Hot springs and terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.
The surreal beauty of these mineral hot springs in south-west Turkey draws so many tourists that access is now restricted in the hope that its natural wonder will be preserved for many more people to admire.