Luggage Storage

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denizli-otogar-bus-stationThere 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.

Pamukkale Travertine Terraces

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pamukkale-pools-1Pamukkale 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.

Formation

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.

Rental Car Information

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Renting a car in Denizli and exploring different places that Denizli offers, is a choice for visitors. But, How do you rent a car? Can you rent a car at Denizli Cardak Airport? Your question are answered here.

What’s more fun than a good road trip? If you like to travel with a flexible schedule and have no bonds to tours or buses, renting a car is your option. :) You can rent a car in Denizli Cardak Airport as well as Denizli City Center, wherever is more convenient for you. Unfortunately, you can’t rent a car in Pamukkale.

Denizli is a fast growing city and the traffic can be jam sometimes in the city center. To avoid traffic, you can rent your car in the airport and go to Pamukkale directly. Since there is not much traffic between the airport and Pamukkale, it might be a good choice to rent your car from the airport. For those who are coming to Pamukkale by not using plane therefore not using the airport, the most convenient place to rent your car is of course, Denizli City Center. However, you should avoid rush hours to not stuck in traffic. Probably the best way to rent your car is really in the morning or in the evening.

Where is Pamukkale in Turkey?

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So, you’ve heard about Pamukkale and decided to go there. As you are  making your travel plans, you are probably wondering where exactly Pamukkale is in Turkey. “How to get there?” “Is it far from Istanbul or other places you are travelling to in Turkey?” Pamukkale is in the Aegean region of Turkey which is the southwest part of Turkey.

Pamukkale is close to both Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea. Pamukkale is in Denizli region which is the textile capital of Turkey. It’s placed 20 kilometers away from Denizli City Center and 10 kilometers away from ancient city Laodikeia. Hierapolis is right next to Pamukkale.

The weather of Pamukkale is usually warm throughout the year and it has a nice climate for travelling.

You can easily find buses from major cities like Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya and Mugla as well as touristic places like Kusadasi and Bodrum throughout the day.

Getting Pamukkale

By Plane
turkish-airlines-1Pamukkale as we mentioned, is in Denizli region and the closest and only airport to Pamukkale is Denizli Cardak Airport. Only Istanbul at this point have flights to Denizli Cardak Aiport. Denizli Cardak Airport is in Cardak county and it’s 70 km away from Pamukkale and you can easily find a transportation to get to Pamukkale. There are 3 airlines that are operating between Istanbul and Denizli: Turkish Airlines, Borajet and Pegasus Airlines. Turkish Airlines departures from Istanbul Ataturk Airport as Borajet and Pegasus Airlines departures from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can find information about transfers between two airports on this page.

By Bus

pamukkale-busBus is one of the most used transportation options in Turkey and you can find many buses from many locations to Denizli. Most cities in the region and most major cities in Turkey have buses to Denizli everyday. Taking a bus is convenient and affordable way to travel to Pamukkale. It’s important to know that most buses come to Denizli Bus Station (Denizli Otogar). Although some buses directly go to Pamukkale from places like Kusadasi, majority of buses use Denizli Bus Station as their hub. To get from Denizli Bus Station to Pamukkale, you can take a dolmus (minibus) that takes off frequently from there or you can take a taxi. Either way, it will take about 20 minutes to get to your hotel in Pamukkale.

By Train

izmir-denizli-trainThere’s a train route between Izmir and Denizli that you can also use to travel. This is the only train route that connects to Denizli, so if you would like to come to Pamukkale from Izmir, Adnan Menderes Airport or Selcuk, you can take this train. It will take about 4 hours to get from Izmir to Denizli and the ride costs 18.75 TL for one-way.

Istanbul 620 km
Antalya 228 km
Izmir 240 km
Fethiye 235 km
Kusadasi 186 km
Selcuk 183 km
Marmaris 195 km

Legend of Pamukkale

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pamukkale-travertines-2Once upon a time, there was a girl who was poor and ugly who lived near Pamukkale. She wasn’t married and she didn’t really care how much money they had or how poor they were but ugliness really frustrated her. When boys saw her on the street, they would just change their way to avoid her. One day, she couldn’t stand that and she climbed Cokelez Mountain. She didn’t want to live anymore and she jumped off the mountain. However she didn’t die and she found herself in one of Pamukkale pools and she stayed there unconscious for a long time. While she was laying there, a Denizli Lord was passing by and he noticed a girl laying down in Pamukkale. He thought she was dead but realized she was just unconscious. He approached to her and realized she was one of the most beautiful girls he has ever seen. As she recovered herself, they fell in love and got married shortly after.

From that moment on, women started to believe the beautifying effects of Pamukkale. To find out more about Pamukkale Travertine Terraces, click here.

Weather in Pamukkale

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A mainly sunny sky. High 26C. Winds light and variable.
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Pamukkale has a nice, warm climate throughout the year. Because it’s placed in southwest part of Turkey and is close to Mediterranean and Aegean sea, visitors benefit from this good climate. Every year, over a million tourists visit Pamukkale and enjoy this paradise anytime throughout the year. But, “what is the best time time to come to Pamukkale? Can you come to Pamukkale in winter?”

Winter

The idea of coming to Pamukkale in winter might scare you off. But even in the winter, Pamukkale doesn’t get too cold because of its good geographical location. The temperature gets under 0°C usually just for a week. If you avoid that particular time, you sure will be fine. As you can see average temperatures in the chart below, the cold won’t likely be an obstacle during your trip. As for the snow, it snows in Denizli rarely, depending the year.  It might snow just a couple days in a year, but that might change to 2 weeks in following year. The mentioned time frame is usually in January and if you avoid this time of period, you have the time to enjoy Pamukkale rest of the year. But that’s also not a problem for many because since you will be enjoying Hot Springs, you won’t even feel cold.

Spring

Spring is considered one of the two best times to come and enjoy White Paradise. Spring in Denizli and Pamukkale is fascinating to see blossoms covering the way you walk while feeling the mild and soft wind. It’s a great time to enjoy travertines and Antique Pool. The temperature is around 20°C and it’s definitely a very good time for your travel.

Summer

Summers are usually really hot and the temperature is usually between 30°C and 40°C. Since it’s the travel season, Pamukkale gets most of its visitors in this time period.

Autumn

Autumn is also very good season to choose to come Pamukkale. The temperature is similar to spring season and the sight of yellow leaves falling down from trees is definitely amazing.

To conclude, best time of the year surely depends on you. Some like to enjoy Hot Springs in winter, some like the hot summer weather to enjoy their travel. Probably the best time of the year in Pamukkale, considered by many, is Spring and Autumn.

The chart below shows the average temperature of Pamukkale in a year.

January February March April May June
Average High 11°C 12°C 16°C 21°C 27°C 32°C
Average Low 3°C 3°C 6°C 10°C 14°C 18°C
July August September October November December
Average High 36°C 35°C 30°C 25°C 18°C 11°C
Average Low 22°C 21°C 17°C 12°C 8°C 4°C