Fly over the ‘White Cas­tle’ with hot air bal­loons

With white travertines, heal­ing wa­ters that turned the wrath of Greek gods into medicine and the an­cient city that the mod­ern town was built on, Pa­mukkale is a must-see des­ti­na­tion in Tur­key, es­pe­cially from a hot air bal­loon

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

PA­MUKKALE is a gift of na­ture to hu­mankind and we earth­lings were quick to dis­cover this jewel. With its nat­u­ral won­ders and rooted his­tory, Pa­mukkale has been draw­ing tourists for cen­turies and now, tourists have the chance to dis­cover this town from a birds-eye view with a hot air bal­loon.

Tourists who join the tours in Pa­mukkale in the south­west­ern prov­ince of Deni­zli with hot air bal­loons have the op­por­tu­nity to watch the sun­rise in the bal­loon bas­ket along with en­joy­ing the per­fect view of white travertines and an­cient cities.

The white heaven of Pa­mukkale, which at­tracts the at­ten­tion of tourists with its world-fa­mous white travertines, hot springs and an­cient cities, hosts hun­dreds of guests ev­ery year.

Tourists who go to Pa­mukkale, which is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, from their ho­tels by bus can­not hide their ad­mi­ra­tion for the snow-white col­ored travertines. The hot air bal­loon tours are also pop­u­lar among tourists.

In­ter­na­tional tourists who want to watch the sun­rise and see the unique ae­rial view of Pa­mukkale have to re­serve their places for the bal­loons days in ad­vance to en­joy this ex­pe­ri­ence.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the launch area, tourists can ob­serve the prepa­ra­tions for their flight. They are then loaded onto the bas­ket at­tached to the hot air bal­loon and ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cit­ing mo­ments, of­ten tak­ing self­ies as they are in the air.

The ma­jor­ity of tourists vis­it­ing Pa­mukkale ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the hot air bal­loons are from Korea, Japan and China.

Nevzat Köse, who is the gen­eral di­rec­tor of a bal­loon com­pany, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they have been con­tin­u­ing the bal­loon tours for two years.

Not­ing they con­trib­ute to the in­tro­duc­tion of Deni­zli and re­ceive sup­port from au­thor­i­ties in this con­text, Köse said, “Af­ter I con­ducted this project in Cap­pado­cia for 20 years, I de­cided to re­turn to my home­town, Pa­mukkale. We have been con­tin­u­ing these tours for two years here. We aim to en­liven the bal­loon tourism in this district. Tourists get in the line in or­der to watch the sun­rise here and they en­joy the bal­loon tours.”

Akia Ablah, from Africa, ex­plained that she came to Pa­mukkale for the first time and said, “It is a per­fect place. Green and white col­ors are to­gether here. It is one of the most unique places I have ever seen.”

Taiyu Too from China said it is her third time vis­it­ing Pa­mukkale and she tells her friends to visit this au­then­tic place.


Pa­mukkale of­fers a re­lax­ing - and med­i­cal - ex­pe­ri­ence at its heal­ing wa­ters that have been of­fer­ing its won­ders for thou­sands of years.

Dis­cov­ered by the Phry­gians thou­sands of years ago, the heal­ing wa­ters of Pa­mukkale are pop­u­lar among those who seek al­ter­na­tive medicine.

The white par­adise of Pa­mukkale of­fers unique well­ness treat­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with its an­tique hot springs and min­er­al­rich ther­mal pools. Pa­mukkale has been known as a spa town and ther­mal treat­ment cen­ter for mil­len­nia and is es­pe­cially fa­mous for its white lime­stone travertines, shaped by cal­cium-rich hot springs.

With wa­ter tem­per­a­ture fixed at 36 de­grees Cel­sius re­gard­less of the sea­son, the heal­ing wa­ters of Pa­mukkale are be­lieved to have heal­ing ben­e­fits for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, rheuma­tism, skin and nerve dis­eases as well as in­testi­nal dis­or­ders if it is drunk. The Kara­hayit re­gion, also known as a city of ther­mal cures, is the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for cure-seek­ers in Pa­mukkale. The un­usual red wa­ter of the Kara­hayit ther­mal pool, which re­mains at an av­er­age of 60 de­grees Cel­sius all year round, wells up from be­neath the cal­cite rocks and is rich in iron. This red wa­ter is be­lieved to help those with rheuma­tism, asthma, bron­chi­tis and skin dis­eases.


The An­cient City of Hierapolis is a ma­jor an­cient city in the Aegean re­gion which was placed on the UNESCO World Her­itage List back in 1988.

Hierapolis flour­ished, reach­ing its peak of im­por­tance in the sec­ond and third cen­turies A.D. under the rule of the Ro­man Em­pire. How­ever, the city was de­stroyed by an earth­quake in 60 A.D. and re­built. Re­mains of the Greco-Ro­man pe­riod in­clude baths, tem­ple ru­ins, a mon­u­men­tal arch, a nymphaeum, a necrop­o­lis and a the­ater. Fol­low­ing the ac­cep­tance of Chris­tian­ity by the em­peror Con­stan­tine and his es­tab­lish­ment of Con­stantino­ple as the “new Rome” in 330 A.D., the town was made a bish­opric. As the place of St. Philip’s mar­tyr­dom in 80 A.D., com­mem­o­rated by his Mar­tyrium build­ing in the fifth cen­tury, Hierapolis with its sev­eral churches be­came an im­por­tant re­li­gious cen­ter for the Eastern Ro­man Em­pire.

Pa­mukkale’s fa­mous traver­tine ter­races.

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