The hot springs in this area are a result of hot water that rises from a series of fault lines in this area. As the water runs along the earth’s surface, it deposits a jelly-like calcium carbonate, which hardens into travertine. This is how we get these gorgeous white steppes (Figure 2), giving Pamukkale a nickname of “the cotton castle”.
At the section of the hot springs we went to, there was a river of hot water (Figure 3) depositing calcium carbonate. However, recently, much of the water from the hot springs has been taken away for nearby hotel pools. Because there is a lack of this natural water, algae have been growing incessantly over the shallow pools, making the surface a slippery slide.
In the past, people used to bath in the hot springs, but now, you are only allowed to walk barefoot on these warm, glacier-like formations (Figure 4).
Don’t miss out on the section that is a bit dried out but still with a river running through (Figure 5).
There are many dogs in this area (Figure 6), but be careful to keep your socks somewhere safe while you walk on the travertine or else you may find them stolen by some unexpected burglars (Figure 7).
The food here is not exactly fit for any sort of castle, but if you want an audience with cats and dogs (Figure 8), you may want to get some.
The ancient city of Hieropolis was built on this palace of clouds, but now, all that is left of it is an entire path of grand sarcophagi (Figure 9).
- Take a walk over the hot springs, but make sure you don’t slip on the algae! Plant your feet with every step!
- Hide your socks.
- Make sure you don't drop your phone into the hot springs or it might get calcified... (Figure 10).