Travelled: 298 klms from Egirdir to Pamakkale. Visited: Sagalassos TL10pp, then Hierapolis and the Travertines in Pamakkale. Stayed: Behind Seyir Restuarant, TL50, usual services. Fabulous pool. N37.92001, E29.11691.
Unfortunately this blog covers our visit to two ancient roman cities, so I apologise in advance.
From Egirdir we continued our journey west across Anatalia. While seemingly only a short distance on the map we head from the ancient city of Sagalassos. However our passage over the White Mountains is slow. There is little traffic but the road is a series of hairpin bends up mountains, then back down. Eventually we reach Aglasun and start winding up another steep road to the World Heritage Site, Sagalassos.
Another gate on the lower Agora. It’s a long way to Pamakkale and it’s time to head down the mountain and continue west. There is no direct route, there are mountains and lakes to negotiate so it’s another long drive.
We arrive in Pamakkale and negotiate a campsite. It’s been a long day and this place has a fabulous pool. There are three entry points to the site but the southern gate high on the mountain opens at 6 am, so we plan an early entry so we can wander about and enjoy both Hierapolis and the Travertines before the crowds and Turkish sun take the fun out of it.
One of the most amazing places we have visited in our travels, Pamakkale.
We walk back to the campsite have another coffee with breakfast and pack up, we’ll pick up the bikes on our way out of town. Turkey is a big country and despite some excellent freeways it will still take us almost 5 hours to reach the Port of Bodrum on the west Aegean coast.