Marmaris to Pamukkale Tour. If you want to experience how nature creates beautiful sites then you should definitely pay a visit to Pamukkale. This is the most magnificent and amazing natural wonder which has been perfectly crafted by nature’s forces. This unique and beautiful destination is about 3 hours away from Marmaris if you travel by bus. The tour of Marmaris and Pamukkale leads yo to a place which is wet, exciting and kids friendly. The shiny white mountains that you experience at the Pamukkale are not made of ice or salt, rather they are the mountains of baths which formed gradually with mineral-rich thermal springs over the time of thousand years. Hierapolis & Pamukkale which means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish is considered one of the oldest thermal cities in the world.Pamukkale which is a district of Denizli Province is about 200 km away from Marmaris.The thermal waters of this UNESCO World Heritage site have been always attracted its visitors with its beauty and health purposes for centuries.
The local people of Pamukkale call it the “Cotton Castle”. This unique national park is a declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In Pamukkale, you will experience a wide array of mineral baths, huge stalactites, warm water pool, caves as well as a number of small streams that goes down the hill. Around thousand visitors tour this natural site during summers from Marmaris. Pamukkale is an overlooked natural wonder that is worth visiting whenever you vacation in Turkey’s southwestern region. The area contains numerous hot springs and carbonate mineral terraces (or travertines) that were left behind as mineral deposits from the river.
During the summer months, the main attraction here is the hot springs. The tourists love to bath in the natural hot springs with the company of their families and friends. At the outskirts of Pamukkale, Hierapolis which is an ancient city was living with full glory in the times of Roman Empire and was, therefore, a centre of holy rituals and cult practices. During the Roman empire, Hierapolis was an important religious, intellectual, commercial and artistic centre. The culture, beliefs, customs and traditions of this place at the moment are also influenced by the old Pagan Cult that was a part of this place when Hierapolis was alive and living. In your tour of Marmaris to Pamukkale, you are allowed to look at the area on your own. You can have a walk around the white travertine, pay a visit to the historical and ancient sites of the Necropolis and Hierapolis. You will also have the pleasure of cherishing the royal bath in the most popular Cleopatra pool in order to have the most amusing feel ever. There has been much one by the local government and the local people to reinstate this dead and ruined placed in order to make it a popular tourist attraction, however, the Cleopatra pool itself attracts around thousands of tourists every day. Whenever you pay a visit to the Pamukkale, it is advised that you bring your towel, sunglasses, swimming costumes, sun cream and comfortable shoes with you. Nevertheless, this place is not suitable for people with walking disabilities.
Here are the activities and attractions that you can find during your Marmaris Pamukkale tour.
Pamukkale is approximately around 210 km away from Marmaris and you are taken there by an easy and comfortable bus journey and the travel lasts for around only 3 hours. There is not a lot of traffic on the freeways, therefore, you will love the drive. You can also experience all the scenery that comes in between, this will be a joyful and comfortable road trip that you will love.
Pamukkale is full of mineral baths, stalactites, cataracts, cascades and basin which provide a characteristic experience to the beautiful mountains. Thermal hot springs go down from the calcium cliff which adds more beauty to this amazing place.
The Cleopatra’s pool which is near Pamukkale is open all the year and every visitor can easily swim there, there are no restrictions for swimming in Cleopatra’s pool. The water of the pool has some medicinal qualities and it is believed that it can cure some diseases. The experience of swimming in this pool is just one in a million and nothing’s like it.
The Marmaris Pamukkale tour provides you with the pick-up as well as drop-back service. You will also be given breakfast and lunch, in addition to this insurance is provided with a 3-hour stay in the Pamukkale with an English speaking guide. However, you have to pay extra for Cleopatra’s swimming pool and drinks as well for your personal expenditures.
Located 14 km to the north of the provincial center of Denizli, Pamukkale lies on a hill dominating the Plain of Menderes at an elevation of 160 m. The name of the city in the Etruscan/Pelasgian language is “Swaura,” meaning “Sacred City”. Indeed, the city was subsequently Hellenized by the Macedonians and Byzantines and called Hierapolis again to mean “sacred city.” It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.
The dazzling white calcite cliff of Pamukkale was created by calcium deposits from the area’s hot springs. In the same way that stalactites form within limestone caves, the deposits grow on the steep slopes, gradually fanning out to form natural terraces. Pamukkale means “cotton castle,” and the blinding white color of these travertines do look like a bizarre natural fortress of sorts. The best way to do your sightseeing here is to walk (barefoot only) from the base of the calcite mountain up the entire cliff ridge. The terraces at the upper levels hold pools of water, which you can sit in.
Situated above the Pamukkale white travertine pools is one particularly spectacular location fed by the same hot springs. Here you can bath in the same waters in which Cleopatra once swam! A professionally run modern spa facility allows you to enjoy these historical healing waters. If you are visiting Pamukkale and want to enjoy a relaxing swim amongst Roman ruins in the famous Hierapolis hot springs, the Antique Pool is a modern spa complex with a thermal pool that is open to the public. The pool is surrounded by lush greenery and in it are marble columns, capitals and plinths that are believed to have fallen from the nearby Temple of Apollo during an earthquake, making this a sacred pool. Mineral-rich fresh water is constantly pumped in and the water felt warm to touch.
First founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon soon after 190 BC, Hierapolis was originally a fortified military colony. The original city was destroyed by an earthquake in AD 60, and it was after the rebuilding that its glory days began. The city enjoyed its greatest prosperity during the 2nd and 3rd century when, with its on-tap natural hot springs, it became an important spa center. The remains of a grand colonnaded street runs parallel to the travertines below for just over one kilometer, extending between the necropolis to the north and a Byzantine church at the southern end. From the church, if you take the eastern path, you come to the Temple of Apollo and its famed Plutonium (a cave beneath the temple that was a source of poisonous gas).
The great (12,000-seat) Roman amphitheater of Pamukkale Hierapolis should not be missed, and lies just above the travertines. The ancient city of Hierapolis is located on a 200 Meters high terrace of limestone depositsamid a wonderland of mineral water poolsand. The ancient city overlooks the modern town of Pamukkale in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region. Founded as a thermal spa in 190 BCby Eumenes II, the King of Pergamon, the city was most likely named for Hiero, the wife of the legendary founder of the Pergamene dynasty.
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