Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish and as soon as you clap eyes on this place you’ll see why. It’s a series of mountainside terraces where natural springs have solidified into snowy-white stalactites and cliffs. The effect is strangely beautiful – a winter-like wonderland of petrified tiers and pools. The Romans first realised the potential of the place, establishing a health spa here. And nowadays, people still flock here to admire the scenery and bathe in the main, thermal pool. You’ll start at the ice-white terraces, snapping photos of the surreal landscape. Then it’s on to Hierapolis, the town the Romans built nearby. Check out its temples, streets and amphitheatre. Next comes the chance to swim in the Thermal pool – a gorgeous small lagoon. Sometimes known as Cleopatra’s Pool, its waters are littered with broken Roman columns and ruins. You’ll need to pay extra to swim here, but it’s an unforgettable experience.

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