In early October 4 of us set off on a 16 day car trip that would take us to many different places in central/south western Turkey.
Our first stop was at Pamukkale, close to Denizli, where we also visited Karahayit with its mud baths frequented for their curative properties.
Later it became more famous for the calcium covered escarpment which had gradually formed into pools and cascades. 30 years ago when we first visited Pamukkale (the name means cotton castle in Turkish) there were a number of thermal spa hotels on the top of the escarpment but these have since been demolished as they were consuming all the water which is what naturally forms the calcium terraces. There is now just one thermal pool charging a hefty entrance fee if you want to swim in it.
there was now no water in the pools and only a slim trickle in the main channel where it’s possible to walk down to the park below.
We chickened out of doing this as it was very slippery. One woman fell into the water channel and had to be helped out and another unfortunate fell into a pool, taking his camera with him.