Today, Thursday the 31st of October 2013, we left behind the Aegean Sea and ventured inland to a part of Turkey where the natural formations have a surreal aspect. We visited Pamukkale where the calcium-rich, thermal springs have created snow-white ledges. Naturally, the Romans turned this into a spa town (Hierapolis) and there are ruins of the baths and amphitheater. There is also a museum containing artifacts that were unearthed at this site.
You are not actually meant to bathe in the travertines, and you are forbidden from wearing footwear of any type, but lots of people were wading or even sitting in them. I suggest wearing something light with a swimsuit underneath and sandals or rubber flip flops as there is no place to change.
There is also a public bath, known as the Antique Pool or Sacred Pool, that has change rooms etc. and charges an entrance fee. There are sections of the original Roman columns in the pool.
Our tour booked us into the Hotel Lycus River which is rated 3 out of 28 hotels in the area on Trip Advisor. It had indoor and outdoor hot pools that could be used free of charge, as well as, a Turkish bath, spa, and fish spa, all for a fee. At the time, I didn’t know that Turkey knew about ‘doctor’ fish as I had only ever seen them in Asia, but the sign said they were Turkish fish. I love learning new things!