meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in
Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains
hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals
left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey's Inner
Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a
temperate climate for most of the year. Tourism is and has
been a major industry. People have bathed in its pools for
thousands of years. As recently as the mid-20th century,
hotels were built over the ruins of Hieropolis, causing
considerable damage. An approach road was built from the
valley over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go
up and down the slopes. When the area was declared a World
Heritage Site, the hotels were demolished and the road
removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in
the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.
Travertine is a kind of rock which is formed as calcium bicarbonate precipitates out of hot spring water. It may be formed in many ways under different atmospheric conditions. Geological activity of the past affected a large area in which the Pamukkale thermal springs are found. There are 17 thermal sources in this special area with temperatures ranging between 35-100°C. The source of Pamukkale is only one unit of that whole area.
The thermal water flows to the top of the cascades by a 320-meter-long channel and then flows on the cascades about 240-300 m. CaCO3 begins to precipitate on the cascades as the carbon dioxide evaporates, but in the beginning the precipitate is soft like gel. It needs time to completely dry and harden. In order to protect the cascades from destruction and to preserve their natural beauty.
Pamukkale is a tourist attraction. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site together with Hierapolis. Hierapolis-Pamukkale was made a World Heritage Site in 1988.
The underground volcanic activity which causes the hot springs also forced carbon dioxide into a cave, which was called the Plutonium meaning place of the god, Pluto. This cave was used for religious purposes by priests of Cybele, who found ways to appear immune to the suffocating gas. Tadpoles can be found in the pools.s.
We organize scheduled guided tours from all of holiday villages in Alanya...Individual tours available...
Tour duration : 1 days or 2 days.... Private tours for individuals, groups available
Included : 3 stars hotel room in HB, Transport from / to hotel, Professional guidance ( escorted by English, German, Russian, Polish speaker tourist guide ) , Insurance
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Available days : 2 days trips ( every monday, wednesday, saturday ), 1 days trips ( every monday, tuesday, thursday, friday, sunday )
Highlights of the trip ; Landscape and travertines ( white catton castle ) of Pamukkale region, thermal water pools, Hierapolis antique city and ruines, pottery making workshops, silk and silk carpet weaving looms and more
Tour season : All around year
Pick up available from ; Alanya city centre, Yeşilöz, Demirtaş, Seki, Kargıcak, Mahmutlar, Oba, Kestel, Tosmur, Cikcilli, Obagöl, Bektaş, Konaklı, Payallar, İncekum, Avsallar, Türkler, Okurcalar, Karaburun, Alara, Manavgat, Side holiday villages.
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