain programme to avoid the moss and an unpleasant color on the travertine.

  • Where to eat in Pamukkale?

Within the town of Pamukkale and Karahayıt (the neighbor town) there are several different restaurants where you can enjoy a nice lunch and dinner.

  • Is Pamukkale a wonder of the world?

Although Pamukkale has never been listed in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World throughout the whole history, for many people it is definitely a wonder.

  • Is Pamukkale safe?

As the water is constantly running on the visited part of the travertine terraces, some areas are quite slippery, so one should always be careful with their steps.

  • Who built Hierapolis Pamukkale?

The city was founded in the early 2nd century B.C. by Eumenes II, one of the kings of the Kingdom of Pergamon from the Attalid dynasty.

  • Is Pamukkale worth it?

With more than 2 millions of visitors every year, it is definitely worth it!

  • How to get to Pamukkale?

There are daily tours from many close cities such as Izmir, Antalya, Kuşadası, Denizli etc., also the province of Denizli houses Denizli Çardak Airport, Denizli Bus Terminal and a train station.

  • In which city is Pamukkale?

It is located within the province of Denizli in the western Türkiye.

  • What is Pamukkale made of?

Pamukkale is made of a type of rock that is called travertine, which is highly rich in calcium carbonate mineral.

  • Why is Pamukkale famous?

It is famous thanks to the ancient city of Hierapolis, the Antique Pool and the travertine terraces.

  • What is Pamukkale?

Pamukkale is a natural site located within the Denizli province in the western Türkiye, it is made of travertine terraces which form up through the years of a chemical process.

  • Where is Pamukkale located in Türkiye?

It is located within the province of Denizli in the western Türkiye.

  • When was Pamukkale formed?

Pamukkale is estimated to have formed up 400 thousand years ago as a result of a chemical and physical formation. 

  • Is Pamukkale cold?

As it is located close to the Mediterranean sea, the summers are relatively hot; however in the winter one always would need a thick coat.

  • How many days should a person accommodate in Pamukkale?

The visitors usually accommodate just one night in Pamukkale.  

  • Why is Pamukkale important/special?

It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Türkiye with more than 2 millions of visitors every year.

  • How far is Ephesus from Pamukkale?

There are almost 200 km between Ephesus and Pamukkale.

  • Where to go in Pamukkale?

The ancient ruins of Hierapolis, the Antique Pool and the travertine terraces are the most popular attractions in Pamukkale.

  • How far is Pamukkale from Istanbul?

There are more than 600 km between Pamukkale and Istanbul.

  • What does Pamukkale mean?

Pamukkale means “Cotton (Pamuk) Castle (Kale)” in Turkish which is a reference to the color and the height of the formation.

  • Where is Pamukkale thermal pools?

Pamukkale thermal pools are located inside the travertine terraces of Pamukkale.

  • When was Hierapolis-Pamukkale founded?

Hierapolis was founded in the early 2nd century B.C. 

  • What is Pamukkale thermal pools?

Pamukkale thermal pools are the puddles inside the travertine terraces which are highly rich in different minerals.

  • What is Pamukkale travertines?

The travertine is a type of rock which has been forming up for a chemical and physical process for 400 thousand years.

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