Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli province in southwestern Turkey. Additionally, the city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

Cotton Castle
Pamukkale

And the best part is that it really does look like a giant bright white cotton candy castle. The pictures provide a breathtaking sight. It’s almost like a make-believe magical land on earth.

Pamukkale Park consists of a series of travertines and hot springs. The hot springs have beneficial health properties. To quote some includes helping high blood pressure, improving circulation and curing skin diseases. Moreover, they precipitate calcium carbonate. It is initially a gel-like substance, which then hardens into the snow white travertines. In order to preserve the natural beauty, and to not hinder new travertines formation, wearing shoes is prohibited while touring this mesmerizing phenomenon.

Cotton Castle
Pamukkale Park

Within the Pamukkale-Hierapolis complex is Cleopatra’s Pool (sometimes called the Pamukkale Antique Pool). According to legend, this artificially sculpted pool was a gift from Marc Anthony to Cleopatra. In the 7th Century, an earthquake toppled the surrounding building and the massive marble columns tumbled into the pool – where they rest on the bottom to this day and visitors can swim among them.

Cotton Castle
Pamukkale Antique Pool

The water trickles and flows down the walls leaving behind the famous cotton castle. For nearly a thousand years, people have been coming to the region to soak in the unique “champagne waters”. Geothermal activity heat the champagne waters and the area has received UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE designation.

Although tourists do throng the place all year around, the best time to travel is usually springtime―April to mid-June. If spring is not a viable option, then autumn is another great choice―anywhere between mid-September to October.

Cotton Castle
Pamukkale, Turkey

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