Why this Unesco World Heritage site is becoming a health tourism spot; James Gabriel Martin; Lonely Planet

Turkey – Hierapolis-Pamukkale

For many travellers, January inevitably means the start of planning getaways for the year ahead, with wellness and health often being on the agenda following the overindulgence and merry-making that comes with the month of December. One location that has proven particularly popular in recent times is Pamukkale in western Turkey, famous for its white calcite travertines, petrified waterfalls and terraced basins, and the mineral-rich water that attract bathers seeking its therapeutic properties.

Originating from springs on a 200-metre-high cliff, the unique landscape of Pamukkale is also home to Hierapolis, once the home to a Roman and Byzantine spa city, and the ruins of monuments, ancient baths and temples that were built on the site can still be seen today. A unique aspect of the experience is that tourists can pay to have a dip in Cleopatra’s Pool at the site, and swim around the ruins.

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