A visit to Pamukkale is a wonder to the eyes! The name translates to English as ‘cotton castle’ and it is easy to see why. As you approach Pamukkale by road the first thing you see are the white travertines, cascading down the mountainside. As you approach closer you can see the calcified pools, with their sky blue reflection. You might see the climb as daunting at first, but be assured, the rocks are not slippery or sharp (you have to climb barefoot).
One of the biggest surprises is how easy they are to negotiate, and there is nothing quite like dipping your heels in the cool, healing waters of the rock pools. Some are even deep enough to have a swim. The travertines are formed by centuries of calcified waters pouring from an underground source in the mountain. The waters are said to have a healing effect for many illnesses.
Perhaps that is why there has been a city at the top of the Travertines for thousands of years. Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, unique in its appearance, with Yellow Stone Park in the USA, the only other known formation of this kind. To keep the travertines white in Pamukkale it has been decreed that no footwear is allowed on the rocks themselves and this is, today, strictly adhered to.
When you reach the top of the rock pools you arrive at the ancient city of Hierapolis. Often thought of as the poor relation to neighbouring Ephesus, Hierapolis is anything but. First constructed on an already ancient site by King Bergama Attalus III way back in 190 BC, Hierapolis became a thriving city of ancient times, thanks to its healing waters and high proximity to deter invaders.
This did not stop the Roman invasion of what was ancient Greece and in 133BC Hierapolis came under Roman government. The Roman Necropolis is over 2 kilometres long and very much intact today.
For anyone with a love of biblical history, in 1988 the burial place of St Philip was discovered here. Saint Philip, the apostle, was killed and buried in Hierapolis. You will be able to visit his shrine and basilica.
Hierapolis is also home to Cleopatra’s Pool. A thermal spa where you can bathe in the waters where the famous Cleopatra once bathed. With its alleged healing properties you can swim among the fallen columns of this once proud city. The water heats to around 36 degrees celsius and you can swim almost to the very source of the underground flow.
In 2023, price of Pamukkale Tour from Fethiye is 50 € for adults, 30 € for children between age 4 and 7, free for children at and under 3 years old.
Every Tuesday & Friday, between March – November from 06:00 to 20:00.
The fully air conditioned, coach, leaves from Olu Deniz at 06:00, from Hisaronu and Ovacik at 06:15 and at 06:30 from Fethiye. The estimated return time is between 19:30 and 20:00. You will take your seats on the luxury coach with all modern conveniences and begin your journey towards the North. There will be a short stop along the way to allow you to take some breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.
Your guide will be with you throughout most of the day on hand to give you information about the area. You will visit the ancient site of Hierapolis where you will be able to explore the many artefacts and ruins. You will also visit the Necropolis which is a fine example of an ancient burial ground, littered with sarcophagi and burial mounds.
After exploring the area you will have some free time in which you can continue your exploration or take to the cascading pools. There is also an optional extra of taking a dip in the thermal waters that so many have visited over the centuries.
There is a visitors centre located at the top of the travertines where you can relax and have a drink. Afterwards, we drive to restaurant for your open-buffet meal consisting more than 40 options.
After a day out that you will remember for a very long time you will meet back at the coach ready to begin your hotel bound journey back to Fethiye.
Cost of Pamukkale Tour from Fethiye is 50 € for adults, 30 € for children between age 4 and 7, free for children at and under 3 years old in 2023.
The journey from Fethiye to Pamukkale takes around 3 hours by main road. There will be ample convenience breaks made along the way and you will enjoy passing through Turkish towns and villages, allowing you a glimpse at the country outside of your resort.
For young and old without mobility problems, this is an ideal tour. Children love the idea of so many paddling pools to splash about in as you climb to the top and the city itself. Even once you arrive at Hierapolis, with its glorious flora and fauna, you can admire the far stretching view as you enter the famous gates of history.
Entries for the Cleopatra’s Pool are optional extras and are payable on site. Drinks are payable extras. Bring some money with you for your personal expenditure throughout the day, like snacks or drinks.
Your swimsuit, sunglasses and sun creams, together with towel and sensible footwear. You will not be permitted to wear your shoes on the travertines, however they are easy to walk on. N.B. Only where you see green algae is it slippery, do take care when you see it.