Pamukkale Journals

Touring Pamukkale

An October 1997 trip to Pamukkale by Re Carroll

Terraced Pools Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey More Photos
Quote: We journeyed to Pamukkale to see the hot springs pools but found there is more to this town than that.

Touring Pamukkale

Overview

At the pools Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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Pamukkale’s natural beauty made it a poster child for Turkish tourism and a photographer’s delight. Magazines and travel agencies sang the praises of the white terraced pools that are perched haphazardly along the limestone cliff above town. This blindingly white natural landmark was created centuries ago when the calcium salts in the underground hot springs bubbled to the surface, cooled and became solid. Stalactites formed around the pools and water from mountainside springs filled the pools to create the appearance of a North Pole fantasy land. I couldn’t wait to get into my own private "hot tub" and relax, just like the people in the posters. Unfortunately, when we got to Pamukkale, I ...Read More

Hotel Sahin

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Hotel

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We hadn't prebooked a hotel in Pamukkale so when we were met at the bus station by a young man offering to show us to a hotel we said sure. The hotel belonged to his family and was located in the old part of town, about a 10 minute walk from the bus station. It was an older building and didn't have TV or air conditioning but had lovely roses blooming in the small garden and the price was right (approx. $25.00 U.S.).Our room was on the second floor and was very large with high ceilings. It was a bit run down and sparsely furnished but was clean and had a double bed, large closet and private bathroom. The bathroom was small but had a shower with lots of hot water.The hotel had a small swim...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Hotel Sahin
Pamukkale
Pamukkale, Turkey
(258) 272-2180

Mustafa Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This restaurant is above the motel of the same name and is on a main road in the middle of town. There is indoor dining on the main floor or covered outside dining on the upstairs terrace that is decorated with strings of coloured lights. This is where we sat and people watched while we enjoyed our meal. The lamb kebabs were served on a sizzling platter that was heaped with rice and vegetables and my 'light' meal of omelette & tzatziki was very filling. I'd also recommend the owner's homemade red wine which packs a punch but is suprisingly good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Mustafa Restaurant
Pamukkale
Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis

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Attraction

Hierapolis Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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Although most people come to Pamukkale to visit the terraced pools, the ancient site of Hierapolis, just across the street, is another must see. The name means "Holy City" and, during its life time, it was the site for everything from pagan temples to Christian churches. The surrounding hot springs were famous for their healing properties and were thought to help with various physical ailments as well as smoothing and conditioning the skin. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the city was at the height of its prosperity. The calcium salts in the water were used to help set dyes and fabrics made in Hierapolis were in great demand. There was also a quarry that exported marble found nearby. Of cou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Hierapolis
top of the Pamukkale hill
Pamukkale, Turkey

Terraced Pools

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Attraction

Terraced Pools Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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Pamukkale is surrounded by hot springs and the plateau above town is filled with terraced pools that jut out like a giant albino strawberry planter. This is caused by the calcium salts in the underground hot springs that bubbled to the surface, cooled and eventually hardened. Water from the mountainside springs flowed down the plateau and filled these pools and on sunny days, the sunlight is reflected in these pools that are spread randomly over the side of plateau. They have been popular for centuries because of the reputed healing effects of the minerals in the water. People came here to bathe, hoping for cures for poor circulation, heart, kidney and nerve problems or to restore skin’s youthful...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

Terraced Pools
Pamukkale
Pamukkale, Turkey

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No, this isn’t the name of a drug although these sugary sweets can be pretty addictive as my husband and I discovered to the regret of our waistline. Also called lokum, they have been a staple of Turkish desserts for centuries. Originally, it was made with dates, honey, roses and gum and was used to sweeten the breath. Modern day lokum is made from sugar, corn starch and gum and comes in a large selection of flavors. Many varieties contain nuts like pistachios, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. Another traditional flavor is rose water which has a very "perfumey" taste that takes some getting used to. The candies are rolled in coconut or sprinkled with powdered sugar which makes a ...Read More

About the Writer

Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia