Whilst J and I were on our Magical Mystical Tour seeking out those beautiful and evocative painted mosques for convenience we based ourselves in the small town of Pamukkale. It’s a good few years since we visited the site of the travertines and, although mildly amazed, we spent the bulk of our time exploring the extensive ruins and seeking out flora and fauna. Neither of us felt a strong urge to return. As for the town, our only impressions were of a stuffed camel faded to green, garnered as we’d whizzed along the bypass, a piece of construction that was probably the best thing about the place!
Anyway, time had moved on and it was reasonable to expect that with its growing, world-wide reputation Pamukkale had as well. We’d booked a reasonable place online and it served us well as we radiated out to each of the mosque sites and the all-important Pamukkale Wine Company. Driving out each morning we were forced to notice what an dismal place much of the town is. As we usually came home in the dark we were saved from the trauma of a double daily dose. Keep in mind that the travertines of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hieropolis are a World Heritage Site that hosts countless thousands of visitors annually. That being so you would think that creating a good impression might sit high on someone’s list of priorities – it does – look at these typically tasteful examples along the main road and then I’ll introduce you to Pamukkale’s International Ambassador of Good Taste.
a tasteful hotel – even has bits of Dalyan attached
a tasteful restaurant complete with tasteful concrete dinosaurs, a tasteful concrete tree with tasteful lamps and a tasteful flashing light on top
the tasteful and well-named ‘Natural Park’ at the foot of the travertines complete with tasteful concrete water features and a tasteful artificial lake
in case you didn’t have the good taste to realise you are in the World Heritage Site
. . or the good taste to appreciate the varied wildfowl and other species
Finally, credit where it is due – let me introduce you to Pamukkale’s Ambassador of Good Taste, the world renowned personality and film star Miss Cupid Stunt (appearing by kind permission of Kenny Everett Esq)
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü