The bright-white terraces of Pamukkale are perhaps one of Turkey’s most photographed sites, gleaming incongruously above the rural town like freshly fallen snow. Hierapolis, an ancient spa city whose massive remains extend out along the hills near the famous travertines, was built on the warm mineral water that courses through them. Pamukkale, one of the best places to visit in Turkey for families, is also a great starting point for visiting nearby ancient monuments like Laodicea, Tripolis, and, most notably, the beautiful ruins of Afrodisias, which house an incredible collection of Roman marble statues.
Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Turkey, is a renowned tourist destination that continues to draw people. Visitors from all over the world come to Pamukkale to see the natural wonders, which draw them in with its cultural and historical riches. Visitors can relax in the “Cleopatra Pool,” an ancient pool with a year-round temperature of 36 degrees Celsius, while walking through white travertines and historical ruins.
Hot air ballooning and paragliding are two more ways to enjoy the region’s unique splendor from the air — the best of Pamukkale. The region was visited by 151,268 persons between January 1 and March 18, 2020. Due to the outbreak, entrances were closed from March 19 to June 1.
This year, 240,883 people visited within the same time period. Between April 30th and May 4th, when the Eid al-Fitr holiday began, 34,220 people visited the region. According to Gazi Murat Sen, president of the Denizli Touristic Hotel and Operators Association, the number of tourists this year has delighted holidaymakers.
Stating that they are targeting 2 million tourists by the end of the year, Sen stated:
“We believe that we can easily meet this goal. The guests staying with us are mainly guests from South America and the Far East. As of now, tourists from Europe have also started. This year we will have a season in Pamukkale that does not make 2019 look good. We hope that we can rise above the 2019 figures.”