Hot springs are one of the world’s greatest natural beauties. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could bask in their geothermal glory for a day?
Though there exists the debate about the advantages and disadvantages of hot and cold showers, a rather undisputed fact is that a dip in the thermal waters of hot springs is actually good for you. Just a simple run-through: hot springs are basically natural hot water channels that stem from volcanoes or other underground geothermal activity. Occasionally, the temperature and pH level is suitable for people to soak in, but some are solely for viewing purposes only.
While being in extremely warm water may be concerning for some, the list of supposed benefits that soaking in the waters may bring is extremely attractive.
If we are talking about natural beauty, the Pamukkale is one of the most epic wonders. With its fluffy cotton pools and geologic heritage, it is beautiful from all angles. The snowy white calcium cascade terraces called travertines flow down into the Menderes Valley like golden hairs of the mountains in the sunset.
The Pamukkale and the Hierapolis, an ancient city, were both recognized as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988. For locals, it is also the 8th Wonder of the World. The name Pamukkale means ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish. Besides its adorable beauty, it is a geological formation which is based on 17 main hot water springs that are actually sources of the calcium carbonate which gets deposited as mineral rock on the surface.
Honestly speaking, most of the options to warm up on a cold day are kind of uncool. No offense to those who partake, but wrapping yourself up in a blanket, sipping tea or wearing multiple sweaters should be reserved for those 60-plus. Instead of rolling over and giving in, why not take off to an incredible destination? Even if you can’t visit these physically, they’re visually stunning, and the sight alone will be enough to warm you up. Take this with a grain of salt, though — while all of these are awe-inspiring, not all of them are swimmable.
Cotton castle – that’s exactly what this hot spring’s name ‘Pamukkale’ translates into. The recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey, where locals have developed an impressive tourism system including various accommodations. In fact, the region continues to thrive on tourism so much that they’ve replaced roads with artificial pools to meet demand. To begin listing some of the many reasons why tourists continue to visit, Pamukkale is both fun to observe and equally entertaining to swim in, thanks to its moderate temperature. The travertines, or “calcium carbonate shelves”, are filled with water that is best viewed in the winter, when the shelves freeze to truly resemble cotton in appearance.