There are many visitors who want to come to Pamukkale for a day trip and not stay over. In this case, these visitors mostly travel with their luggage and do not want to carry bags on the travertine site. If you are travelling by yourself and not with a tour company, it is most likely that you have some luggage with you. If you want to drop off your luggage and bags before coming to Pamukkale, you have one option.
Laodicea is an ancient city that is located 5 km south of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Also known as Laodicea on the Lycus, the ancient city is situated south of Lycus river (today’s Çürüksu River). According to historians, the city was built between B.C. 261 - 263 by Antiochus II, who gave the city’s name after his wife, Laodice.
Laodicea was one of the most important cities in Anatolia in the first century B.C. Most of the artworks in the city were built in this century. Laodicea is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
The Antique Theater in Hierapolis is a well preserved structure that was built in 206 A.C. The structure is influenced by Greek Theaters and was built on a hill slope. The construction began in A.C. 62, after a big earthquake and it was completed in 206 A.C., so it took about 144 years to get it built. The structure can hold up to 12.000 people.
Tripolis Ad Meandrum is an ancient Phrygia city that is located 20 km northwest of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. It is built on a slope which is between Yenicekent town and Menderes river. The city was initially called Apollonia and then the name was changed to the Antoniopolis for a short period of time. In Hellenistic period, the city was a intersection for Phrygia, Caria and Lydia. Since it was a intersection for three cities, people started to call the city, Tripolis. Tripolis kept the name until people started to abandon the city in A.C. 7.
Denizli has a rich natural landscapes for resources for visitors all over the region. Eco Tourism in Denizli is fast growing tourism activity with its lakes, rivers, caves and waterfalls. If you come to Pamukkale and want to discover other natural beauties in the region, you can visit waterfalls in the area. Denizli currently has 3 waterfalls that are open to visitors.
Every year, there are two festivals that you can attend in Pamukkale during summer season. If you are in Pamukkale during those festivals, you can attend those festivals and make your trip more worthy.
Türkçevizyon - International Turkish Music Festival
Turkcevizyon is an annual festival that takes places in Antique Theatre in Pamukkale. Like Eurovision, which is a popular song contest in Europe, Turkcevizyon is a song contest which contestants come from Turkish countries, Balkan countries and Middle East countries. The festival has started in 2009 as an annual event and it takes place in summers. TRT, which is the state television, airs the event on TV. If your travel date matches with this festival, you can attend this festival and enjoy Turkish songs.
International Folk Dance Festival
Started in 2001, International Folk Dance Festival is an also an annual festival that is organized by Denizli Municipality. Folk dancers from all over the world attend this one week event. Dancers from Denizli Municipality, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Mexico, Poland and other countries perform their best to audience. Every year, dancers come from different countries which makes the event more diverse.
The event takes off as dancers start to parade in Denizli Downtown. Each day, they perform at a different location in Denizli. Other than Antique Theatre in Pamukkale, locations include Deliklicinar Square, Incilipinar Park and Ziya Tikiroglu Art Center for the premiere.
Pamukkale travertine terraces is one of the top tourist attractions in Turkey. Every year over 1.5 million tourists visit this paradise. It is often referred as the 8th Wonder of World and once you get Pamukkale, you will understand the reason behind that. It is a spectacular sight that looks made out of snow or cotton. The literal meaning of Pamukkale in Turkish is “Cotton Castle”. Pamukkale terraces is right next to ancient Roman city Hierapolis and it used to be health center in ancient times. It is still visited for both travel and health purposes.
Pamukkale travertine terraces are formed by the hot water that comes from its foundation that is 320 metres away from terraces. After the water leaves thermal springs, it is carried it by a 320 meter long canal to Pamukkale terraces and the water falls into terraces and forms the travertines. This water comes out at 35.6°C and highly contains calcium carbonate. This formation, initially, is very soft and it can be damaged so easily. Over time, the formation gets stronger and forms the travertine terraces as we see today. That’s why today, tourists won’t be allowed to go down parts of Pamukkale because walking on them will be damaging the formation and whiteness of terraces.
Kaklik Cave is one of the lesser known places among visitors in Denizli region. Kaklik Cave is usually referred as the Underground Pamukkale and it’s easy to understand why. Kaklik Cave has the same travertine structure as Pamukkale. The difference, however, it’s smaller in size and it’s inside a cave. The cave came to light after the collapse of its roof. After opening to tourists in 2002, Kaklik Cave started to earn visitor traction.
The water that comes out in the cave contains sulphur and high amount of sodium bicarbonate. This water is used for health purposes as well as agricultural irrigation in the area. Because the water contains sulphur, there’s a smell in the cave which explains the name that locals gave for this location, Kokarhamam Pinari (which can be translated as Smelling Bath Foundation).
Marmaris is one of the busiest beaches in summers in Turkey, along with other beaches such Fethiye and Bodrum. Marmaris is in Mugla region of Turkey and it’s approximately 210 km away from Pamukkale. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to get from Marmaris to Pamukkale. Marmaris is definitely at a good distance to take a day trip and you can definitely leave in the morning and comeback to Marmaris overnight. You have couple of options to take a trip from Marmaris to Pamukkale.
Bus is the most used transportation type in Turkey and there are there are multiple buses that you can take from Marmaris to get to Pamukkale through Denizli. As you probably already know, most buses go to Denizli Bus Station which is 20 minutes away from Pamukkale and then travelers take a shuttle or taxi from there to get to Pamukkale.
Pamukkale Turizm is one of the most popular bus companies in Turkey and it has the most buses in southwestern Turkey. Pamukkale Turizm buses have wireless internet and LCD screen for every seat for Marmaris route. The ticket price is about 27 TL. You can find detailed information about Pamukkale Turizm on this page.
|The Daily Bus Schedule from Marmaris to Denizli|
Metro Turizm is another popular bus company in Turkey and it has 2 buses running daily between Marmaris and Denizli.
Taking a tour is a convenient choice to take a day trip from Marmaris to Pamukkale. Since tour companies will take care everything for you, you don’t really need to worry about your transportation, plus you will also be provided a tour guide.
The tour named “Pamukkale: Full-Day Tour from Marmaris” provides an air-conditioned bus, breakfast and lunch. The tour also covers the fees for entrance to Pamukkale. You can click here for more information.
Other tour named “Pamukkale from Marmaris” is also a day trip tour. It includes entrance fees, lunch and breakfast during the tour. You will be travelling with air-conditioned coach and will be going back to Marmaris at 20:00. Click here for more information.
Alanya is one of the top tourist attractions with its beautiful beaches. Alanya is approximately 370 km away from Pamukkale and it takes about 6 hours to get from there to Pamukkale. Since the distance is longer than places like Kusadasi, it may not be very convenient to take a daily trip. If you will, you should leave early in the morning to truly enjoy Pamukkale. Taking a longer, 2 or 3 day trip however, would be more convenient from Alanya.
Taking a bus is most common way to get from Alanya to Denizli. There are bus companies that run buses everyday between two locations, so it shouldn’t be a problem to find the bus for your schedule.
Pamukkale Turizm is a popular bus company in Turkey and it has the most buses that run between Alanya and Denizli. Most of their buses have LCD screens where you can play games or listen to music and they also have wireless internet. Some of their have plug sockets, so you can charge your laptop or phone on the road. You can buy tickets for around 38 TL from Pamukkale Turizm branches in Alanya. You can find detailed information about Pamukkale Turizm on this page.
|The Daily Bus Schedule from Alanya to Denizli|
Uludag and Metro Turizm
Uludag Turizm is a good alternative to Pamukkale Turizm from Alanya. Their buses have amenities such as wireless internet. There are currently two buses that take off from Alanya at 17:15 and 20:45. Uludag tickets can be found for around 30 TL.
Metro Turizm have 3 buses running at 10:00, 20:00 and 21:00. A ticket costs between 35 TL and 38 TL.
Joining a tour is a good alternative to see Pamukkale from Alanya as there are tours that departure from Alanya. Tours will take care everything for you, plus you will be provided a tour guide. You can take a daily tour for $50 which includes Pamukkale travertines, Hierapolis, Antique Pool and Karahayit on to do list. Click here for more information. You can also take a 2 day tour as well, if you like to spend more time in Pamukkale. 2 day tour costs $60. Click here for more information.
If you don’t want to be tied to certain schedule and want to be more flexible, you can rent a car from Alanya. Europcar, popular rental company has branches in Alanya as well as in Denizli. So, it’s possible to rent your car from Alanya and then drop it off in Denizli. You can book your rental car online and on location. You can go to Europcar page to get more information.