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Pamukkale is a small village to the south of the national park that is home to the mineral pools and ruins of Hierapolis.
Mineral water spilling off the edge of the cliff created these exquisite-looking mineral deposits. The Romans were inspired by the rock formations and the warm baths to create a spa city, Hierapolis, here, which is still well preserved. During the 1980s and 90s the tourism business boomed here, but the many thermal hotels threatened to destroy the site and have since been abolished. It is still possible to wade in the pools, but they haven't returned to their original depth. Swimming is possible in the Sacred Pool next to the museum.
The village centers around Cumhuriyet Meydani, Republic Square, the location of most of the restaurants. The Dolmus from Denizli stops a block north east of here. To the west is Atatürk Caddesi, with a few bars. To the south, most of the hotels are on Inönü Caddesi, off of Menderes Caddesi.
It is possible to fly to Denizli and catch a short bus to Pamukkale.
The train route to the area was closed for repairs in 2008, but there is no sign of it being reopened anytime soon.
The city is well connected on the 20-01 highway.
There are many buses to Denizli, with connections to Pamukkale by bus and many dolmuses in summer.
A car is needed to reach most sites, and may be advisable for the springs and ruins as well. As most people come to Pamukkale only for the the ruins and thermal pools, it may be possible to share a car with other visitors.
The walk from the village to the site is 2 km, within the village all things can be reached on foot.
Below weather information table belongs to Denizli.
These well preserved ruins are can't missed, including an impressive theater, the haunting octagonal Martyrium of St. Phillip the Apostle, and the ruins of a Byzantine church right next to the foundation of the Temple of Apollo. The impressive, Hierapolis Archeology Museum is also on these grounds, as well as the famous thermal pools. For more information see Hierapolis.
Former home to one of the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in St. Paul's Book of Revelations and Cicero, before being sentenced to death by Mark Antony, a few significant ruins remain in this town for history enthusiasts. The stadium is still somewhat intact, and two theaters remain, one in better shape than the other.
This old caravanserai was build in the 1250s and is still in excellent condition.
admission 1.50 lira The formations in this sunken cave are another creation of the calcium spring rich waters. Visitors can also bathe in the waters here.
Other than exploring the ruins, the most popular activity is bathing in the thermal waters, especially in the often photographed Pamukkale Termal, with its submerged columns. While there is a two hour time limit, passes are rarely checked.
This town doesn't offer much in the way of food, a visitor might do just as well eating at the hotel.
Ünal Restaurant, on Menderes Caddesi, is one of the best options available, serving tradtional Turkish fast food.
Gürsoy Restaurant, on Atatürk Caddesi, has both Turkish and pasta dishes.
Han Restaurant, also on Atatürk Caddesi, serves primarily kebabs.
Visitors are advised to be cautious in Pamukkale's bars, because they are often targets for its workers.
This bar serves local drinks at reasonable prices.
This establishment has good nargile.
Beyaz Kale on Menderes Street offers decent rooms and a small pool for 20-30 lira a night for 1-2 people
Aspawa Pension on the same street offers similar rooms for 20-25 lira for 1-2 people.
Ozturk Otel-Pension on Inönü street has good air conditioning and a pool for 30 lira for a double.
Koray Hotel offers tour services and a restaurant and bar, among other things. Its doubles run 50 to 70 lira, with meals.
This city is largely agricultural.
Pamukkale University is the local school. http://pau.edu.tr/pau/
Any urgent communication should be taken care of in Denizli.
Lok for Köntülü telefon for a metered telphone.
The post office is Menderes Caddesi, five blocks south from the town center.
Wear covered shoes around the ruins, there are thorny bushes around.
There is a medical center just west of the main square on Stad Caddesi.