Explore Pamukkale for a Truly Memorable Holiday

Pamukkale is located 11 miles north of Denizli and it is the main natural mineral bath spa of Turkey because of its calcium-rich hot water spring that comes from under the ground and cascading over the cliff. As the water cools they form into travertines of brilliantly white coloured hard calcium pools.

 
The Cotton Fortress
Pamukkale is also called the Cotton Fortress and it has offered natural spa since the Romans had built Hierapolis (spa city) around the considered sacred water spring. Today, that antique pool is still in existences and is beautifully littered with the pieces from the Temple of Apollo’s marble columns. Swimming in the water spring costs a small fee and lockers are available for all of your belongings.

Pamukkale Explore Pamukkale for a Truly Memorable Holiday
Reaching Pamukkale
Pamukkale can be reached by bus, train, car or through the air. Most tourists consider this place as an ideal overnight stop between Marmaris, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Izmir or Selcuk and Cappadocia, Konya or Antalya.

 
Day Tour
You can book for a day tour going to Pamukkale from Selcuk or Fethiye. This tour will take you to the historic ruins of Hierapolis and it also will allow you to climb the seats of the magnificent Roman Theater.
Other activities you can do while on the day tour include; splashing along the permitted areas of the travertines, soaking in the marble column littered Antique Pool, and visiting the exhibits displayed at the Archeological Museum.

 
Four Significant Locations to Visit
In Pamukkale, there are four important locations that should be visited. These are Laodicea, Pamukkale Town, Karahayıt, and the Pamukkale Plateau.
Laodicea is located four miles of Denzil and it is a very old city that is being reborn through extensive archeological restoration. From Denzil, Laodicea can be reached by car in less than three hours.

 
The Pamukkale Town is located at the foot of the famous travertines and it boasts of small hotels, restaurants, pensions and a bus ticket office. If you want to indulge in a private mineral water dip, you can go into one of the pensions that offer their own warm water pools.
On the north is the Karahayit and it is a village once known for the rusty-red calcium and iron riched mineral waters it produced. This place is now filled with developed huge luxury spa lodgings like the Colossae and the Richmond.
The Pamukkale Plateau is the place where the Roman Hierapolis was built. It has three main entry ways and entering here also requires a small admission fee.

Best Beaches in Turkey

Turkey is normally not known to be a destination that would spring to mind the moment one talks about visiting exotic beaches or holidaying in the Mediterranean. For most people, its always about Spain, Italy and the Greek Isles. However, for those in the know Turkey offers an exciting and enriching experience that can transform the way you look at holidays. If the sun and sand are what you desire, Turkey definitely ranks among the very best. Why restrict yourself to Europe and Asia. Add the Caribbean into the mix and the beaches of Turkey would still manage to stand out on their own. Here is a list of some of the best beaches in Turkey.

 

Butterfly Valley
Butterfly Valley is located between two majestic cliffs and stretches out in a v-shape that ends with one of the most pristine stretches of sand. The best way to visit Butterfly Valley  is via a boat from Fethiye or Oludeniz. However, you should know that Butterfly Valley is mostly famous among the adventure travellers because of the surrounding natural beauty that offers ideal options for trekking, the lack of crowds and development, the option to camp along the trees and the lack of any form of electricity or construction. In other words, a trip to Butterfly Valley takes one away from all forms of civilisation.

Butterfly Valley Best Beaches in Turkey

Butterfly Valley, one of the best beaches in Turkey

Marmaris
Those looking for the best beaches in Turkey are known to flock to the port town of Marmaris by the drives. Beer, fast food, sunshine and hoardes of travellers are what define Marmaris, but it is also known to be an ideal base to explore the breathtaking coastline, catch a ferry to Greece, check out sea turtles at Dalyan or charter a yacht.

 

Kaputas Beach
The Kaputas Beach boasts of having one of the best locations that offer tourists with some breathtaking photography opportunities. Calm waters, secluded areas, yellow sands, ample sunshine and stunning backdrops are what await you at the Kaputas Beach. In short, visiting the Kaputas Beach is nothing short of visiting paradise.

 

Iztuzu, Dalyan
Sea turtles and travellers join hands to lap up the waves at the Iztuzu beach. The Iztuzu Beach is a protected stretch of sand that extends to approximately 4.5kms. It is most famous for its sea turtles who drag themsels ashore in order to lay their eggs. The vast marshy areas beyond the beach is also known to be teeming with wildlife.

 

Ovabuku Beach
No list of the best beaches in Turkey can ever be complete without mentioning the The Ovabuku Beach. The Ovabuku Beach is located in the Datca peninsula and is known for its lush beauty that is beautifully carved out by oak, carob and myrtle trees. A trip to the Ovabuku Beach is not just about the beach itself – it is about the entire scenery – a secluded environment, a feeling of peace and tranquility, enchanting sceneries and a sense of escape. Come to Turkey for the best beaches!

Snorkeling in Gallipoli

Normally snorkelling would be a thrilling activity in any part of the world. To get the opportunity to observe underwater life, the flora and fauna, with minimal effort required is invigorating in itself. But what if apart from the natural beauty you get the chance to see ancient and historic remains of an important era, reminiscent of a significant war between nations? Wouldn’t it double the adventure of going underwater?

 
Well in Gallipoli there are tours organised specially for the purpose of seeing an underwater steamer. For those who do not know, Gallipoli was the location of an important battleground between the army of the Ottoman Empire and the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I. Since then this place has become a rallying point for people around the world commemorating the loss of life in wars. The steamer is called Milo. And it is the remains of this that you may snorkel over if you get the chance to go snorkelling in Gallipoli.
This steamer was purposefully sunk to act as breakwater for the Williams’ Pier to survive the storms so that it would be useful in landing and embarking in spite of the rough weather at that time. Well you can go for snorkelling in Gallipoli as part of an overall tour of this place, which includes visits to the ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly where you can witness the trenches and tunnels dug as part of the war strategy by both the Allied and Turk forces, and the Ariburnu Cemetery where those who died in the war as well as some of the civilian labourers are buried. There are other landmarks of importance, like the stone monolith inscribed with the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, delivered in 1934 to honor the dead when people from Australia, New Zealand and Britain came to visit the battlegrounds in 1934.

 

Gallipoli snorkelling Snorkeling in Gallipoli

Snorkelling in Milo, Gallipoli

 
There are several options available if you want to travel in this region to absorb the events leading up to an eventful time in history. A 2 day tour from Istanbul ending at Selcuk or vice versa costs about €145 per person. The overnight stay is at Eceabat. The first day is spent in a fully guided tour of the places aforementioned to add to your information and many others like the ANZAC Commemorative Site and the Mehmetcik statue, while the next day is spent snorkelling in the peninsula. As the steamer is about 75 meters away from the shore your fitness will have to be determined first.

 
The entrance fee and lunch is included in the overall fee, which is a fair deal considering the fuel price and the like. You also get to have some free time to spend at your own whim exploring the neighboring area. Alaturka also do package deals for those that book Gallipoli, Milo snorkelling and cabin cruises. The more you book the bigger the discount!

 

So if you plan to visit this region make sure you get the chance to snorkel in the cozy waters amid the lush view while also getting a taste of history.