Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
4.5
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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  • Lori M
    California1,743 contributions
    a lot of effort to get here, have your expectations set correctly
    from Selcuk we took a 3.5 hour train then a half hour mini bus to get here. so a total of 8 hours of travel for a 3.5 hour visit. we had a wonderful day but not sure that would be worth the hassle for everyone! easily could have spent more time at Hierapolis but we had to catch the last train back to Selcuk so didn't have time. this ancient city has lots of wonderful ruins to see, learn about, and photograph. As you probably know, the pools at Pamukkale look nothing like the scenes you have seen online, but it's still fun to experience it. The giant white mountain of calcium carbonate is gorgeous and a wonderul thing to see. the travertine pools are ok, we walked from the top down to the bottom into town.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Nick T
    Williamsburg, Virginia241 contributions
    Beautiful park, get there early to enjoy it more
    If you are going to visit in the morning, get up early and go to the top gate. It opens at 6:30 in the morning, the bottom gate that is at the edge of town opens at 8:30. Top gate is a quick drive or a 30 minute walk uphill either way if you get there at parts opening, you’ll have the place to yourself well worth it Get to the thermal baths early. Also, if you want to avoid a very crowded pool. once you see the terraced pools and swim in Cleopatra’s spa, then walk around Hierapolis.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania5,324 contributions
    Absolutely stunning and historic, unique visit
    This is a must do in this area. We rented a car and drove from Izmir. As you are driving to the cliffs you see a whiteness from the distance and imagine a glacier. Its the limestone cliffs of the pamukkale. It was pouring when we got there. The pools were filled with water and there was a cascade going down the cliffs. We bought the Aegean pass to enter. There are food and restrooms onsite. There is a single area where you can enter the cliffs and pools. It does get slippery and hurts u r feet. Its absolutely packed with people. We enjoyed walking around the site. We visited the end of the boardwalk to the tombs and north gate. We entered from the south gate. Wear walking shoes. There is the temple of Apollo and amphitheater. The museum is really great too. There is Cleopatra pool which you can pay extra to swim. The views are beautiful. It was a half a day spent.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,006 contributions
    Interesting ruins
    Didnt look like the pictures! Many pools were dry and there was a trickle of water coming down the centre. Was still really interesting to see and experience. You take your shoes off and walk on the limestone- it can be quite sharp and rough in parts. The pools were shallow and a bit muddy/ slippery when we went. It was the end of Eid when we were there so totally packed and people everywhere. Cost 400 lira to enter and see the Heliopolis ruins at the top. The ruins are spread out and in pretty good condition really. Interesting to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • bebe s
    1 contribution
    very good tour - pammakule day trip
    tour was really nice . driver stopped at a farm and we got to see the olive, pomgranate, cotton trees which i never seen before except the pomgranate. Would suggest to do the travertines and the hierapolis first , then the rest of the our. Guide every good as well and explained everything . Lunch was delicious too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • tinkle_24
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,745 contributions
    Love Cleopatra’s pool,
    Interesting museum with ancient artefacts. Also marble tombstones with engravings. A theatre. Highlight was an ethereal clear green Cleopatra’s pool. Inviting waters and you could have dip for 200 lira. It us one source of thermal pools.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Kregg J.
    Seattle, Washington111 contributions
    The Ruins are well worth the visit!
    Perhaps the only time you'll see the Pamukkale pools empty is at dawn or from the top if you find the closed-off section because by early morning and late afternoon, there are literally thousands of tourists visiting the sites. The ruins of Hierapolis, up above the pools, are incredible, though, and well worth a visit. For those wanting a dip in Cleopatra's Pool, you can do that at the top of the cliffs for a small fee.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Sue W
    Ilkeston, United Kingdom1,005 contributions
    Huge site with various attractions
    This is another huge site to cover. After parking the first area you reach is the top of the Pamakkule limestone terraces so you can see them close up and paddle if you fancy. Then you can walk around the vast site of the ancient city. There is also a pool for swimming close to the museum. We didn't realise how far we'd walked until the next day when we saw it from above whilst in a hot air balloon.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Ankit2385
    Bengaluru, India631 contributions
    Amazing and Unique
    This place is worth visiting. Thermal pools are natural wonders and Ancient Ruins are historical. Can easily spend 3-4 hours here. Entry price is 700 TL and there are 2 entry gates - North and South. There is a Cafe at the South entrance and another small cafe near the Thermal pools. Museum was also great to visit. Antique pool is just waste of time and unnecessarily hyped. There is also option to use Electric vehicle/van to go from Gates.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • angelmusicmaven
    New York City, New York239 contributions
    History and hot water
    The ruins are mind-blowing. Study up and you'll enjoy all the history on the signs and walk at your own pace, or book a guide or tour. If you want to spend serious cash or can't walk for too long, you can hire a golf cart at the entrance. Park at the south gate so then you can see the ruins, then Pamukkale cotton castle, then museum, then the thermal pool if desired (it didn't look good so we didn't swim)- there is a cafe there with continental junk food, and the cotton castle has a coffee shop right there at the top.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2023
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Adam C
Dahlonega, GA13 contributions
Nov 2020
I visited this site with my fiance and really didn't have that great an experience. Visually, everything is stunning and beautiful and the ruins and theater are nice to see. However, there was absolutely no adherence to CV safety - masks were not enforced and most people did not wear them. The person selling tickets for entrance was rude when we asked for some information about locations within the site. I also asked the staff for a new mask when mine was wet and they told me they had none, although I could easily see a box of masks on the desk where I asked. The food and refreshments available are very limited and overpriced compared to other attractions and places I visited in Turkey. The toilets here were not clean at all, a bit disgusting actually. I would suggest a hot air balloon ride over this site rather than an actual visit to the site. For me, it was more visually beautiful from the air than in person. Also note that shoes are not allowed when walking on the thermal springs and the landscape is very aggressive to bare feet.
Written November 2, 2020
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A2345FUjohnl
Tampa, FL128 contributions
Oct 2020
Wading in the pools of Pamukkale was the highlight of this trip. The water is clear and warm. The crowds were very light due to covid. The ancient city ruins were also interesting, there is little shade available so bring water.The admission fee was 80 Turkish Lira which did not include the ancient pools.
Written November 6, 2020
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Selim Catkin
Nottingham, UK39 contributions
Oct 2020
I've seen the white cliffs and the hot springs many times before but what I am fascinated by is the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The area is so vast that it takes few hours to walk around to digest it all. They have been excevating the city for 50 years and they need several hundreds of years to unearth the majority of the area. Hierapolis is a must visit place if you're into archaelogy. Late autumn is the perfect time to visit since only few tourists around and the hot springs are not jam packed.
Written November 2, 2020
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Sid5515
Bangi, Malaysia896 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Pamukkale travertine is the white limestone-blue pool terrace, together with Hierapolis Ancient City located at nearby Pamukkale town. The complex consists of the travertine, museum, pools and several ancient remnants like the Theatre & Bath.

It is accessible via the carpark at the east side of the site where the entrance located. For entrance fee, we purchased 15 Days Museum Pass which cost ₺4000 per person. Estimated time to wander around the complex is 2-4 hours.

Even though in the start of winter, the pool terrace is actually warm but be cautious that the terrace is quite slippery. Do avoid the darker part of the rock and walk on the white part.
Written January 9, 2024
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kekenu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg623 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
Came from Izmir, 300km, 3h time and payed 75€. Luckily I had a fantastic driver and have to admit it was the best I had in all these years. Pamukkale cost 80tl, 100tl with the museum is even less impressive .the pictures you see with this beautyfull blue, in reality do not exist. It's a grey blue. It's not very clean and cold in this period of the year (11/2020).
If you want to see, check on YouTube my video, search: wcAuP0_msag
Written November 6, 2020
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angelmusicmaven
New York City, NY239 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The ruins are mind-blowing. Study up and you'll enjoy all the history on the signs and walk at your own pace, or book a guide or tour. If you want to spend serious cash or can't walk for too long, you can hire a golf cart at the entrance. Park at the south gate so then you can see the ruins, then Pamukkale cotton castle, then museum, then the thermal pool if desired (it didn't look good so we didn't swim)- there is a cafe there with continental junk food, and the cotton castle has a coffee shop right there at the top.
Written December 6, 2023
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Kregg J.
Seattle, WA111 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Perhaps the only time you'll see the Pamukkale pools empty is at dawn or from the top if you find the closed-off section because by early morning and late afternoon, there are literally thousands of tourists visiting the sites. The ruins of Hierapolis, up above the pools, are incredible, though, and well worth a visit. For those wanting a dip in Cleopatra's Pool, you can do that at the top of the cliffs for a small fee.
Written October 22, 2023
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AzRat
Arizona1,991 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
October 2021. Definitely another wow factor site. Hired a small van to drive us to the far end of the large site and several stops on return to the entrance. Was well worth the 38 TL price for the van. From the Necropolis, through the city gates, the amphitheater, public pool and thermal hillside pools there was much to explore. Impressive site. Sadly no time at end of day to visit the site museum.
Written October 29, 2021
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Kenny Foong
Singapore, Singapore103 contributions
May 2022
After a long journey from cappadosia, we arrived at pamukale and visited this beautiful place. A 10 to 15mins walk from the entrance and we arrived at the lime stone pools of water and it was a magnificent view from the top. Had some snacks and walk around the ancient city of hierapolis took some pictures but unfortunately we cannot see the sunset as it was covered by the clouds. Dipped my legs in one of the pools and it was nice and refreshing. 10/10 would recommend to visit this magnificent place.
Written May 10, 2022
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,284 contributions
Jun 2022
This is easily a full day out as there is so much to see here - we had about 3.5 hours allocated here as part of our trip and we all agreed that we could have happily had much more!
Apart from the pools (separately reviews) Hierapolis is interesting in its own right. We only scratched the surface of the huge necropolis (but did see the semi-buried tombs) as well as looking at the agora, Byzantine church and the very well laid out museum. I would have loved to go to the theatre and spend more time in the necropolis but there just wasn't time !
Written June 18, 2022
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