Swimming in the ruins

After another all night bus, we arrived in Pamukkale before 7am – luckily we found somewhere to store our bags and wait until things opened up! Pamukkale is famous for its hot pools, terraces and the ruins of Hierapolis.

After a picnic breakfast of bread and cheese we wandered over to the travertines  – round terraces on the side of a hill filled with thermal water.  To get to the top, you had to take off your shoes and walk barefoot up the hill – lovely when we reached the warm water and painful when we were at the cold water!  On the way up we stopped to paddle in the different pools and dip our feet in the hot river running beside us.

 

Looking up at the travertines

 

Paddling on our way up

 

Warming up in the river

 

Looking down at the travertines

 

 

Once we reached the top, we spent some time exploring the ruins of Hierapolis.  We saw the theatre, abandoned temples and ruins before enjoying the view back down over Pamukkale.

 

View from the theatre

 

Ruins

 

Beautiful views

 

Loving the views

 

After our wanderings, we headed to the Ancient Pool.  Apparently this pool was formed in an earthquake, and here you can swim in hot water around ruins of columns and stones that are in the water.  It was a great way to relax!

 

The ancient pool

 

Reuben relaxing

 

After our soak, we headed back down the terraces and made our way to our bus for our next stop – the town of Selcuk, which is the gateway to Ephesus.

 

Climbing down the terraces

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lauryn Wicks says:

    WOW! How awesome! I hate to say it, I really do but Reuben kinda suits that hair do! Lx

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  2. Kate says:

    Ooh, that looks like tonnes of fun. The water is such amazing colours!

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  3. Julie Bunnell says:

    I want to be there soaking in the ancient pool… it looks so fabulous. But climbing up barefoot would be a challenge for me.

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