PAMUKKALE GUIDE QUESTIONS:
Pamukkale is a historical city with amazing temples, hot springs rich in minerals, and Roman sacred pools. You can explore many marvelous UNESCO world heritage sites and natural wonders.
Why should anyone visit the city?
There are a number of hot springs rich in calcium, magnesium sulfate and bicarbonate. Water temperature naturally remains between 36 to 38 degrees. Mostly visitors come to Pamukkale for these natural waters which are said to be curing many health problems like skin diseases, high blood pressure, digestive problems, eye problems and many more.
How does one get to the destination (airport, ferry or others)?
You can use a taxi from any close city in Turkey to Pamukkale. Different bus companies also offer service from almost every city in the country. If you are traveling with family, then you can hire a minibus to reach the city.
The nearest airport is Denizli-Cardak Airport that receives flights for Pamukkale. You can get a bus or shuttle at a small price to reach Pamukkale. Another airport that is used for the city is Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport that is almost 4 hours away.
You can book the train ticket to reach Denizli train station for Pamukkale.
Is the city safe? What areas are not safe?
It is very safe in Pamukkale whereas the basic precautions should be followed. It is mandatory to take care of your belongings. Solo females should keep common travel safety things in mind and dress conservatively. Do not roam around in bikinis or try to wear a full bath suit. You can wear a bikini on beaches and other bathing places but change them or cover yourself while returning to the hotel.
What’s the weather like?
- November to mid-February is a good time to visit the city because it is January and the temperature mostly remains pleasant. January is the only chilly month when the temperature falls below 0 degree.
- February to April is the best time to take a dip into the natural hot springs. This is the spring season so the blossoms make it more beautiful.
- May to mid-August is the summer months. The temperature is very hot and remains between 30 to 40 degrees C. This is the high tourism time and the prices are also very high.
- August to October is the best and most entertaining time to visit Pamukkale. Most popular festivals are organized in September. The temperature remains very pleasant and tourism is also moderate.
What languages are spoken in the area? Is English spoken?
The official language of Pamukkale is Turkish. People associated with the tourism industry speak English whereas it will be a little difficult for you if you are going to one of the villages.
What’s the local currency?
Is US Dollar widely accepted?
The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira and it is used in Pamukkale. You cannot use US Dollar at most of the places in Pamukkale. However, there are many ATM machines in the entire city that you can use to get money. Do not forget to activate your ATM card pin at your bank that issued the card.
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
Pamukkale city center is the best area to stay in. It offers every type of accommodation and a huge variety of activities. You can also visit many tourist attractions easily. The city has limited accommodation options.
What’re your top 3 hotels (budget, moderate, luxury) and why?
- Anatolia Hotel is a budget accommodation located at a very convenient distance from the main attractions of Pamukkale. The hotel has a swimming pool, offers free Wi-Fi and some of the rooms have balconies.
- Venus site hotel is located at a very convenient distance from the thermal waters of the antique pool and the ancient city of Laodicea. The hotel has a garden, swimming pool, free internet, and well-decorated rooms.
- Hierapark Thermal and SPA hotel is an amazing option to stay for the most comfortable experience. It has a spa with a variety of treatments, a swimming pool, terraces, balconies, hammam, sauna, and many more. Luxury toiletries are complimentary and the guests are offered Free Wi-Fi complimentary breakfast and dinner.
How does one get around the city? Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
Pamukkale is a very small town so almost every place is easily accessible by walk. You can easily get to the nearby villages, towns, hot springs, and other attractions.
Can you highlight the Top 5 MUST see sightseeing?
- Travertines are the white calcite areas made due to the calcium deposits. There are natural terraces and caves of limestone. The name of Pamukkale was given in the 2nd century due to them which means cotton castle. You can only walk barefoot in this magical white place filled with water.
- Hierapolis City Ruins belongs to 190 B.C. This was the military colony of its time that was destroyed by an earthquake. It was an important spa center due to the hot springs and remained in its full glory during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. You can explore different places like temples, churches, necropolis, caves, and many more.
- Hierapolis Theatre is located at the slop of the remaining ruins of the city. It has 100 meters long 26 rows for seating. It was very well preserved during the reigns of the Roman emperors. It also has the imperial boxes where royals used to sit and watch the entertainment area.
- Pamukkale Antique Pool is also a very beautiful site that was used by the Romans for soaking in the hot water. the mineral rich hot water remains at the temperature of 36oC. It is surrounded by beautiful stone panels and rocks.
- Karahayit Hot springs is very rich in minerals with the maximum temperature of 55oC. You can take a dip in these chalk coated rocks having water the calcium carbonate and various oxides. The water of different pools has various colors due to the presence of minerals.
What’s the best place to take a photo?
Pamukkale is a very unique place and you would love to click pictures of almost every corner of the city especially the springs. One of the unmissable places is Aphrodisias. These are the ruins of an ancient Turkish colony belonging to the 4th millennium B.C.
What about the top 3 restaurants?
You will find many delicious places to eat in the city with spectacular ambiance or views of the surroundings. Some of the best restaurants are:
- Asian kitchen and Coffee – Korean and Chinese food
- Traverten Pide – Chinese, Pizza, Turkish
- Onur restaurant – Turkish
What about the top 3 breakfast places?
Some of the places to enjoy an amazing morning meal are:
- Hierra Coffee and teahouse – American and fast food place
- Cadde Grill House – Turkish and European food
- Mehmet’s Heaven – Turkish
What’s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
Baklava is a type of Turkish sweet that is available in different types of filling. You can try that from any dessert store of Pamukkale. This is filled with dry fruits and nuts and coated with sweet syrup. You can also take it as a gift for your loved ones.
What about food markets?
- Pamukkale Fethiye Market
- Can market
Where should one go at night? Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
- Fenomen Burger House café Pub is located in Pamukkale
Pamukkale visitors usually head towards Denizli for the nightlife. Some of the best clubs to visit there are:
- Marina Clup
- Kayas wine house
Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
Some of the beautiful roof top terraces with amazing panoramic views of the surrounding are:
- Ayapam Hotel
- Ozbay Hotel
Can you recommend the best shopping areas? Best shopping mall?
- Karatas Malatya Pazan
- Pamukkale market
Do you recommend any tours outside the city? Islands? Boat Tours?
- Trip to Denizli
- Cappadocia from Pamukkale
Are Casinos allowed? Blackjack tables? If so, what’s the best Casino in town?
Casinos are illegal in Turkey. You will not find any gambling place in Pamukkale.
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
- Do not forget a waterproof cover for your mobile phone and camera to click some amazing photos at the springs.
- Be prepared and pack your clothes according to hot springs, travertines and terraces of carbonate minerals water.
- Keep your sunglasses especially in summers because the chalky cascades reflect sunrays. You need to walk barefoot in the entire area for the hot springs.