Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale.
Pamukkale, literally means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish, is indeed a natural wonder.
Pamukkale is made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins.
At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.
The highlight of Karahayit is a natural hot spring. Due to the minerals existing in its structure, the hot spring water spreads reddish color to the environment and it is believed that they provide healing to the visitors for 5000 years.
Locally known as ‘Kirmiz Su’, which translates to red water, it is very rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphurs, at about 56 degrees.
On Oona’s last day of visit, we decided to go to Şirince, an old Greek village located near the town of Selcuk, in the province of Izmir, Turkey. Once a Greek-populated mountain village, Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century. Most of what one sees today was built around the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning “Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them. The village’s name was changed to Şirince (meaning “Pleasant”) in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province. Şirince has long winemaking tradition with different types of fruits, particularly peaches, blueberries, cherries& pomegranate. The last dolmus leaves Sirince at 21:00, Hence, you could afford to stay a night at one of the boutique hotels, you could experience true beauty of Sirince and its sunset.
After the decline of ancient Ephesus and of the Roman Empire, it was only rediscovered and excavated until the 1860s. Despite the fact only about 15% of the site has been unearthed, it is still the largest excavated area in the world.
The Library of Celsus was constructed in 123 AD. It was the third largest library in the ancient world, after Alexandria and Pergamon. From Kusadasi, you can take the Dolmuş (minibus in Turkey) for TRY6 one way, in the direction to Selcuk. This dolmus runs frequently, about every 15 minute. The journey itself would take about 30min and the dolmus would leave you at around 1km from the lower gate situated downhill near the Great Theatre.
Ölüdeniz, literally means “Dead Sea”, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and lagoon along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Situated just 15km South of Fethiye, Ölüdeniz is an extremely popular tourist destination (especially Northern Europeans) from May to October.
My love & I only had 26 hours to enjoy this little piece of heaven and we could not wait to come back in about 3 weeks time.
We stayed at Seril Hotel in Fethiye, at €35 per night, Seril is certainly one of the most nicely designed budget hotel I had experienced.
An easy 10min journey on the dolmus ($2 Turkish Lira one way) would take us from our hotel to Fethiye Otogar (the main bus station). From there, another dolmus would take you to Ölüdeniz ($5 Turkish Lira one way, 20min approx.)Once you have arrived, you will be welcomed with breathtaking views of beach, turquoise water, lush mountains and endless paragliders in soaring in the sky.
You might be tempted to jump into the sea right in front of you immediately. However, I would strongly urge you to head to the Ölüdeniz Nature Park ($4.50 Turkish Lira per entry). It is a mere 5min walk stroll from where the dolmus drops you off and it would be way less touristy than the beach right in from of where the dolmus drops you off. Once you are inside the park, you can head to the Lagoon immediately for all sorts of water sports. We did kayaking, $12 Turkish Lira for an hour’s rental. It could get a little crowded during summer season but you would care at all with all its beauty right in front of you. Especially if you love people watching, then this is a brilliant place to be.