During a holiday in Turkey, tourists are offered a huge number of excursions. Among them, a trip to Pamukkale from Marmaris and other nearby cities is considered one of the most popular. You can visit the attraction as part of a group or go there alone.
A unique excursion to the geothermal springs
Tourist buses and cars go from Marmaris to Pamukkale. See the unusual natural monument is advised to everyone who comes to Turkey for the first time.
The natural landmark is located in the southwestern part of the country, on an ancient plateau of volcanic origin. The site is included in the UNESCO list, there are 17 mineral springs. Their healing power has been known and used for healing since ancient times.
From above, part of the plateau looks like bizarre cells filled with milky white water. They were formed naturally during a period of volcanic activity. For thousands of years, hot water from the springs flowed down the slopes, leaving a white sediment of calcium bicarbonate. In addition to it in the composition of sodium sulfate, magnesium, hydrocarbon. Travertines form natural reservoirs with varying water temperatures from 30 to 100 degrees.
In translation, the name sounds like “cotton fortress”.
History and features of the natural landmark
Not far from the springs in the 2nd century B.C., the construction of the city began. Hierapolis quickly became a resort and was quite famous for its time. Excavations are underway there, gradually uncovering amazing structures such as an amphitheater or thermal baths. So many people combine visits to both attractions in one trip.
The increased interest in the springs and the large influx of tourists led authorities to restrict access to most of the pools. Now you can enter only through a special checkpoint, move around the area barefoot, swim in the segment open for this purpose. With the restrictions in place, the travertines are regaining their original appearance, and the water has become clear again.
Around the complex built hotels, hotels, health centers. Many tourists come to Pamukkale from Marmaris for a few days to undergo a course of treatment, which includes mud baths, massages, bathing in the springs.
How to get there?
There are several options, they differ in terms of time spent on the road and the level of comfort. The distance from Marmaris to Pamukkale in Turkey is about 200 km, the approximate travel time does not exceed 3.5 hours, provided that there are no stops or they will be very short.
On the map there are two marked routes, labelled fast, short and economy. The difference is not in the distance, but in the quality of the road and gasoline consumption.
If you do not want to search for the road and bother about tickets and schedules, it is better to go to Pamukkale from Marmaris as part of the tour. The cost starts at 30 USD for an adult, children are half the price. A comfortable bus will take you there and back.
Of the disadvantages of traveling this way:
- strictly regulated visiting hours;
- mandatory trip to souvenir stores and workshops for the production of tourist souvenirs.
Although the distance from Marmaris to Pamukkale in Turkey is relatively short, there is no direct connection. Those who choose to travel independently by bus will first have to get to Denizli for 34 liras and then change to a minibus, where the fare will be 7 liras. They go often, you won’t have to wait long.
The most convenient and economical option is to rent a car. There is no time limit on such a trip, except for the desire of the travelers. It is difficult to predict how long the drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale is, if you stop for beautiful photo shoots and admiring the surroundings. The views along the road are great, there are few settlements. During the trip, you need to keep your eyes on the road. It is narrow, and the side fence hides a precipice.
With a map and a navigator, it’s almost impossible to get lost. There are signs along the way.
Which way to travel, everyone decides for himself. Lovers of comfort will suit more excursion variant, independent travelers probably choose a regular bus, and connoisseurs of natural beauties will not refuse a road trip.
It is best to go to the springs in the spring and early fall. It’s not very hot yet and there’s not much of an influx of tourists. For comfort, you should definitely take dark glasses. Eyes quickly tire of the snow-white splendor. You will also need a shoe bag, a Cleopatra pool towel, and a headgear. Appropriate equipment will allow you to enjoy a walk through a unique natural monument in comfort and serenity.