Things to do in Pamukkale

Pamukkale is famous for the white travertines and ancient ruins, but there are more things to do and attractions to visit. Especially, for the daredevils who want adrenaline and adventure, hot air ballooning and paragliding is now available in Pamukkale. Some of the things you can do in Pamukkale include:

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Pamukkale in winter

Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon

Share the fun as you join others for a scenic sunrise balloon experience over the ancient city of Hierapolis and the white travertines in Pamukkale. You will experience peace and tranquillity while drifting over the beautiful Menderes valley as the sun rises over the mountains. You can fly in a hot air balloon all year round. Winter, summer, spring autumn, every month is spectacular in Pamukkale!

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Pamukkale Paragliding

This tour is for you if you like adventure sports. Before exploring the ancient city of Hierapolis and the hot springs on the ground, take a look at this gorgeous scenery from the sky. Together with a professional tandem pilot you will fly over Pamukkale and enjoy this memorable adventure.


The stunning natural pool complex has been used for centuries to ease rheumatism and arthritis. The healing waters of the hot springs have been enjoyed by several civilisations since the second century B.C. The white limestone travertines are shaped by calcium-rich hot springs. Walk around the turquoise pools barefoot and enjoy the romantic views over the valley. Wear your sunglasses because the white coloured terraces combined with the reflection of the sun might hurt your eyes.

The Ancient City of Hierapolis

This city was named after the Amazon’s Queen Hiera, the wife of Telephos who was the founder of Pergamum. When you visit this holy city with its well-preserved ruins of many temples and religious buildings, you will enjoy a journey to the past.

Hierapolis Theatre

This theatre was built by Hadrian the Roman Emperor in the second century AD. It was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake and later renovated by Septimus Severus. The decorations with limestone and marble carvings are one of Anatolia’s most complete and best-preserved collections of Roman theatre decorations. When you are on the top of this theatre, you will have a stunning landscape view far into the distance. Other ancient ruins from the ancient city of Hierapolis include the Byzantine gates, the Necropolis and the temple of Apollo.

Pamukkale view

Pamukkale Cleopatra’s Pool

Pamukkale has been a health centre since the period of the Roman Empire. It is still common belief that the water of the antique pool is good for skin and other health problems. It is said that even the Queen of Egypt Cleopatra swam in this pool. Since the pool contains thermal water the temperatures in summer and winter are exactly the optimal body temperature of 36 degrees. So you can enjoy swimming in this pool in winter too!


The ruins of this once grand Roman city, about eight kilometres from Pamukkale is well worth visiting. You can see the remains of Laodikeia scattered over a plateau of about one square kilometre. Around 2000 years ago, several buildings were constructed such as a stadium, a bathhouse, a theatre, a water tower, a necropolis.

You should never travel in a hurry, so take your time and stay a couple of nights in Pamukkale because there are so many things you can do. Explore the surrounding ancient remains by renting a car or taking a taxi.