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Hierapolis

Hierapolis

Free admission
Pamukkale

The Basics

Romans built the city of Hierapolis on a plateau in the Lycus River Valley to be close to the curative thermal baths in the nearby hillsides. The pools are naturally occurring, except for Cleopatra’s Pool (also known as Antique Pool), which was supposedly a gift from Mark Anthony. A 7th-century earthquake toppled the adjacent Temple of Apollo, and its columns still sit in the water, where they fell.

You can visit the ruins of this ancient city, soak in the baths’ healing waters, and see the Hierapolis Archeology Museum, the Necropolis (cemetery), and the beautifully-preserved 20,000-seat amphitheater on a day trip from Izmir, Antalya, Kemer, or Belek. Many travelers also tack on trips to the nearby ancient cities of Colossae and Laodicea.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Pamukkale

star-5
A long day but one for your bucket...
Julie M, Oct 2016
Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour from Alanya
A long day but one for your bucket list. All good and worth the money, do it as its a sight to amaze
star-4
Amazing place, beautiful views and...
Indrė G, Jun 2016
Pamukkale Hierapolis Day Tour from Kemer
Amazing place, beautiful views and great opportunities to take photos. Highly recommend paying a couple of extra liras to experience Cleopatra's pool. The only reason I am giving 4 star review is that we were placed in a Russian speaking bus, thus we couldn't get proper info throughout most of the tour we had an English speaking guide when we got there and at the stop points. Also, it was very disappointing when we kept on being brought to shopping places such as textile and leather factories and wine making shop where we spent around 30-45 minutes at each and then were told that we have 25mins for lunch ! and only 3hours to enjoy the actual Pamukkale. So we needed to really rush to be able to see Hierapolis at the end.
star-4
All trips were only in Russian...
Daryl L, Oct 2015
Pamukkale Hierapolis Day Tour from Kemer
All trips were only in Russian Pamukkale was nice

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is a small entry fee for the hot springs, and it includes two hours in the pools and use of changing rooms. There is an additional fee to visit Cleopatra’s Pool.

  • You can rent lockers and purchase towels and swimsuits on site.

  • There is a cafeteria serving light snacks and drinks beside the pool.

  • The thermal pools area is quite large and can be fairly crowded and lively.

  • You can fill up your water bottle from a fountain connected to the source.

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How to Get There

Hierapolis is located about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Izmir via E87 and Denizli Aydin Yolu/D320/E87; the drive takes about 3–3.5 hours. You can also reach the site by taking a train or bus (which is more frequent) from Izmir to Denizli, then take a taxi to Hierapolis, which is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away; train rides take nearly 5 hours, and the bus takes about 3.5 hours.

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When to Get There

Cleopatra's Pool is open from morning until evening, and the natural pools are open 24 hours a day. Try to avoid peak hours, from about 11am until 4pm. The thermal pools are hot enough to attract tourists all year round, even in winter. For the most pleasant weather, come late spring (April through mid-June) and early autumn (mid-September through October) as summer and winter temperatures can be extreme.

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Hierapolis Archeology Museum

Housed in former Roman baths on the top of the Pamukkale mountains, this compact museum exhibits spectacular artifacts (some of which are 2,000 years old) that were found during the excavations of Hierapolis and nearby Laodicea. Among the treasures are elaborately carved sarcophagi, friezes, jewellery, statuary, and oil lamps.

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