Thanks to its natural beauty and hot, calcium-rich waters Pamukkale is Turkey's best-known mineral bath spa. As the water cascades over ledges it cools, forming striking travertines (ledges) of calcium that create pools.
Pamukkale (or "cotton fortress") has been used as a medicinal and sacred spa since Roman times, when the ancient city of Hierapolis was built around a hot-water spring. The sacred pool is still there today, dotted with marble columns from an ancient Temple of Apollo. You can even swim in it.
Unfortunately mass development in the 1990s means that Pamukkale isn't the quaint backpackers’ haunt it once was. However, it's still a unique spot and what's more, a convenient overnight resting place if you're travelling between Turkey's western towns and cities.
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