I’m not sure there are many places like Pamukkale in the world because when you see it in reality, nothing can compare to it.
The name apparently translates into ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish and these amazing calcium rich mineral terraces are situated right next to what was once the ancient town of Hierapolis, both sites are UNESCO heritage listed.
You can view the ruins of the town while you’re here too if you can drag yourself away from scenery like this.
Swimming here is possible but no shoes are allowed in order to preserve it and they are quite shallow. If you want to actually swim there’s Cleopatra’s Pool located a short walk away and you can pay to enter.
I would best describe Cleopatra’s Pool as a man made lagoon comprised of natural mineral water but it was very touristy and busy while I was there so I gave it a miss in favour of spending more time just hanging out around the calcium terraces and enjoying the unique and fantastic views!
Pamukkale is about 8 hours drive from Istanbul and 2.5 hours from Kusadasi, which is where I came from before my stop here on the way to Gallipoli.