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Turkey: Pamukkale

And also a trip to Ankara

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After Kusadasi, and because I was going to Ankara in order to catch the train to Tehran, I took the opportunity to visit Pamukkale, one of Turkey's tourist drawcards. To get there, I opted for going back to Selçuk by dolmus and then take the train do Denizli (from where I took another dolmus to Pamukkale). All 3 rides cost me about 7€.
Pamukkale's village is very ugly in itself. It offers many options in terms of both accomodation and food, but everything is touristy and lacks the warmth of other destinations.
Hierapolis, on the other hand, is a must go. Although not cheap (entrance fee for the park costs 25 TL), it has certainly many things to offer to each visitor. The travertines are amazing (you can take your swimming suit and enjoy the hot waters) and the roman city is huge and well preserved (it helps that many locations are being "rebuilt").
It was a day well spent (I walked there at least 6 hours) and then I took the bus to Ankara, from which I don't have that much to say. Confusing, huge and lacking some charm. Although it may an interesting place to visit, because of its many cultural spots (such as museums). Worth visiting is the Atatürk's Mausuleum (free entrance).

Posted by danics 13:42 Archived in Turkey Tagged turkey bath kusadasi pamukkale travertines hierapolis

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