Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey

Is That An Ice Field? Nope. Hot Springs On The Side Of A Mountain In Hierapolis.



Our brains were overloaded with historical info, that one more museum or ruin would have done us in. So when my Australian friend Kathleen suggested we head to Pamukkale from Ephesus to lounge in the travertine terraces atop a mountain, there was zero hesitation on my part. I couldn’t say no to spending an afternoon submerging myself in the warm mineral-laden thermal pools of Pamukkale above the ancient Roman City, Hierapolis.

No matter where you stay in Hierapolis it’s an easy walk to the base of the mountain. Hand over your money then start the 20-minute slippery walk up the hill, making sure to stop to dip in and out of the pools and streams of Pamukkale. I loved the rush of the warm water in the narrow streams tickle my back as the water rolled under me. While sitting in the larger pools soaking up the Turkish mountain air was calming and serene.

Up until the mid-nineties, you could actually hang out in the terrace pools, but all the walking (over 2M people annually) has done a major toll on the travertines. Best to protect mother nature! When we reached the top of the mountain, thunder and lightning crackled in the distance. It was awesome to watch this light show hovering above Hierapolis. It was as if the ancient gods were showing their power!


  • What: Pamukkale Thermal Pools
  • Where: Hierapolis
  • Hours: 8.30 – 19.30 pm every day
  • Price: 20TRY ($7)