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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Visiting the cloud land of Pamukkale

I headed to Turkey with one of my best mates Liz, who you might remember her from my Sweden posts. We were flying out from separate airports and Turkey was one of the only places where we could land within a few hours of each other so off we went!

The best thing we did was visit the mineral pools at Pamukkale; Pamukkale translates as 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish and I think you can see why; It looks like an actual cloud. It was really surreal because we were just driving through the countryside and suddenly the landscape changed to complete blinding white.

Lace up swimsuit from here

We hired a car to take us because it was a couple of hours from our hotel and we couldn't face doing one of those coach trips that stops everywhere you don't want to visit on the way; It was great because we got to spend as long as we wanted at Pamukkale and didn't have to hang around waiting for anyone else.

The entry points are a little walk from the baths which sounds like no big deal but oh.my.god I think we visited on the hottest day in the world. It was something like 37/38 degrees and so our skin felt like it was burning after about 3 minutes even with our factor 50 suncream. Visiting Turkey in August was so hard and I don't think I could do it again; It was the first time on a trip that I felt like I couldn't actually deal with the heat and I worked outside in a South African summer...

By the time we reached the salt baths we needed to get into the water ASAP just to cool off. I can't even tell you how nice it was to sit in the pools, put the really soft mud on our skin and feel instantly soothed from the heat. The mineral water is perfectly clear but looks a little green as the soft mud is stirred up. It made our skin feel unbelievably soft. I personally preferred it to the blue lagoon in Iceland because it didn't smell of sulphur and it didn't dry out my hair either.

The terraces that you see typically photographed were all closed off when we visited but they were dry so I'm not sure if that's how they always are or if it was just for the summer, but there were plenty of bigger pools to bathe in just a little further along so we still had a great time.

You have to take off your shoes to not erode or colour the calcite floor but it's quite easy to walk on because even though you're on a wet surface it's so rough and uneven that the grip is good. We walked down past the first terraces because they were full of people until we reached one that was empty. I'd recommend doing the same because otherwise you will just have loads of random people in your holiday snaps. Another thing we did was arrive by 10am and even then it was busy but it got much busier later; I'm not sure why they don't stagger tickets or have people book online because by about 1pm I don't think it would've been as fun to arrive.

Just an FYI, we wore our swimwear there and I think it's best to because there aren't many toilets or changing rooms.


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