Pamukkale White Terraces

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  • Day112

    Long valley ride

    September 18, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Our day started with a Turkish breakfast Cemil prepared for us. Then, all family members got up to say goodbye to us. It was nice and cool at an elevation above 600m, a perfect temperature for cycling. We had the hardest part of the route in the morning. 2 long and steep climbs with a descent in between in the first 10km. Afterwards, we had an epic downhill ride on a small road into a huge flat. Unfortunately, it was steep, so another 10km later we were back at 50m above sea level.
    From here, we had another 120km ahead of us, all along this pretty flat valley. First on bad but quiet secondary roads, then on the highway. Luckily, we had tailwinds as soon as we reached the highway, so we could roll fast on the smooth asphalt. And the traffic wasn't as bad as expected either. At some stage, we stopped for lunch at a small shop and bought something to drink with our lunch. The owner of the shop was so nice, he brought us 2 chairs and a table to sit and make our breads and also gave us a big bottle of water and some crackers.
    The last 30km were slower again as we took small roads to Pamukkale where we were going to spend the night. We checked into a family run hotel, went for a swim in the pool and took a walk through the town. The town is built because of the white travertine terraces and the ancient ruins. Therefore, there's no real town center and most buildings are either hotels or restaurants. It doesn't even have a supermarket, so it was quite hard to find vegetables for dinner. However, we found some in the end and cooked dinner on our balcony.
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  • Day8

    Old city en roadtrip na Pamukkale

    November 28, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Ons het opgestaan en ontbyt gaan eet, maar moes wag vir ons klere wat gewas is voor ons kon ry. Toe dit uiteindelik terug is het ons na die hek van Hadrian gegaan en rondgeloop in die ou stad, wat verskriklik mooi is. Van daar af is ons na Düden watervalle in die stad. Die watervalle het grotte agter hulle, wat in 'n oorlog gebruik was as 'n weermag basis omdat mens dit nie kan sien as jy voor die watervalle staan nie. Ons het toe verder gery en langs die pad by 'n restaurant gestop wat net sampioendisse bedien. Riekie het sampioen küfte geëet en ek het sampioenkerrie geëet - van die lekkerste kos op ons trip. O, en daar was natuurlik sampioenbrood ook. Ons het laatmiddag by Pamukkale aangekom en besluit om nie verder te ry nie, maar eerder hier te bly vanaand en more die soutbaddens te verken. Lekker vroeg aandjie.Read more

    Vanessa Wolmarans

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  • Oct22


    October 22, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Pamukkale is a town in western Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside. It neighbors Hierapolis, an ancient Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. Ruins there include a well-preserved theater and a necropolis with sarcophagi that stretch for 2km. The Antique Pool is famous for its submerged Roman columns, the result of an earthquake.Read more

  • Day66

    Pamukkale & Karahayıt

    October 5, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Pamukkale is famous all over the world for its natural site build by carbonate mineral left by flowing water. Seen from the bottom, for us it was just an overpriced white mountain full of tourists searching for the perfect photo.
    But as always the good lies not far from the bad. In Karahayıt, a small village nearby, we enjoyed a sunset bath in the beautiful hot springs surrounded by many Turkish families.
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  • Day51

    D51 Turkey - Selcuk to Pamukkale

    August 24, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    A Snapshot of Our Day

    Photo 1 - Those of us not too sickly this morning walked a few minutes up the hill to an old Roman church that Saint John the apostle is believed to have been buried. Our guide Mete made it very clear that this may have been THE John....or maybe A John.

    Photo 2 - This was a sign that helped the Romans with their building strategy, think side A goes with side B. I’m sure IKEA has been inspired by this forward thinking initiative.

    Photo 3 - From the Saint John fortress there were beautiful views of many orange and pomegranate fields!

    Photo 4 - The cats at our hotel were hilarious. We think it was a mother and two daughters combo who were constantly chasing themselves around and playing in the small courtyard.

    Photo 5 - My feet enjoying the soothing feel of the Pamukkale calcium deposits. They formed the coolest patterns that made it really easy to hike our way to the top!

    Photo 6 - The small pools of water that were staggered up the mountain were full of tourists, both Turkish and international. We soon discovered that many young Turkish children don’t like the feel of rough ground under their feet, and choose to throw public tantrums in protest. Sigh.

    Photo 7 - Mr. Cool.

    Photo 8 - Halfway to the top! There were some pool at the bottom of the mountain that had been drained, perhaps because people preferred a more scenic swim!

    Photo 9 - The so called “Cleopatra’s Pool” which was located at the summit, was a popular destination for all due to the waters famous healing and soothing qualities (If you have been diagnosed with CCF, varicose veins or even chronic dandruff, then make a been line for Pamukkale!). We all paid the small entry fee to enter and spent a good 1.5 hours enjoying the cool waters, while trying to not stub put toes on the ancient Roman ruins that lay underneath us!

    Photo 10 - We raced down the hill in the hope that we’d get the classic sunset -reflecting-off-the-pond look. Alas, no luck. But we did enjoy another striking end to our day!
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  • Day4

    Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour

    October 20, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    It took us 3 hour to reach Pamukkale from Kusadasi. Pamukkale means Cotton Castle.
    Pamukkale is a world heritage site which has deposits of calcium carbonate from the hot springs alongside the mountain and is white in color.

    There is very little water in the banks. As we understood, the water is diverted to ensure moss does not form which would turn the whole area green.
    We went to Heirapolis (Heira - Holy , Pholis - City) from Pamukkale.

    Here we saw the magnificent Amphitheatre which can seat around 10000 people. There was also the site of St Philip's (one of the apostles) church/grave which was discovered just 10 yrs ago.
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  • Day47

    Hieropolis, Pamukkale & Dervishes

    February 24, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Off to the town of Pamukkale today to explore the ancient site of Hieropolis. Thousands of years ago, thousands flocked here for the healing power of the waters in the spa pools of Pamukkale. The calcium carbonate waters flowed in shallow pools, creating white cliffs that hung above the grounds below. Aside from Cappadocia, this was the part of the Turkey tour that I'd looked forward to most, having read about it before it in travel articles online.

    We started at the northern gate where few go, walking through cemeteries outside the city. Not everyone was admitted in, and likely many who were too sick, perished and were buried here. Most visitors start closer to the cliffs and only see a small part of the ruins.

    There's also a beautiful theatre in ruins here that is quite high up, those afraid of heights take heed, but the photos are so worth it.

    The waters in the pools are supposed to be heated to 28C but some of the pools had cool waters, perhaps chilled by the winter air. You need to remove your shoes and socks before walking into the area, and the ground can be either hard for your feet or slippery depending where you were. If you wear shorts or roll up your pants, you can walk through the water. Want to be more submerged? Bring your swim suit, it's not deep enough to swim but you can certainly sit in a pool and just enjoy the scenery.

    I think there's a path you can walk all the below down to the valley below, but I didn't quite have enough time as we were headed to a whirling dervish ceremony right after.

    Some would call it a whirling dervish show, but it really it more of a ceremony of prayer for those Sufi's. Solemn, you sit in silence taking in the various stages of the ceremony. In addition to the whirling, you also hear prayers and see greetings and bows from the Sufi's to Rumi's hat, a symbol for him.

    Our guide arranged with us to speak with the Sufi master after and it was interesting to hear more about the ceremony and how long it takes to master the whirling without being dizzy among other things. People can come here and study anywhere from 3-6 months or even longer. Women are also allowed to whirl, but only in front of other women.
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