Turkey is one of the most impressive touristic gems in the world. Whilst being a haven of its historical heritage, great cuisine, white-sand beaches and soaring mountains, Turkey is also a harbor of a magnificent thermal spring. Colloquially known as the “Cotton Castle” of Turkey, Pamukkale is one of the most happening destinations you should look out for!
Sprawled in the Aegean region, this part of Turkey experiences a temperate climate for most of the year. This travertine is spread across 2,700 meters (8,860 ft.), and is 600 m (1,970 ft.) wide and 160 m (525 ft.) high. They are raised from the ground at 35°C. It is known as one of the most ethereal spas that nature offers.
How they were created?
This exquisite landmark was created due to the shifting in the valley of the Menderes River. As they shifted, very hot springs erupted that had a high amount of mineral content (especially chalk, calcium carbonate and limestone). This gave Pamukkale its whiteness. It is nothing but calcium that is washed down in the water that has been hardened over the centuries.
There are about seventeen hot water springs in total which vary in temperature from steaming hot to lukewarm. Pamukkale witnesses throngs of tourists visiting each year to partake in this leisurely bath. People come in large numbers to experience the healing effects of the water as it is said to cure high blood pressure, deals with skin and eye diseases, cures ills of asthma and helps overcome circulation problems.
It is quite hot during the summer; while on the other hand the winter is freezing cold. Control regulations have imposed restriction on wearing shoes, to make it a point that the travertine stays white. As a result, you are required to walk barefoot on the cascades which can prove to be a difficult task. In case, you don’t wish to visit the travertine in the scorching heat, you can avail night tours, as well.
With its growing popularity, many hotels had encroached to make money from the always arriving tourists. People misused the place by riding bikes up and down the slopes, spring water was used in the hotel pools and the wasted water was released in the spring pools, which eventually turned the place brownish. Visitors mistook them for private baths, and bathe in them using soaps and shampoos. Pamukkale was losing its spark and attracted fewer visitors, until the Pamukkale-Hierapolis area was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988.
In former times, Cleopatra herself used to bathe in these soothing springs, and today every visitor can experience a luxurious bath set against one of nature’s most alluring backdrop.
Indulge in this Turkey vacation, take a stroll along the water, and let the splashes caress your feet, and as the storm picks up and the water becomes full of life, feel the immense bliss and joy that is indeed going to last for a lifetime. Book for your Turkey holidays now, and pamper yourself in this alluring bathing spree.