This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Pamukkale. To help you make friends with Pamukkale before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Pamukkale (which means "cotton castle" in Turkish) is a town in the district of Denizli. Pamukkale is located about twenty kilometers northeast of the provincial capital Denizli. Pamukkale has a bit more than two thousand inhabitants. Pamukkale received its name from the limestone terraces, which have developed over the millennia by calcareous thermal sources and are a major international tourist attraction today. The terraces are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
In the sixties, people began to build hotels above the sinter terraces to make Pamukkale attractive to the burgeoning tourism in Turkey. To access the hotels, a road was cut crosswise through the sinter terraces. Ultimately, that damaged the main attraction, the travertine itself. When these problems increased in the early nineties, UNESCO threatened to delete Pamukkale from the World Heritage List; a large-scale rescue program was launched, and today, the access to the terraces is strict and intruders are punished. You can also visit the ancient city of Hierapolis. It has a large necropolis with tombs; a Temple of Apollo and Plutonium; a large theater (which can seat fifteen thousand people); the Philip's Church; and baths, gymnasium, and large parts of the city wall.
Pamukkale hostels are quite abundant for a town of its size; the presence of the famous thermal springs explains why there are so many Pamukkale hostels, as this natural phenomenon is visited by thousands of tourists each year. In fact, the location of your Pamukkale hostels plays no role as houses are not allowed very close to the springs and the town is so small that you can walk it all on foot for ten minutes. The prices of hostels in Pamukkale are very low and the conditions are more than satisfactory. What is more, if you pay a bit more, you can have an amazing hostel, so finding a good hostel in Pamukkale is not a big problem.
Written by local enthusiast for Pamukkale hostelsGeorge Traveller