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| Photo Diary | The Cotton Castle


Come, let us contemplate the sparkling magic of the Cotton Castle for a while.

Here, clear waters dance on white clay. The walls are coruscate in the sunlight.

From this great height, the daydream glides over a surreal landscape. Where natural baths spill their precious waters in giggles across my  feet.....As I edge my way along, I wonder whose ancient path I tread on.








Our adventure took us to the staggering terraces of Pamukkale, known also as "The Cotton Castle" in the local tongue. This natural phenomenon of dazzling white travertines is the creation of calcium carbonate deposits and thermal waters.

In the ancient world, Pamukkale was known as Hierapolis. Here the acropolis was established alongside the traverites in the 2nd century BC by the Pergam King Eumenes II. This fascinating complex was declared a World Heritage site in 1988.

Travel notes:

The journey from Fethiye took 3 hours each way in a comfortable small coach. It may seem too long for many but Pamukkale is the only place like this in the world so for us it was 100% worth the little road trip. The coach makes enough stops along the way to make you feel comfortable and there is a lot to take in, in terms of views on the journey.

When you get there, you will join crowds of people also drawn by the dazzling hill. You will find that the further you venture into the 'cotton castle' the fewer people around. Watch your step though. It's very slippery!

I would reccommend booking your trip with
Pioneer Travel
the trip cost us £30.00 each and that included entry fees, a buffet breakfast and a delicious buffet lunch (drinks must be paid for seperately) which I thought was extremely good value.



18 comments:

  1. OMG!! This looks amazing!!!! :D :D :D

    I say it all the time... but I think one of my greatest regrets of college was not being able to travel more. Hope I get to do more exploring in the next 5 years or so! This place is definitely going on my list. =)

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  2. This place is stunning...in that first shot, I had no idea what it was at first LOL my mind was completely boggled. I have to visit this someday, one more place to add onto my future travel list. It's so beautiful, thanks for sharing the background of the location as well :)

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  3. wow...it's SOO BEAUTIFUL...i'm speechless.

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  4. I love the first two images especially. "Clear waters dance on clay"

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  5. wow this is simply beautiful. i'm at a loss of what adj to use to describe it lol

    so glad you got to experience something so unique!!!

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  6. I just Love Turkey! Thanks for the wonderful pics!

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  7. That looks amazing. I absolutely love the first picture.

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  8. the view is gorgeous!...love how you can look over the landscape!

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  9. IT IS SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!

    Now I want to go on vacation.... this place is taking my breath away. looks like heaven!! ^^

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  10. Wow! I Really want to go!

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  11. This looks like such a dream! I love your travel posts (I'm off to follow your new adventure blog) as you have been so many places that have sadly never pinged my radar!! Beautiful :)

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  12. It looks dreamy!!! Real romantic too ;)

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  13. What a beautiful site!! How I would love to walk/play in those waters.

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  14. these are breathtaking photos - it must have been like a dream walking around such a place.

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  15. wooo this is incredibly beautiful...

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  16. We went on a 2 day excursion on Pamukkale. It exceeded our expectations and all the photos we took just don't do it justice. We had 2 hours free time which was spent walking barefoot down this amazing calcium waterfall feature and experience the warm to hot water rushing down over the walk way. It was also in an amazing wide river valley with views for miles around. The day we went it was cloudy but this made it look even more mysterious www.privatetoursinistanbul.com The way down was a bit slippery in places and can be hard on your feet, but the views made up for any discomfort. Some people went down in their swimwear and sat in the deeper pools for a while! It really did look like it was a glacier and should have been cold but was the opposite! For Christians, this is the sight of one of of the seven churches (Laodicia) and the Luke warm waters in the book of Revelations. It is also where the apostle Philip was martyred. A very memorable trip indeed!

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