One of the great under-discovered locations we have visited is Turkey. We want to take you to two of the most interesting places to visit on your holiday in Turkey.
Have you ever wanted to walk on clouds? A visit to Pamukkale will give you that chance. Located in central Turkey is one of the world’s geological wonders. Pamukkale in Turkish or Cotton Castle in English was formed by the 17 hot springs in the area. Water coming from the springs ranges from 95 °F (35 °C ) to 212 °F (100 °C)! The water carries calcium carbonate that creates white deposits called travertine. The creation is so striking. As we drove into the area the stark white cliffs took our breath away. The entire side of the cliffs are made up of small pools that drip down to the next. It almost looks like the entire side of the mountain is covered in snow.
What to do?
How does soaking in natural hot springs and swimming around the ruins of a Greek Temple of Hierapolis sound? Drive up the back side of the mountain to the large parking area. There you have two options. You can head for yourself and go from pool to pool along the cliff. The water is not “hot” but the pools are lukewarm. They are not very deep, not even close for any kind of swimming, but more suited for sitting and soaking. This is an extremely popular place for both Turks and visitors from abroad. This has been the case for the past 2000+ years! The best part of taking in the pools is the view of the valley in the distance. Beautiful!
The second option is to take in the Pamukkale resort. It is a facility that surrounds the pools with the Greek ruins. There is a nominal charge to go swimming. There are facilities for food, clothing change as well as lounging and people watching.
In addition to enjoying the hot springs, the Pamukkale area is surrounded by archaeological and cultural historic sites. One of the seven churches of Revelation is located a short distance away. Check out our recent post on visiting all seven of the locations.
The Best of Bodrum
Our next stop on our Turkish adventure is the beach resort city of Bodrum. If you’re looking for a Turkish escape that will stir your senses, a holiday to Bodrum will be perfect for you. This picture perfect resort hums with the hustle and bustle of locals and holiday makers alike enjoying the sunshine in the beautiful Bodrum bay.
Situated on the south western side of Turkey, Bodrum commands a stunning coastline that marries with the Aegean Sea. Enjoy long, lazy days relaxing on Bodrum’s golden beaches, not forgetting to dabble in some fun water sports to ensure you have a holiday to remember. Bodrum is perfect for families with small children, thanks to the warm, shallow waters that gently lap the soft sands – perfect for paddling and building sandcastles with the kids! There’s a lot for the grownups to enjoy too, such as a romantic sunset stroll along the shore sinking your toes into the soft sand. Highly recommended!
If you fancy exploring on holiday, you won’t be disappointed with the sights and sounds of this picture perfect location. The breathtaking Bodrum Castle is a must see, as well as the cosmopolitan marina dotted with colorful boats creating a contrast of the traditional and modern. The castle hosts several fabulous festivals every year, creating a party atmosphere not to be missed – it’s definitely worth trying to tie your holiday date in with one of these events if you love to dance the night away. Take a stroll through the old town, barter with the locals for fine handmade goods or get lost in a bustling bazaar for an hour or two. There’s no shortage of new sights to discover in Bodrum, so you’re guaranteed a new experience every day of your holiday.
One of the best ways to visit this wonderful corner of the world is to join a tour operator. You can book Thomas Cook packages to Bodrum at any time of year, as the Mediterranean climate ensures hot, sunny, summer days and mild, balmy winters.
Add these two wonderful Turkish destinations to your travel plans.