Pamukkale was very disappointing especially since they stop the water from flowing down the travertines - all you see is some artificial ponds of water and the rest of the hill is all dried up.
Doesn't look like what you see in the postcards. It's not a very tourist friendly park or town especially if you do not understand Turkish. Overrated.
I really enjoyed staying in Pamukkale. I was truly surprised that such a small town had so many dining options! From the 'bus station' I saw three restaurants that cater to the Asian palette.
Since I live in Asia and hadn't had a decent rice bowl in Turkey so far on my trip, this was a welcome surprise. The ice cream guys on the main street running through town are friendly as they try to entice you to buy ice cream - it's tasty and affordable! There is also a park at the base of the travertines that is free to enter and nice to walk around in if you are after something low-key. It offers a great view of the white pools. The main attraction is obviously the white travertine pools that you can walk to from the bottom up (loved the climb!), or take a shuttle bus to the top. Other people said the stones are rough and hard to walk on, however, to clarify this: yes, the stones are rough like sandpaper. It makes it infinitely easier to climb up the hillside because you have to go barefoot, so your feet have a good grip. Water is flowing down much of the white rocks as you walk up, but it doesn't make it slippery. Only a few patches had actual sharp pebbles that you have to walk on, but it wasn't more than a few steps. Warning, when you get near the top, do not cross the water channel to get a better picture with the travertine pools -- guards will blow whistles at you and tell you to get back. Hierapolis ruins are also connected to the travertines and well worth a visit. Our tour flew through the ruins, so I'd suggest going on your own (significantly cheaper!) and taking your time seeing everything. The theater up the hill from Ancient pools is spectacular! They are in the process of restoring it, so it looks awesome.
Great attraction but little village, 1 or two nights is enough. it allows you to visit the travertine before or after the coach load of day trippers have gone
We find that walking from bottom of Pamukkale to the top give one the best experience. Go during sunset, you will be rewarded with best sunset of all time.
The south gate is where all the tour buses stop and load and load of tourist get off from there.
Lots of White travertine but a few water ponds. And first historic travertine pond is dry: So sad. Hiarapolis is still unattended site.
Many countries would like to have such a ruins for making Money. Antic Pool is nice but its around covered by cafe is not nice. Local people are still greedy for too much Money: Service is avarage and prices are expensive when compared to given service.
We stay at Alida Hotel which is very close at Pamukkale, only walk to there around 10 mins . easy travelling place and so beautyful.
We love the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale and from here you can walk to visit the ancient broken buildings which are very interesting.
One one main attracion; Pamukkale. The entrance fee is 25 Lira per person. Stay one night nearby this area is highly recommended.
The nature is amazing. I recommend to go to travertine area in afternoon so you can see the sunset which got beautiful lighting
It is a very small village. The buildings look old. The food is decent. Most of the restaurants all offer the same thing.
Mostly everything closes after 9pm. There was one disco. 1-2 nights stay is all you need to stay here. We came in winter so there wasn't much activity in the town. Maybe in summertime it is better.
Pamukkale is the one of best sightseeing when you visit Turkey. It is the must place to see the wonder of nature.
As in most of Turkey, litter is everywhere. Smokers in abundance. This town has precious little going for it.
Not much shopping, a few restaurants. I can see why the tourist buses come early and leave by late afternoon. The pools and ruins are definitely worth the visit. The thermal pools are overcrowded and unappealing.
This place has been very special for thousands of years. The Romans loved it so much they built a city here .
The travertine slopes and terraces are something unique,one of the wonders of the world and now 'World Heritage'. The Turkish Government is really doing well with their conservation efforts with this magnificent place. Thousands of tourists flock there every day but all is managed well to help conserve this magical place. There are plenty of good and reasonably priced hotels and restaurants in the town.
When visiting the Pamukkale Travines (the reason most people visit Pamukkale) first walk around the ruins.
These ruins were the best preserved that we had seen in Turkey, including Ephesus. Afterwards go to the Travines where you will be awe struck. Bring your bathing suit so you can enjoy the lovely waters. Tip: the third pool down was the nicest with a soft clay-like bottom, and much less crowded.
Pamakkule seems to cater to tourists and therefore lacks the charm of a typical Turkish country village.
The restaurants - with the exception of the Lamuka Locanta (good Asian food!) - are grim cookie cutter tourist traps.
It is a unique experience going in the pools on the travertines which is open 24 hours for visitors.