‘Cotton Castle’ has tourist X factor

January 18, 2013

Pamukkale_60412426Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle, is a natural site in the Aegean province of Denizli in Turkey that has the tourist X factor.

One of the most popular attractions in the country, Pamukkale is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and was visited by more than 1.6million people last year, 1.2m of them foreign tourists.

Cascading cliffs of hard and brilliant white calcium, formed from hot springs, have given the phenomenon its name. The site has been a spa since Roman times when the city of Hierapolis was built to take advantage of the considered sacred, warm waters.

Visitors can tour the extensive ruins of Hierapolis, with its colonnaded street, baths and necropolis, swim in the sacred pool among marble column relics from the Temple of Apollo, and see the nearby great Roman theatre restored in 1972.

Pamukkale is one among a number of unique and unforgettable experiences for those holidaying in Turkey.